Hardin-Simmons’ young softball team continued its run of stellar play with an American Southwest Conference doubleheader sweep of Ozarks on Friday afternoon at Ellis Field. HSU won the first game 14-6 in five innings and won the second game 8-0 in six innings, both via the run rule.
HSU scored a pair of runs in the first inning to take an early lead. Carley Willis had an RBI single and another run scored on a fielding error.
The Eagles responded with three runs in the second on a Molly Bowman three-run triple in the escond, but HSU came back to score six times in the second inning.
Freshman Lauren Williams hit her first career home run to lead off the game, a towering shot to center field.
Mac Clay had an RBI single, Sydnie Darden had an RBI ground out, Willis had an RBI double and Braleigh Middleton had a two-run single to right in the inning. HSU scored six runs on five hits in the frame.
The Cowgirls added five runs in the third when Clay had an RBI on a ground ball to the right die, Carley Willis reached on an error that scored another run, Kara LeLeux had a two-run double and Middleton an RBI groundout.
Ozarks scored three times in the fourth, including a two-run home run by Krysten Shavers.
Nathalie De La Torre reached on a RBI fielder’s choice to bring in the final Cowgirl run.
Lara Ammermann started and allowed three runs, and was relieved by Keeley Lowrance who went an inning and two-thirds for the win. Carol Swindell worked the final two innings. Haley McKee allowed all 14 runs, seven of which were earned on 13 hits to take the loss and fall to 2-6.
Darden had three hits for HSU and Clay, Willis and LeLeux added two hits. Willis and Middleton drove in three runs each. Bowman had two hits and drove in three runs for Ozarks.
HSU scored three times in the first inning in game two. Willis had an RBI single, Middleton a sacrifice fly and Sarah Truelove had an RBI double in the frame. HSU picked up a run on an error and LeLeux had a sacrifice fly in the second inning.
Willis made it 6-0 in the fourth with an RBI groundout. Jayme Ashley had a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and Willis added a sacrifice fly in the sixth to end the game.
Darden had three hits and Willis drove in three runs for the Cowgirls. Lowrance started and worked three innings, allowing just one hit and striking out four. Freshman
Kelsey Reichmanis worked two shutout innings to earn the win in her first collegiate outing. Ammermann worked a scoreless sixth.
Tabitha McClane (0-5) took the loss in the circle, allowing eight runs on 11 hits. Bailey Hames had two of the three Ozarks hits.
HSU is back over .500 at 9-8 and is now 7-7 in league play, after starting the year 0-6. HSU has won seven of the last eight games. Ozarks fell to 2-15 overall and 1-13 in league play.
The teams will play a single game at noon on Saturday.
Information for this story provided by HSU Athletics.