ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – LadyStorm freshman Marisa Fleck found her power stroke and helped Southeastern salvage the final game Saturday afternoon against Henderson State.
Fleck’s two-run homer drove in Kennedy Salyers with two out in the top of the 11th inning to give the Storm a 4-2 win and a 1-3 trip to Reddie country.
Coach Ron Faubion’s young ladies absorbed a 10-1 run-rule loss in the opener as Henderson State exploded for three runs in the fourth and five in the sixth.
Instead of checking out for the day, the Storm roared back to win a hard-nosed 11-inning marathon and prove they weren’t going away.
Along with the power surge from Fleck, Southeastern got an outstanding effort from sophomore pitcher Emily Cudd as she went 10.1 innings in the second game, allowing only two runs on six hits.
Sophomore Mykaela Wallace was two for three with a double and two RBIs in the nightcap. Freshman Kennedy Salyers was two for three with a double and given one for three on the official stats after handcuffing the first baseman with a shot that was ruled an error. Wallace was also charged with an at-bat on a sacrifice.
Coach Faubion said, “It was good for our kids to win one, especially after losing the first game the way we did. We faced their ace pitcher (Michelle Sorensen) and trailed only 2-1 after three innings. We scored a run on her in the first inning after being no-hit the day before.
“Our kids are playing hard and they didn’t get their heads down. I was really proud of the way we battled in the second game.
“We have a big series with Ouachita Baptist at our place this weekend and we really need to build on this win. I expect our kids to play hard and hopefully some of the things going against us will start going our way.”
Henderson State 10, LadyStorm 1
The Storm scored a run in the first against the pitcher who had no-hit them the day before.
Symphoni Shomo beat out an infield hit, stole second and third and scored on the catcher’s throwing error.
Southeastern had runners in every inning except the third, but couldn’t come up with the clutch hits.
Henderson State tied the game with a run in the bottom of the first, scored the go-ahead and eventual winning run in the third, added three in the fourth and closed it out early with five in the sixth.
Destiny Riddle and Shomo were one for three each for the LadyStorm and Fleck was one for two.
Junior pitcher Ashley Moore worked five innings and took the loss to make her record 1-2. Riddle pitched 0.2 innings and allowed one hit.
Olivia Trapp, Alexis Morton and Ashleigh Erb were two for three each to lead the Lady Reddies.
LadyStorm 4, Henderson State 2
Cudd shut out Henderson State through the first four innings and Southeastern took the lead with a run in the top of the fifth.
Fleck started the rally when she opened the inning with the first of her two doubles on the day. Keeshia Thompson sacrificed her to third and Wallace’s sac resulted in a throwing error by the third baseman that allowed the run to score.
The Lady Reddies picked up a pair in the bottom of the inning on a one-out walk, single, hit batsman and a walk that plated the first run. Another hit batsman forced in the go-ahead run to make it 2-1.
Cudd did her door-slamming act again and Southeastern finally ended the game with a dramatic two-run burst in the top of the 11th inning.
Kennedy Salyers almost undressed the first baseman with a one-out laser that was ruled an error to start the winning rally.
Fleck stepped in with two outs and one on base. She had been held to a pair of doubles in three at-bats and took no chances as she hammered a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left-center to make it 4-2, Storm.
HSU managed a two-out infield single in the bottom of the 11th and the Storm hung on for the split.
Fleck sparked the Storm with three for five, two doubles, her second homer of the year and two runs batted in, including the game-winner.
Wallace was two for three and Salyers two for five. Jordyn James was one for one with a pinch-hit single in the 10th.
Cudd pitched 10.1 innings, gave up two runs on six hits, walked two, struck out four and improved to 10-5.
Riddle worked 0.2 innings, allowed one walk and struck out a pair.