Clarksville, Ark.-Brittany Wagnon's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh brought in the game-winning run as the University of the Ozarks earned a 6-5 American Southwest Conference win over Mississippi College Sunday.
The Lady Eagles (8-14, 3-9 ASC) dropped game two 7-0. Ozarks also completed Saturday’s game that was suspended and lost 2-1.
In Sunday’s win, Mississippi College (15-9, 6-6 ASC) came out early and scored a pair of runs in the top of the first. Ozarks responded with a three-run effort in the bottom of the frame to go ahead 3-2. Molly Bowman scored from third base on a wild pitch, and Reagan Littlefield and Heather Roberts each plated RBI. Ozarks built a 5-2 advantage in the third behind the powerful bat of Roberts. The sophomore blasted a two-run homer over the left field fence to give Ozarks starter Amber Rollins a comfortable lead to work with. The Lady Choctaws didn’t score until the sixth inning, but it would be enough to tie the game 5-5. The Lady Eagles then mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh as Ali Mathis led off with a double. Bowman advanced Mathis to third on a perfectly executed bunt. With one out, Wagnon calmly sent a fly ball to right field and Mathis was able to beat the throw.
Roberts finished 2-for-3 with three RBI. Rollins (7-8) took the win in a complete game.
Courtney Nunn and Megan Honea combined for a six-hit shutout in game two. Mississippi College used timely hits and took control of the game in the fourth when it scored three runs, putting the visitors in front 5-0. Tabitha Porter (1-5) took the loss.
In game two of the series finished Sunday morning, Ozarks was unable to hold a 1-0 lead after four as Mississippi College blasted a two-run homer in the fifth to push the Lady Choctaws to a one-run victory.
Littlefield picked up an RBI in the fourth. Porter suffered the loss.
Ozarks will host Texas-Dallas in a four-game series March 30-31.