Sunday Sweep: UAM Finishes Off SNU For 4-0 GAC Start

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

tv_sports 10dbMONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello softball team rallied back from a 6-1 deficit to defeat Southern Nazarene 9-7 in game one. The Cotton Blossoms pounded out nine hits and drew nine walks in a 15-2 win in the second game to complete the four-game sweep over the Crimson Storm on the opening weekend of Great American Conference play.

   UAM (14-6, 4-0 GAC) opened the series on Saturday with 2-1 and 2-0 victories over SNU (6-8, 0-4 GAC).

   Down 6-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning of Sunday’s first game, the Cotton Blossoms rallied for eight unanswered runs over the next three innings, highlighted by a grand-slam homerun from senior Randa Perry in the bottom of the sixth to give UAM a 9-6 lead.

   SNU finalized the scoring in the top of the seventh inning with a bases-loaded walk from Kacey Acker to score Jill Clemence, who reached on an error earlier in the inning.

   After SNU opened the scoring with one run in top of the first, UAM answered on a solo homerun from junior Beth Johnson.

   In addition to her 2-for-4, four-RBI performance at the plate, Perry (6-4) also recorded a complete-game victory in the circle, allowing seven runs (six earned) off 13 hits with four strikeouts and four walks. Maci-Brooke Lambert (4-4) took the loss for SNU, allowing seven runs (six earned) off eight hits in the first five innings.

   Perry continued her productive day in Sunday’s second game, starting the scoring with a two-run homerun down the right field line in the bottom of the first inning.

   UAM added four runs in the second, two coming on bases loaded walks. Perry also had an RBI groundout in the second. The Blossoms added another four runs in the third with a pair of RBI singles from senior Maggie Sands and Beth Johnson. UAM also scored runs on a wild pitch and a double-steal in the rally.

   Down 10-0 after three innings, SNU got on the board in the top of the fourth on back-to-back RBI doubles from Lindy Fluman and Kaytie Spencer.

 &Nbsp; UAM finalized the scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning with a five-run rally, highlighted by the team’s second grand slam homerun of the day, this time coming off the bat of freshman Kali Piha.

&Nbsp;  Sophomore starter Katie Slaughter (6-1) tossed a gem, setting down SNU in order in four of her five innings of work, allowing just two runs off four hits. Slaughter struck out the side in the top of the fifth to give UAM its third run-rule victory of the season.

   SNU’s Becca Webb (0-2) took the loss after allowing six runs off four hits with two walks in one inning of work.

   The Cotton Blossoms are back in action next weekend on the road against Northwestern Oklahoma State for a four-game GAC series.

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