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Softball: College Round-Up for Feb. 22

Lady Reddies drop pair to ECU

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State opened Great American Conference play dropping a double-header to East Central Oklahoma 6-3 and 7-3, Friday afternoon at Dee White Field.

In the opener, Henderson State built 3-0 lead through six innings before the Tigers erupted for six runs in the top half of the seventh.

The Lady Reddies (4-9, 0-2 GAC) took a 1-0 lead in the first-inning when Amber Klug singled home Amy Halter who led off the game with a single to center field.

Henderson made the score 3-0 in the fifth-inning when Jaylin Baldridge and Kailey Johnson had back-to-back solo home runs.

East Central scored six runs with two outs in the seventh-inning with the big hit being a three-run double by Lauren Reeves.

In the second game, the Tigers banged out 19 hits including a grand slam by Reeves in the fourth-inning.

Ashlyn White was 3-for-5 in the twin bill with a pair of RBI, while Amber Klug and Amy Halter added two hits each.

The two teams will finish the four-game series with a double-header Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.

Harding splits GAC opener

SEARCY — Harding (7-4, 1-1 GAC) won its first Great American Conference game defeating Southern Nazarene 4-2 before falling to the Crimson Storm (in game two 8-4.

Southern Nazarene moves to 7-4 on the season and 1-1 in the GAC.

It was Harding’s first games in Searcy as members of the NCAA.

Game One — Amanda Rollins got the win for Harding (2-1), pitching all seven innings and striking out a season-high 11 batters. Kayla Wyatt got the loss for Southern Nazarene (3-3).

Jessica Greene and Kinsey Beck both had two hits in the game.

Game Two — Harding took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Carolyn Clayton hit her first career homerun to left center.

The Crimson Storm increased its lead in the top of the fifth scoring five runs on five hits to go up 7-1. Andee Frazier hit a three-run home run in the inning for Southern Nazarene.

Courtney Derrick, Amanda Berdon and Carolyn Clayton all had two hits for Harding in the game.

Andee Frazier got the win for Southern Nazarene (3-2) and Danielle Hubbard (4-2) got the loss for Harding.

The two teams will wrap up the series on Saturday in a doubleheader that starts at noon.

UAM begin GAC with two wins

MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello softball team opened Great American Conference competition with a pair of road victories on Friday over Southwestern Oklahoma State (3-7, 0-2), winning the first game 10-7 and the second game 8-6 in 10 innings.

The Blossoms (9-4, 2-0 GAC) erased a 5-1 deficit in the first game with four runs in the top of the fourth inning, highlighted by doubles from sophomore Kali Piha, senior Beth Johnson and senior Channing Tharpe.

Sophomore Taylor Norris added a two-run home run in the seventh.

Pendley led UAM offensively with a 4-for-5 performance, while Piha followed with a 3-for-4 outing including two doubles and three runs batted in. Senior Courtney Wilson (4-2) earned the win despite allowing seven runs off 11 hits. Junior Katie Slaughter earns the save, her first of the year, after keeping SWOSU scoreless in the final 1.1 innings.

In the second game, UAM rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh, highlighted by a two-run home run by senior Brittany Eitel, to send the game into extra innings. The Blossoms used the long ball earlier in the game fort heir first two runs with a two-run homerun by junior Briana Daugherty.

Piha broke a 6-all tie in the top of the 10th inning with a two-run homerun, which held on to the game-winning blast.

Slaughter went the distance for the Blossoms to improve her record to 5-2 this season.

The two squads are back in action on Saturday with a double-header starting at noon to close out the four game series.

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