ETBU Grinds Out Double-Header Sweep

ETBU Grinds Out Double-Header Sweep

Game Details:
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Clarksville, Arkansas | Hurie Softball Field

Game One: No. 3 East Texas Baptist University 10, University of the Ozarks 2
Game Two:
 No. 3 East Texas Baptist University 5, University of the Ozarks 0

University of the Ozarks (8-18, 5-15 ASC)
East Texas Baptist University (26-1, 17-0 ASC)


Overview: Nationally ranked East Texas Baptist University plated two runs in the first, three runs in the second and one in the third to hold a 6-0 advantage en route to a 10-2 win over the Eagles in game one. The Eagles recorded a pair of hits in the bottom of the third, but couldn't get either base runner across home plate. In the fifth, Candace Rogers ripped a two-out double and Kieara Bryant reached base when she was hit by a pitch. Megan Madden then roped a clutch double down the left field line to score both runs. But the Eagles went scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings while the Lady Tigers added four more runs. Rogers paced the offense with two hits. The Eagles totaled four hits in all. 

Pitching Decisions:
WP: Beatriz Lara (W, 15-0) 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO
LP: Jaela Martin (L, 0-5) 2.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO

Ozarks' Scoring Summary:
Bottom of 5th Inning
H.Garcia to ss for C.Pierce.
Dean pinch hit for Reiber.
Dean struck out swinging.
Cantu pinch hit for Key.
Cantu struck out swinging.
Rogers doubled to left center.
Bryant hit by pitch.
Madden doubled down the lf line, 2 RBI; Bryant scored; Rogers scored.
Ostrander lined out to ss.

Candace Rogers recorded her first two-hit game at Ozarks. Rogers finished 2-for-3.


Overview: East Texas Baptist University got two-out hits with runners on in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to spoil a strong pitching performance from starter Abby Mork and grind out a 5-0 win. Mork allowed just one hit until the fourth. Mork's defense behind her was solid. Hailey Ostrander made the most spectacular play of the day when she stopped a ball from her shortstop position and threw out Corley Carpenter from her knees in the fourth. The Eagles had a pair of runners in scoring position in the second frame, but didn't score either. Trailing 4-0 late in the game, it looked as though the Eagles would make a comeback. In the bottom of the sixth, Jaela Martin led off with a clean single up the middle. With one out, Paige Lee reached base on an error and advanced all the way to second on the play. With Martin at third and Lee at second, the Lady Tigers were able to force the Eagles into a double to play. In the seventh, the Eagles threatened again as Riki Haase was hit by a pitch and Elisa Cantu followed with a single up the middle. But the Eagles were unable to record a hit the rest of the frame. Cantu had two hits to pace the Eagles.

Pitching Decisions: 
WP: Presley Cox (W, 9-1) 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO
LP: Abby Mork (L, 5-7) 6.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO

Hailey Ostrander displayed tremendous range from the shortstop position throughout the day. Ostrander made a stop in the fourth inning and threw the runner out at first from her knees.

Up Next:
The Eagles will wrap up the series against East Texas Baptist University April 1 at 1:00 p.m.