Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks softball team came from behind in each game to sweep Hendrix College in a non-conference twinbill on Wednesday afternoon.
Ozarks’ (10-5, 0-2) offense waited until the bottom of the seventh to come alive in game one, but it proved to be enough as the Lady Eagles scored four runs to pick up a 5-4 win. Facing a 4-1 deficit in the final inning, Brooke Grice led off with a double to leftfield. Chelsea Joslin then cranked out a single to score Grice. Tiffany Armstrong, pitch running for Joslin, stole second and advanced to third when Danielle Dirks reached on an error. Jeanne Randall followed with a single to score one and Dara Clark drew a walk to load the bases. Dana Marvin drew another walk to score one. With momentum clearly in favor of Ozarks and only one out, Jessica Pianalto stepped to the plate and sent a high fly ball that the right fielder dropped, allowing Randall to cross the plate for the game-winner. Hendrix (14-5) appeared to be heading for a win after six innings of action. Hendrix starting pitcher Lauren Seaborn threw a one-hitter through six, but Ozarks found their groove at the most opportune time. The Lady Eagles collected four hits in the seventh. Dara Clark went 2-for-3. Andrea Mitchell (5-1) received the win after pitching one and two-third innings. Chanceree Catlett started the game and held Hendrix to four hits while striking out six. Game two saw the Lady Eagles trail 3-2 after three innings of play, but rallied to score four in the fourth and three in the fifth to earn a 9-3 victory. The Lady Eagles battered Hendrix pitching for 14 hits and five different players had two hits in the game. In the third, Ozarks collected five hits, with Kara Bartholomew, Jodie Clark and Brooke Grice each tallying one RBI. Going into the bottom of the fifth, Ozarks built a comfortable 6-3 lead after Grice had an RBI walk and Joslin had a 2-RBI double. Joslin drove in four runs. Mitchell received the win after pitching four and two-third innings and striking out seven. Ozarks improves their all-time record against Hendrix to 10-5-1. Ozarks will host UT-Tyler this weekend in a four-game American Southwest Conference series. Friday’s double-header begins at 1:00 p.m., and Saturday’s games will begin at 11:00 a.m.