Clarksville, Ark.-The UT-Tyler softball team handed the University of the Ozarks a pair of losses in an American Southwest Conference double-header on Friday afternoon.
UT-Tyler (16-4, 5-1) came away with a 6-2 victory in game one, benefiting from three Ozarks’ errors. The Patriots scored one in the first and three in the third while holding the Lady Eagles to one run in the bottom of the third. All four Patriot runs through three innings were unearned. UT-Tyler then added two more in the fourth to take a 6-1 advantage. Ozarks (10-7, 0-4) gained momentum in the sixth when Chelsea Joslin and Jeanne Randall had back-to-back singles. With one out, Dara Clark’s sacrifice bunt scored one, but that would be all Ozarks could muster. Chanceree Catlett (4-3) received the loss after pitching five innings. Catlett three strikeouts. Randall went 2-for-3. It was a pitcher’s dual through four innings of play before UT-Tyler pulled away with a 8-2 win in game two. After four, each team collected just one hit. Ozarks’ starter Dana Marvin had three strikeouts and walked only one during that span while UT-Tyler’s Amanda Hibbs was equally impressive, recording four of her seven strikeouts through four. A five-run fifth for UT-Tyler was the difference in the game. The Patriots had five hits in the inning, starting with a LaRheta Boatman home run. The Lady Eagles came back in the bottom of the sixth when Brooke Grice doubled. Joslin then smashed a two-run shot over the leftfield fence to make the score 5-2. It was Joslin’s second homer of the season. The Patriots added three security runs in the seventh while holding Ozarks to no hits in their final at bat. Marvin (1-3) received the loss after pitching four and one-third innings. Grice went 2-for-3. Ozarks will host UT-Tyler in a double-header tomorrow beginning at 11:00 a.m.