Clarksville, Ark.-The U of O softball team competed in games over the weekend at Hendrix College to wrap up fall play.
The Lady Eagles split into two teams and played each other to kick off the action. They then separated and played both Lyon College and Hendrix College. Ozarks “white” team dropped a 9-0 decision to Hendrix and a 9-2 setback to Lyon College. Ozarks “purple” team defeated Lyon College 8-5 and Hendrix 6-3.
“We came out today to prove that we are going to be competitive,” said head coach Laurie Adkins. “We are two team’s deep and this first game showed that.”
In the opening game, Ozarks’ white team jumped to an early lead against Ozarks’ purple, allowing them to take the win. Sophomore Ali Mathis and freshman Whitley Borin went 2-for-2 at the plate for the purple team. For the white, junior Kaci Foster finished 2-for-2. Freshman Arel Ferguson recorded 2 RBI, while junior Kelsey Stephens had one, and freshman Heather Roberts had three.
“If we can play this well against each other, I cannot wait until we are all together,” remarked freshman Tess Montgomery.
During the next game of the day, the white team played Hendrix College. Freshman Kelsey Hallman went 3-for-3 at the plate, but it wouldn’t be enough for Ozarks. Hendrix put three runs up in the first inning, and plated six more by the end of the game. Tabitha Porter pitched for the Lady Eagles.
After the Hendrix game, Ozarks’ purple took the field against Lyon College. The purple team took the field ready to compete. Junior Kelsey Mefford took the head of the defense by putting down three strikeouts on Lyon batters. Mathis went 2-for-2 at the plate. Senior Emily Burns posted a double in her 2-for-3 performance and junior Colbey Russo also went 2-for-3. Ozarks’ purple finished by out-scoring Lyon College 8-5.
“After falling to the white team in the first game, we knew we needed to come together as a team, put the bat on the ball and get the runs,” stated Mathis.
One win wasn’t enough for the U of O purple however, as they took to Hendrix College next. Hendrix scored first in the first inning causing the Lady Eagles to buckle down and put up a fight. Ozarks recorded five runs in the fifth inning by batting around the order, which proved to be the highlight of the game. Both Ali Mathis and Morgan Goates went 2-for-3 at the plate. Seniors Sarah Otteman and Emily Burns and freshman Casey Mays along with Molly Bowman all recorded one hit to assist in the win. Mefford held Hendrix to three runs while recording the win for the Lady Eagles.
The Ozarks’ white team then traded places on the field with purple to play Lyon College. Junior Kaci Foster started at the mound and was helped by freshman Tabitha Porter. Ozarks remained close until the 3rd inning when Lyon scored three, then put six more up on the scoreboard in the latter innings. Freshman Michelle Pelley, Ashley Bush, Heather Roberts, and Tabitha Porter all put up one hit for the Lady Eagles.
The Lady Eagles will come together again in the spring season where they hope to continue competing well. They will chalk up their experience at the tournament and take what they have learned into the rigors of the American Southwest Conference.
By Sarah Otteman, Student Assistant SID