Blossoms Split First Day Of East Central Series

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Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

ADA, Okla. – The University of Arkansas-Monticello’a softball team lost to East Central 1-0 in Friday’s first game before recording a 6-2 victory in the second half of the road double-header to improve to 5-1 in Great American Conference games.

   The only scoring in the first game came on a solo homerun from ECU’s Jordynn VanPelt in the bottom of the second inning. UAM was retired in order in four of the seven innings, and only reached scoring position on two occasions.

   Senior Randa Perry (7-6) took the loss in complete-game style, allowing just one run off eight hits with seven strikeouts and just one walk in her seven innings in the circle. ECU’s Lacey Paulk (6-1) earned the complete-game shutout, allowing just two hits with 13 strikeouts and two walks.

   The Cotton Blossoms (17-9, 5-1 GAC) broke their scoreless streak in the top of the first inning, getting an RBI double from Perry to score junior Hannah Pendley, who singled to lead off the game.

   UAM went up 2-0 in the second inning on a solo homerun from junior Summer Huddleston. In the fourth, UAM doubled its lead with two runs off three consecutive hits from junior Brittany Eitel, Huddleston and freshman Kali Piha. The last leg of that streak was an RBI double from Piha.

   The Blossoms finalized their scoring with another two run rally, this time in the fifth to put the squad up 6-0. UAM put together another streak of three consecutive hits in the rally from Pendley, senior Maggie Sands and junior Sara Matthews.

   ECU (16-6, 4-2 GAC) got on the board in the fifth on an RBI single from Shelby Simmons, who was also responsible for ECU’s final run with an RBI triple in the seventh.

   Sophomore Katie Slaughter (8-2) earned the complete-game victory after allowing two runs off nine hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. ECU’s Ali Manship (8-2) took the loss after allowing all six runs off 11 hits with two strikeouts and no walks in seven innings of work.


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