Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks softball team dropped four American Southwest Conference games against UT-Tyler over the weekend in Tyler, Texas.
UT-Tyler (21-2, 6-2) came from behind and scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to secure a 2-1 victory over the Lady Eagles in game one on Friday. Ozarks (9-11, 3-5) took a 1-0 lead after the third when Stacy Simpson singled in Jodie Clark. The game remained 1-0 until the Lady Patriots’ late inning rally taking advantage of two Ozarks’ errors. UT-Tyler collected only one hit in the inning. The game saw a combined nine hits, with Ozarks holding a 5-4 advantage in the hit column. Andrea Mitchell (4-8) came in relief and received the loss. Starter Stephany Henson pitched six and one-third innings and struck out three. She surrendered only three hits. UT-Tyler edged Ozarks 4-3 in game two on Friday. The Lady Eagles again opened with a 1-0 lead after one inning, but were unable to maintain their advantage as the Lady Patriots scored once in the third and fifth innings and twice in the sixth. Ozarks had four hits in the first inning, with Chelsea Joslin notching an RBI single. Ozarks tied the contest at 2-2 in the top of the sixth when Danielle Dirks doubled in Jeanne Randall. However, UT-Tyler answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning on a Carley Collins two-run homer. Ozarks rallied for another run in the top of the seventh, but that would be all they could muster. Simpson, Joslin and Kara Bartholomew each had two hits. Joslin had a team-high 2 RBI. Mitchell received the loss. She struck out three and did not issue a walk. The Lady Eagles dropped both games in Saturday’s double-header. In game one, UT-Tyler’s Samantha Darr threw a two-hit shutout as the Lady Patriots claimed an 8-0 victory. The Lady Patriots set the tone early, scoring four runs on four hits in the first inning. Henson (5-3) took the loss. In game two, UT-Tyler again took a 8-0 win behind a three-hit pitching performance from a trio of players. Darr received the win and Mitchell took the loss. The Lady Eagles were out hit 13-3 in the game. The Lady Eagles will travel to Conway to face Hendrix College on March 28.