Clarksville, Ark.-The University of the Ozarks softball team rallied late in game two of its double-header against Oklahoma Baptist University, but fell short 7-5 Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Bison (8-10) won game one 13-3.
In game two, the Eagles (5-14) struck first with a pair of runs in the opening frame. Cheyanna Miller doubled to left field and Sydney Key recorded a single to advance Miller. After a Katie Ventress groundout to move Key up one base, Hannah Oler delivered a big two-run single to right field. Kaitlyn David and Kayla Gray drew back-to-back walks to load the bases, but the Eagles were unable to generate any more runs. Oklahoma Baptist eventually took a 3-2 lead and then scored three more in fifth to hold a 6-2 advantage. The Eagles wouldn't go down easily though as Gray drew a bases loaded walk to bring in one run in the bottom of the fifth. Oklahoma Baptist scored once in the seventh to move ahead 7-3. But Ozarks put runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the seventh. After the Lady Bison recorded a strike out, Halie Tolich hit a clutch double to deep center field to drive two runs in. With the tying run at the plate, Ozarks couldn't produce any more.
Oler led Ozarks at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance. Oler (3-8) tossed seven innings to take the loss.
In game one, Oklahoma Baptist plated four runs in the first inning and four more in the third to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Ozarks scored twice in the fifth inning on a Gray and David RBI. Tolich had a sacrifice RBI in the sixth. Ventress (1-5) took the loss. Brooke Hoffsommer and Key each collected two hits.
The Eagles will host LeTourneau University March 17-18.