Clarksville, Ark.-Lyon College scored twice in the top of the seventh to pull out a 4-3 win in game one Wednesday and then overcame a 1-0 deficit to take a 7-1 victory in game two over the Lady Eagles.
Kiley Parkers’ two-run double with two-outs in the top of the seventh broke a 2-2 tie and proved to be the difference as the Pipers (14-11) then held off a bottom of the seventh rally by Ozarks (3-17) to narrowly take game one. Trailing 4-2, the Lady Eagles stood strong, with Danielle Dirks leading off the final inning with a rip up the middle. With one out, Julie Wilkinson sent another single up the middle to put Dirks in scoring position. Both Dirks and Wilkinson stole a base and a wild throw by Piper pitcher Tenequa Martin trying to get Dirks at third allowed one run to cross the plate. With two outs, Ozarks got another runner on board and then an Emily Burns’ line drive up the middle appeared to be headed to the outfield, but Martin just snagged the screamer to end the game.
Nicole Ashley rocked an RBI single to right field to score Cassie Saorrono in the second. In the third, Rebecca Groff punched a single to right field to score Kayla Harris, tying the game at 2-2.
Stephany Henson (1-8) went the distance and fanned three. Henson gave up one earned run.
Ozarks out hit Lyon 10-8, with Wilkinson and Sarah Otteman each collecting two hits.
In game two, Ozarks opened the game with a 1-0 lead after Burns singled in Otteman in the first. But Ozarks would get only two more hits after that as Martin stopped the Lady Eagles from making a comeback. Lyon scored twice in the fourth and could have added more, but starter Kelsey Mefford got out of jam when she struck out April Wright to end the inning. Lyon later added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Mefford (0-4) took the loss after tossing five and two-third innings.
The Lady Eagles will travel to Longview, Texas, to face LeTourneau University April 3 and April 4.