UAM Softball Wraps Up Regular Season with Split

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

tv_sports 10dbWEATHERFORD, Okla. – The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s softball team concluded the 2013 season and wrapped up the No. 4 seed in next weekend’s Great American Conference Championship Tournament with a double-header split against Southwestern Oklahoma State on the road Sunday. UAM won the first game 5-1 before losing the second game 8-1.

   In the first game, UAM (28-23, 14-12 GAC) opened the scoring with one run in the top of the first on an RBI double from junior Brittany Eitel. SWOSU (16-34, 10-24 GAC) answered in the bottom of the first with its only run of the game in the form of Audra Chambless, who scored on a wild pitch after reaching on a bunt single earlier in the inning.

   UAM regained the lead in the top of the second on an RBI fielder’s choice from junior Hannah Pendley to score senior Randa Perry, who singled to lead off the inning.

   The Blossoms took a 3-1 lead in the fourth on an RBI single from senior Maggie Sands before finalizing the scoring in the sixth on a two-run single from freshman Kali Piha.

   Perry (12-11) earned the complete-game victory after allowing just one run off three hits with eight strikeouts and just one walk in seven innings of work. Megan Ayala (0-10) took the loss for SWOSU after allowing four runs (three earned) off 11 hits with four strikeouts and three walks in a complete-game effort.

   In the second game, all nine runs between the two squads were scored in the fifth inning. UAM broke a scoreless tie on an RBI single from Pendley to score senior Preslie Long, who singled to lead off the inning.

   SWOSU rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth off eight hits, including a three-run homerun from Kendal Smith and a two-run double from Chambless.

   Sophomore Katie Slaughter (13-10) took the loss after allowing eight runs off nine hits with four strikeouts in the first five innings. Julianne Martinez (14-14) earned the complete-game victory for SWOSU after allowing one unearned run off eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

   The Cotton Blossoms will face No. 5 seed Southern Arkansas in the opening round of the GAC Championship Tournament in Bentonville on Thursday, April 25 at 4 p.m. A full tournament bracket will be available at uamsports.com and greatamericancoference.com as soon as it becomes available.

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