Pitchers Lead Blossoms To Two Victories In 7-State Classic

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

tv_sports 10dbBENTONVILLE — Junior Courtney Wilson and senior Randa Perry combined to allow only eight hits in the University of Arkansas at Monticello softball team’s victories over Oklahoma Panhandle State (2-0) and Nebraska-Kearney (2-1) on Thursday on the opening day of the 7-State Classic.

   Wilson (2-0) opened the day by throwing five no-hit innings in UAM’s 2-0 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State (2-7). The only Panhandle player to reach base came in the form of Julie Cross, who reached on an error in the fourth, but was retired on a double-play two batters later to end the inning. Wilson allowed OPSU’s first hit in the sixth inning with two outs, but retired the next batter to end that threat.

   OPSU rallied in the top of the seventh with two outs, taking advantage of another UAM error and following with an infield hit from Junna’e Dai’Re, but a fielder’s choice groundout from Lilli Ward ended the threat and sealed the UAM win.

   Wilson ended the game allowing only two hits with five strikeouts and no walks, facing only three batters over the minimum in the process to record her second shutout of the year in only two appearances.

   UAM scored both of its runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on a leadoff homerun from junior Brittany Eitel, followed later in the inning with an RBI double from senior Maggie Sands to score senior Beth Johnson, who was hit by a pitch following Eitel’s homerun.

   Senior hurler Randa Perry took the circle next, and allowed just one unearned run off five hits with four strikeouts and no walks to aid UAM in a 2-1 win over Nebraska-Kearney (8-2). Perry moved to 4-1 with the win and captured her fifth complete-game in five outings.

   After only getting two runners on base in the first four innings, UAM plated both of its runs in the bottom of the fifth on a two-RBI single from Sands to score Johnson and freshman Taylor Norris, both reaching on singles earlier in the inning.

   The Lopers made it a one-run game in the top of the sixth, when a two-out bases-loaded error allowed UNK’s Mackenzie Tomlin to score from third. Tomlin singled earlier in the inning.

   The 8-2 Cotton Blossoms are back in action in the 7-State Classic on Saturday against Missouri Southern State and Fort Hays State.


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