ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – Southeastern’s LadyStorm softballers logged a 4-2 win in the Great American Conference opener against Ouachita Baptist here Saturday, then dropped a 1-0 decision in nine innings in the nightcap.
That leaves the Storm at 6-5 overall and 1-1 in conference play. OBU is 5-7 and 1-1.
Coach Ron Faubion said, “We missed several opportunities to score when we had the right people at the plate and you just can’t do that and win.
“It hurts to lose and it sure doesn’t help when you are without two starting outfielders and one of them leads the team in home runs and runs batted in.
“We also had some mental mistakes and we normally don’t do that. We’re just not hitting the ball well, not getting good at-bats.
“We had some good pitching and also made some bad pitches in critical situations. We did have a shortstop-catcher-first base double-play with the bases loaded and our catcher (Connor Harmon) blocked one ball in the dirt and threw out the batter at first base.
“We’re playing poorly right now and it’s hurting us.”
Laramie Beal was the leading hitter on the day with three for five, a home run and two RBIs. Lacie Cook was three for six and Sydney Kramer two for seven.
Southeastern and OBU are scheduled to complete the series with a twinbill Sunday (today.)
The Lady Tigers scored a run in the first and the Storm broke it open with four runs on four hits, including a 2-run home run by Laramie Beal, in the third.
Mindy McElroy pitched the first 5.2 innings, scattering seven hits, walking none and striking out two before Jacee Bennett came on with a runner on second and two out in the sixth. McElroy got the win and improved to 3-1.
Bennett gave up an RBI-double before slamming the door the rest of the way, working 1.1 innings, allowing no runs on two hits and whiffing one to pick up a save.
The Storm exploded for four hits in a row in the big third inning. Lacie Cook picked up the second on her three hits, Sydney Kramer singled and Hayley Strawn singled home two runs before Beal’s long-ball blast made it 4-0, Storm.
That was it for scoring as Southeastern had four runs on 10 hits.
Cook was three for four, Beal two for three with her first roundtripper of the season and Kramer two for four to pace the Storm. Jessica Simmons, Strawn and Connor Harmon had one hit each for the winners.
Senior Abbi Frakes went the distance for the Lady Tigers and took the loss to make her record 4-4. She allowed four earned runs on 10 hits, struck out five and walked two.
The Storm managed only three hits against junior Shelby McWhorter, who went all nine innings to get the win.
McWhorter walked six, struck out none and hit one batter in picking up her first decision.
Southeastern stranded eight runners, including Simmons at third base in the first inning.
Shayna Milam started and went the first three innings, allowing no runs on two hits, walking two and striking out two before Bennett came on relief.
Bennett pitched four innings of shutout ball, giving up no runs on five hits, whiffing four and walking two intentionally. McElroy came back for the final 1.1 innings, allowing the only run of the game on two hits, one walk and two strikeouts to run her record to 3-2.
Simmons and Beal were one for two each for the Storm and Arianna (A.J.) Jones was one for three.