Thursday, May 3, 2018
American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament
Tyler, Texas | UT-Tyler Softball Field
Final: Texas Dallas 5, University of the Ozarks 4
University of the Ozarks (10-22)
Texas Dallas (24-17)
The softball team's historic run to the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament came to an end Thursday as Texas Dallas took a narrow 5-4 win. The Eagles (10-22) mounted a late inning rally to even the score in the top of the sixth, but Texas Dallas scored the game-winning run in the bottom half of the inning to end the Eagles' season. The Comets (24-17) led 3-0 after three innings, but Ozarks wouldn't go down easily in its first appearance in the Tournament. With the bases loaded in the fourth, Kieara Bryant was hit by a pitch to bring in the program's first run in the tournament. Taylor Teague singled to center field in the next at-bat, and the Eagles trailed just 3-2. Texas Dallas then recorded back-to-back outs to end any further damage by the Eagles. The Comets added a run in the bottom of the fourth, but the Eagles again rallied to even the score 4-4 in the top of the sixth. With one out, Hannah Oler doubled and with two outs Teague singled in the run. The Eagles weren't done as Riki Haase doubled in Teague to tie the game 4-4. However, the Comets recorded three hits in the bottom of the sixth, with the key RBI coming with one out. Katie Ventress then induced a double play to get out of the frame. The Eagles went down in order in the top of the seventh to end the game. The Eagles qualified for the ASC Champoinship Tournament for the first time in program history in 2018.
WP: Karen Crane (W, 15-8) 7.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
LP: Katie Ventress (L, 4-4) 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 SO
Ozarks' Scoring Summary:
Top of 4th Inning
Brooke Hoffsommer hit by pitch.
Hailey Ostrander reached on a fielder's choice; Brooke Hoffsommer out at second 3b to 2b. (1 out)
Katie Ventress singled to shortstop; Hailey Ostrander advanced to second.
Hannah Oler singled to catcher; Katie Ventress advanced to second; Hailey Ostrander advanced to third.
Kieara Bryant hit by pitch, RBI; Hannah Oler advanced to second; Katie Ventress advanced to third; Hailey Ostrander scored.
Taylor Teague singled to center field, RBI; Kieara Bryant advanced to second; Hannah Oler advanced to third; Katie Ventress scored.
Riki Haase fouled out to 3b. (2 out)
Gabby Ellis reached on a fielder's choice; Taylor Teague advanced to second; Kieara Bryant out at third 3b unassisted.
Top of 6th Inning
Samantha Halliburton to c for Kennadey Zimmerman.
Kendra Litchfield to rf for Lauryn Manning.
Katie Ventress grounded out to p. (1 out)
Hannah Oler doubled to left center.
Kieara Bryant struck out swinging. (2 out)
Taylor Teague singled to right field; Hannah Oler advanced to third, scored on an error by rf, unearned.
Riki Haase doubled to right center, RBI; Taylor Teague scored, unearned.
Gabby Ellis grounded out to 2b. (3 out)
The Eagles qualified for the ASC Champoinship Tournament for the first time in program history in 2018.
Seniors Brooke Hoffsommer, Hannah Oler, Hailie Tolich and Katie Ventress finished their careers for Ozarks.