Saturday, April 28, 2018
Clarksville, Arkansas | Hurie Softball Field
Game Three: University of the Ozarks 7, McMurry University 6 (9 innings)
University of the Ozarks (10-21, 10-17 ASC)
McMurry University (10-23, 6-23 ASC)
It was a big day for the University of the Ozarks softball team. Not only was it Senior Day, the 2018 club made history as it clinched a spot in the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament with an extra inning 7-6 win over McMurry University. Senior Katie Ventress drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth to send her teammates into a frenzy. Hailey Ostrander laced a single to lead off the bottom half, and Ventress calmly ripped a shot to left field to score Ostrander. The Eagles needed a comeback as they trailed 5-1 after two innings. The Eagles responded with four runs in the third on five hits. The Eagles recorded back-to-back hits and Ventress had a sacrifice fly to bring in one run. Hannah Oler followed with a single and Taylor Teague continued the momentum with an RBI double. The next batter, Kieara Bryant, had an RBI double to tie the game 5-5. In the fourth, the Eagles scratched across a run, but McMurry answered with a run in the top of the fifth. From there, Ventress kept the War Hawks off the board as she pitched four scoreless innings in relief. At the plate, Ventress finished 3-for-4 with three RBI. Ostrander went 4-for-5 with three runs and Oler went 3-for-4.
WP: Katie Ventress (W, 3-3) 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO
LP: Kamwren Jackson (L, 4-16) 8.0 IP, 14 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO
Bottom of 1st Inning
Brooke Hoffsommer flied out to lf. (1 out)
Hailey Ostrander singled to left field.
Hailey Ostrander stole second.
Katie Ventress singled to left field; Hailey Ostrander advanced to third.
Hannah Oler singled to right field, RBI; Katie Ventress advanced to second; Hailey Ostrander scored.
Taylor Teague lined out to ss. (2 out)
Kieara Bryant reached on a fielder's choice; Hannah Oler advanced to second; Katie Ventress out at third 3b unassisted.
Bottom of 3rd Inning
Brooke Hoffsommer doubled to left field.
Hailey Ostrander singled through the left side; Brooke Hoffsommer advanced to third.
Katie Ventress flied out to rf, SAC, RBI; Hailey Ostrander advanced to second; Brooke Hoffsommer scored.
Hannah Oler singled to left field, RBI; Hailey Ostrander scored.
Taylor Teague doubled down the lf line, RBI; Hannah Oler scored.
Kieara Bryant doubled to center field, RBI; Taylor Teague scored.
Sydney Key flied into double play cf; Kieara Bryant out on the play. (3 out)
Bottom of 4th Inning
Hailie Tolich lined out to 2b. (1 out)
Jaela Martin walked.
Brooke Hoffsommer singled, bunt; Jaela Martin advanced to second.
Hailey Ostrander singled, bunt; Brooke Hoffsommer advanced to second; Jaela Martin advanced to third.
Katie Ventress reached on a fielder's choice, RBI; Hailey Ostrander advanced to second; Brooke Hoffsommer out at third 3b unassisted; Jaela Martin scored.
Hannah Oler flied out to rf. (3 out)
The Eagles qualified for the playoffs for the first time in program history.
Katie Ventress's hit and Hailey Ostrander's run in the ninth was historic as it lifted the Eagles into the playoffs.
Seniors Brooke Hoffsommer, Hannah Oler, Hailie Tolich and Katie Ventress were honored prior to the game.
The Eagles will compete in the ASC Championship Tournament May 3-5 in Tyler, Texas.