RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Coach Ron Faubion’s softballers racked up a road rarity with a 4-0 weekend sweep at Arkansas Tech. Southeastern posted 8-0 and 4-1 wins Saturday to go with the 5-4, 2-0 victories in Friday’s action.
The LadyStorm improved to 14-7 overall and 9-3 in Great American Conference play.
Faubion said, “I’m really proud of the kids. This was a great sweep on the road and that’s hard to do. This helped our conference standing and gave the players a lot of confidence. We just really played well.
“We have Southern Nazarene at our place this weekend and we will host Minnesota-Duluth the following Monday in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
“I’m not sure about Courtney Riddle in these next six games. She just needs more time to get her ankle well. After the Minnesota game, we will have an 8-day (Spring) break before East Central comes to town and it sure would be nice to have everybody healthy.”
Mindy McElroy pitched two complete games against the Lady Suns and ran her record to 7-3. Jessica Simmons, Sydney Kramer, Laramie Beal and Haley Strawn all hit the ball well.”
The Storm jumped out early with three runs in the top of the first. Beal’s double plated a pair and Strawn’s infield out made it 3-0.
Strawn belted a 3-run homer in the third inning to make it 6-0, Southeastern.
The Golden Suns scored a pair in the bottom of the third, but SE notched two more in the top of the fourth when Lacie Cook drilled her first home run of the season with Simmons on base.
Jacee Bennett pitched the first four innings and gave it up to Shayna Milam with a six-run cushion at 8-2. Bennett allowed two runs on five hits, walked one, struck out two and improved to 4-2.
Milam worked the last three innings, giving up one run on one hit, walking two and whiffing two.
Cook and Kramer paced the Storm with two for four each. Cook homered, scored two and drove in two. Kramer scored a run.
Beal was one for two with a double and two RBIs. A.J. was two for four and scored one run. Simmons and Strawn were one for three each. Simmons scored twice. Strawn had a home run and four runs batted in. Connor Harmon was also one for three.
McElroy pitched her second complete game in two days and drove in the eventual winning run in the fourth when she doubled to center field to plate Strawn, who had singled to right.
The Storm scored took a 1-0 lead when Strawn scored from third on Darrian Williams’ grounder to the pitcher.
Small ball plated a pair of Storm runs in the fifth when Simmons walked, stole second and rode home on Cook’s single. Cook swiped second and scored on Kramer’s infield hit.
Ark-Tech averted the shutout with a run in the bottom of the fifth.
McElroy pushed her record to 7-3, giving up one run on three hits, walking none and striking out three.
Strawn led the Storm with two for two and two runs scored. Kramer was two for four with one RBI. Simmons and McElroy were one for two each. Simmons scored a run and McElroy doubled in a run. Cook was one for three with a run scored and one RBI.