Harding sweeps Southern Nazarene

SEARCY - The Harding women’s softball team won both games of a Great American Conference doubleheader Saturday at the Lady Bison Softball Field with 5-3 and 2-0 victories over Southern Nazarene (6-7, 1-3).

The softball series was the first ever played on campus at Harding.

The Lady Bisons(9-4, 3-1 GAC) play a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday against Christian Brothers in Memphis.

Harding starter Amber Rollins (3-1) held Southern Nazarene hitless over the final two innings to give the Lady Bisons the victory. Rollins pitched her third complete game of the season and allowed seven hits and three runs (two earned).

Andee Frazier (3-4) took the loss in both games for the Crimson Storm.

The Lady Bisons received another outstanding pitching effort in game two. Freshman Danielle Hubbard (5-2) pitched a complete game and allowed seven hits and one walk in recording Harding’s first-ever shutout.

Harding had only two hits in the second game but they came from back-to-back batters in the fourth and resulted in the Lady Bisons’ two runs.

Brookelynn Moon drove in three of Harding’s seven runs in the doubleheader and scored another.

Blossoms split final two games at SWOSU

WEATHERFORD, Okla. — The University of Arkansas at Monticello softball team recorded the series victory over Southwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday on the road, but split the double header with an 11-6 win the first game and a 4-1 loss in the second game.

UAM (10-5, 3-1 GAC) scored its runs in bunches in the first game en route to securing the series victory.

Senior Brittany Eitel opened the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning and added a RBI double in the third.

Junior Sara Matthews had a three-run home run in the seventh along with a RBI double from senior Channing Tharpe.

Senior Courtney Wilson (5-2) earned the win after allowing four runs off 10 hits in the first 4 2/3 innings.

In the second game, SWOSU rallied for three runs in the bottom of the third inning off three hits and one UAM error.

Junior Lacy Blanchard ended the shutout bid with a solo home run in the top of the seventh for UAM’s lone run of the game. UAM was held to four hits in the game.

Junior Katie Slaughter (5-3) took the loss in complete-game fashion, giving up four runs (one earned) off seven hits in six innings of work.

The Blossoms are back in action next Saturday and Sunday (March 1-2) on the road against Henderson State with double headers each day starting at 1 p.m. at Dee White Field.

Tech drops first game, rallies to salvage split

PITTSBURG, Kan.— Ashley Savage had two home runs with four RBIs, Whitney Robinson went 4-for-7 at the plate, and Shanna Davidson had a homerun with three RBIs on the day as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (5-3) split a doubleheader against the Pittsburg State Gorillas (5-3), losing the first game 6-4 before winning the second game 7-1 on Saturday.

Robinson went 3-for-4, Savage crossed the plate twice after going 1-for-4 at the plate with a home run, and Davidson went 1-for-4 with three RBIs in the first game.

Victoria Huie started on the mound for the Golden Suns and went four innings while giving up six hits and two earned runs. She walked two batters and had one strikeout. Carlie Caruthers came in for relief in the fifth, picking up her first loss of the season after she pitched the final two innings and gave up two earned runs on four hits.

Sydnee Clark shut down the Gorillas for the remainder of the second game while Tech tacked on another run in the sixth to end the game 7-1 after scoring six in the fourth.

Reeves went 3-of-4 with an RBI, Huie went 2-for-4 in the designated hitter spot, and Savage used her second home run of the day to go 1-of-3 with three RBIs in game two.

Clark (1-1) walked five batters but only gave up two hits and one earned run while adding two strikeouts.

Tech will open conference play with double-headers at East Central for their next games on Feb. 28 and March 1.

Lady Reddies win series finale

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State scored three runs in the fourth-inning and held on to beat East Central 4-3, Saturday in Great American Conference softball at Dee White Field.

Down 2-1, the Lady Reddies (5-10 overall, 1-3 GAC) erupted for three runs the following inning as Tricia Hock laced a double in the gap to score Sarah Gipson who walked earlier in the inning.

Amy Halter then delivered a two-out, two-run triple to give the Lady Reddies a 4-2 advantage.

After giving up a run, HSU starting pitcher Hannah Bender was relieved by Ashlyn White. White managed to get the final out of the inning.

Bender picked up the win in the circle to improve to 2-1 on the season, while White was credited with her first save.

In game one, ECU (11-6, 3-1) banged out 10 hits and got three home runs to beat the Lady Reddies 11-3.

White led the Henderson offense in the four-game series going 5-for-11 with four RBI, while Klug was 4-for-11 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI.

The Lady Reddies will next play host to Arkansas-Monticello in a four-game GAC series beginning March 1.

Warriors drop pair to ‘Roos

SHERMAN, Texas — The Hendrix College softball loss both games of a double-header to Austin College to open the 2014 season. The Warriors (0-2) fell to the ‘Roos (4-3) 9-8 in game one, then lost 8-7 in the nightcap.

In the opener, Hendrix used three runs in the first and four in the third to build an early 7-1 lead. After scoring one in the third, Austin used a seven-run fifth to take a 9-7 lead. Pitcher Sophia Hernandez hit a two-run home run in the inning for the ‘Roos.

Morgan Fires led the Warriors at the plate with three hits and three RBI. Sophomore first baseman Shelby Anderson went 2-for-3 with two runs, two driven in and a stolen base. Junior third baseman Katy Havens scored twice.

Freshman Hope Resor (0-1) gave up 10 hits, four earned runs, and three walks with two strikeouts in six innings in the losing effort.

In the second game, Michaela Larabee went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and a RBI for the Warriors. Anderson had two hits, including the home run, and drove in three. Victoria Hughes had a triple and three RBI and freshman catcher Amanda Riley recorded a double and a single.

Sophomore Kayla Patton (0-1) took the loss by giving up 13 hits, six earned runs, two walks and two strikeouts.

Hendrix will take on the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, in a double-header on Sunday.