Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks softball team dropped two games on the road against UT-Dallas in American Southwest Conference play over the weekend in Richardson, Texas.
Ozarks moves to 7-5 overall and 0-2 in ASC play. The final two games of the weekend were rained out. UT-Dallas defeated the Lady Eagles 4-1 in game one and 4-3 in game two on March 17. In game one, Ozarks could do little against UT-Dallas’ ace pitcher Daci DeLeon. DeLeon held Ozarks’ bats in check throughout the game by striking out ten and allowing only one run. The Lady Eagles’ run came in the first when Brooke Grice got on with a two out single. Chelsea Joslin followed with a single down the right field line, moving Grice to third and then to home when the right fielder committed an error. Ozarks would connect on only two more hits in the game following the first inning. The Lady Eagles did have two base runners on in the top of the seventh with one out, but were unable to push them across the plate. Joslin finished the game 2-for-3. Chanceree Catlett (4-2) suffered the loss. Game two slipped away from the Lady Eagles as UT-Dallas limited Ozarks to just one run in the top of the seventh. Trailing 5-3 going into the final inning of play, Ozarks gained momentum when Jessica Pianalto opened the seventh with a double and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. With one out, Joslin walked to put runners at first and third. Danielle Dirks then reached on a fielder’s choice, but Pianalto was thrown out at home. Devon Bottoms, pitch running for Joslin, scored when Jeanne Randall knocked her in. UT-Dallas then closed out Ozarks’ hopes of a win by finishing the game off with a strikeout. UT-Dallas held a 3-1 lead after two innings of play before Dirks had an RBI in the top of the third to close the gap to 3-2. Trailing 4-2 after three, Ozarks again pulled within a run when Kara Bartholomew knocked in Marvin in the fourth. Randall went 3-for-4 and an RBI to lead Ozarks. Dana Marvin went 2-for-4. Marvin (1-2) took the loss after pitching four innings. She had three strikeouts.