Clarksville, Ark.-The pitching duo of Stephany Henson and Andrea Mitchell allowed only six hits on the day as the University of the Ozarks softball team took a pair of non-conference games against Hendrix College on Tuesday.
<#IMAGE:1#>Henson, a freshman from Coal Hill, got her third two-hit shutout of the season in a 2-0 win in game one. The right-hander had a no-hitter going through six innings, but the Hendrix (16-24) bats got two hits in the top of the seventh to break up the feat. After back-to-back hits off Henson, the hurler battled back to keep the Warriors scoreless as she forced three straight grounders to end the game. Henson improves her record to 10-6. Ozarks (17-19) scored both of their runs in the bottom of the third inning. Danielle Dirks led off the inning with a single, and on the next play stole second. Tiffany Armstrong sparked the offense by hitting a triple to score Dirks. Kara Bartholomew then reached on a fielder’s choice, but ended up advancing all the way home on an errant throw at second base. Hendrix’s Kaylea Cecka (8-14) had a solid outing on the mound, as she allowed only four hits in the loss. Dirks led Ozarks with a 2-for-2 performance at the plate. Henson struck out three and did not issue a walk. Mitchell, a senior from Checotah, Okla., limited the Warriors to four hits as the Lady Eagles cruised to a 6-1 win in game two. Mitchell fanned one, and did not give up an earned run as she improves her record to 7-13 after the seven-inning bout. Hendrix got their only run in the first inning despite not recording a hit in the frame, taking advantage of a Lady Eagle error to cut the deficit to 2-1. Ozarks scored in the bottom of the first on two hits. Ozarks’ offense remained behind Mitchell, scoring one in the second and two in the third to hold a 5-1 advantage after three. Jodie Clark provided the Lady Eagles with a two-run double in the third. Chelsea Joslin doubled in Brooke Grice in the fifth to give Ozarks their final run of the game. Bartholomew had a perfect day at the plate as she finished 4-for-4. She also had two steals. Joslin and Clark each had two RBI. Clark stole twice. Ozarks will end the season when they travel to Clinton, Miss., to face Mississippi College on April 20 and April 21.