Prather Gets First Win As Head Coach

The Eagles captured a 7-6 win over Huntingdon College, giving new head coach Denise Prather her first win as a collegiate head coach.

Game Details:
Sunday, February 10, 2019
Memphis, Tenn. | Rhodes Softball Field

Game One: University of the Ozarks 7, Huntingdon College 6
Game Two: 
Rhodes College 6, University of the Ozarks 5


University of the Ozarks (1-3)
Huntingdon College (1-3)
Rhodes College (3-1)


Overview: New head coach Denise Prather led her team to a 7-6 win over Huntingdon College Sunday earning her first collegiate win as a head coach. Prather's club got big hits and played clutch defense in the sixth and seventh to secure the game. The Eagles generated two runs in the first inning, two more in the second and another two more in the third. After the third, the game was all tied up at 6-6. Riki Haase tripled in a pair of runs in the third for the Eagles. From there, starting pitcher Candace Rogers was lights out as she did not allow a run in the fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh inning. In the bottom of the fourth, Kieara Bryant blasted a momentum changing solo home run to break the tie and prove to the be game-winner. Huntingdon threatened in the sixth loading the bases with no outs, but the Eagles got an out at home and then Rogers forced a double play to end it. The Eagles were tested once more in the top of the seventh as Huntingdon loaded the bases with one out. The Eagles got another out at home and then Rogers recorded a flyout to end the game. Bryant ended the game with two runs, two hits and two RBI. Rogers pitched a complete game. 

Pitching Decisions:
WP: Candace Rogers (W, 1-1) 7.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO
LP: Mallory McCarty (L, 0-2) 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO

Ozarks' Scoring Summary:
M. Madden grounded out to 3b. (1 out); T. Teague doubled to right center.; K. Bryant singled, advanced to second on the throw, advanced to third on a throwing error by 1b, RBI; T. Teague scored.; T. Reiber doubled down the lf line, RBI; K. Bryant scored.; S. Jasna grounded into double play p to 1b to 3b; T. Reiber out on the play. (3 out)

A. Mork singled, advanced to second on a fielding error by cf, advanced to third.; E. Cantu walked.; E. Cantu out at second c to ss, caught stealing; A. Mork advanced to home on a fielder's choice. (1 out); R. Haase walked.; P. Lee flied out to rf. (2 out); L. Melton to p for M. McCarty.; R. Haase advanced to second on a wild pitch.; M. Madden struck out swinging, reached first on a passed ball, advanced to second on a throwing error by c; R. Haase advanced to third, scored on the throw.; T. Teague walked.; K. Bryant struck out swinging. (3 out)

T. Reiber flied out to rf. (1 out); S. Jasna walked.; A. Holt pinch ran for S. Jasna.; A. Mork struck out swinging; A. Holt stole second. (2 out); E. Cantu singled, advanced to second on the throw; A. Holt advanced to third.; R. Haase tripled to right field, 2 RBI; E. Cantu scored; A. Holt scored.; P. Lee grounded out to 3b. (3 out)

M. Madden flied out to 2b. (1 out); T. Teague lined out to 2b. (2 out); K. Bryant homered, RBI.; T. Reiber flied out to 3b. (3 out)

Denise Prather notches her first career win as a head coach.
Kieara Bryant homered, the fourth of her career.


The Eagles exploded for four runs in the third to take a 4-2 lead only to have Rhodes College storm back with the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to hand the Eagles a heart-breaking 6-5 loss. In the third, the Eagles recorded four hits to score four runs. Megan Madden and Paige Lee singled in runs and Kieara Bryant ripped a two-run double to give the Eagles a 4-2 advantage. Rhodes tied it in the fourth, but the Eagles responded with a run in the fifth. Tied 5-5 going into the bottom of the seventh, Rhodes recorded a one-out RBI double to end the game.

Pitching Decisions: 
LP: Abby Mork (L, 0-2) 6.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO
WP: Lauren King (W, 2-0) 7.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO

Ozarks' Scoring Summary:

S. Jasna popped up to 3b. (1 out); S. Kelly reached first on a throwing error by ss, advanced to second.; C. Miller out at first p to 2b, SAC, bunt; S. Kelly advanced to third. (2 out); M. Madden singled to center field, RBI; S. Kelly scored, unearned.; T. Teague singled to left field; M. Madden advanced to second.; P. Lee singled to left field, RBI; T. Teague advanced to second; M. Madden scored, unearned.; K. Bryant doubled to right center, 2 RBI; P. Lee scored, unearned; T. Teague scored, unearned.; A. Mork grounded out to ss. (3 out)

C. Miller singled to first base.; M. Madden reached first on a throwing error by ss, advanced to second on the throw; C. Miller advanced to third.; T. Teague reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second on the throw; M. Madden advanced to third; C. Miller out at home p to 3b to c.; P. Lee reached on a fielder's choice, RBI; T. Teague out at third ss to c to 3b; M. Madden scored, unearned.; K. Bryant popped up to 1b. (3 out)

Abby Mork fanned four in her outing.

Up Next:
The Eagles open conference play against Concordia University Texas February 15-16 in Austin, Texas.