Blossoms Blast Four Homeruns In Double-Header Split

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MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s softball team used four homeruns in the first game of a double-header split withtv Sports reflection 10db Arkansas Tech at home Saturday to win the four-game series three games to one. UAM won the first game 9-1 in five innings and dropped the second game 6-1.

   All nine of UAM’s runs in the first game came on homeruns. Senior Beth Johnson started the derby with a three-run shot in the bottom of the first inning after freshman McKenzie Rice and sophomore Kali Piha led off the frame with back-to-back singles. Junior Lacy Blanchard capped UAM’s four-run first with a solo shot over the scoreboard in right field.

   UAM (16-11, 9-7 GAC) plated its final five runs off two round-trippers in the third. Junior Sydney Tipton started the rally with a three-run blast down the left field line, followed two batters later by a two-run shot to left by freshman Korie Parker.

   The Golden Suns (8-12, 3-9 GAC) started the game’s scoring on an RBI single from Ashley Savage in the top of the first.

   Senior Courtney Wilson (9-4) earned the complete-game win, allowing just one run off four hits in five innings of work. Victoria Huie (3-5) took the loss for Tech after giving up four runs in less than an inning of work.

   In the second game, ATU responded with three homeruns of its own to salvage one win in the series. Ashley Keen did most of the damage for the Suns, going 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homeruns. Shanna Davidson also homered in the game for ATU.

   Tipton put the Blossoms on the board with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth. UAM was outdone in the hit category 9-6 in the final game of the series.

   Junior Katie Slaughter (8-6) took the loss for UAM after giving up six runs off eight hits in the first five innings. Sydnee Clark (3-5) went the distance for ATU, giving up only one run off six hits in seven innings.

   The Blossoms wrap up their current 10-game home stand this Wednesday against Delta State. The double header is slated to start at 1 p.m. at Blossoms Field.

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