Clarksville, Ark.--Ouachita Baptist University spoiled the home-opener for the women's softball team on Tuesday picking up a 15-1 win and a 7-5 extra-inning victory at Hurie Field.
Ouachita Baptist (7-6) used a ten run second inning outburst to put the Lady Eagles (1-2-1) away early and lift the Lady Tigers to an impressive win in the first game of Tuesday’s chilly double-header. Ozarks gave up 16 hits while collecting only three in the game. The Lady Eagles scored their lone run of the game in the fourth inning when Jessica Pianalto crossed the plate. Pianalto reached on an error and later scored on an error. Chelsea Joslin, Devon Bottoms and Kara Bartholomew each collected one hit apiece. Chanceree Catlett (1-1) received the loss. The Lady Tigers needed a three-run ninth inning to overcome an Ozarks’ team that tied the score in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings. OBU took a 2-0 lead into the third inning before Ozarks scored two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to tie the contest behind RBI doubles by Kayla Reedy and Joslin. Each team would then score two runs in the sixth inning and one run in the seventh inning to even the contest at 5-5. Battling temperatures in the lower-40’s and facing a 5-4 deficit, the Lady Eagles late-inning clutch play came in the bottom of the seventh. Reedy led off the inning with a walk. Erica Newell then recorded a sacrifice hit to advance Reedy to second. Joslin then hit a shot to right field to tie the score at 5-5. OBU, however, would score enough runs in the top of the ninth to escape with a win. Reedy, Joslin and Dana Marvin each had two hits to lead the Lady Eagles. Joslin finished with a team-high two RBI. Marvin (0-1) received the loss after pitching the entire nine innings. Marvin recorded six strikeouts. The Lady Eagles travel to Irving, Texas, for the American Southwest Conference cross-over tournament held on March 4-5. Ozarks will face Texas Lutheran and Hardin-Simmons on March 4 and Howard Payne and Mary Hardin-Baylor on March 5.