ARKADELPHIA, Ark. - The University of Arkansas at Monticello softball team combined to hit six homeruns in a pair of Great American Conference road losses to Henderson State on Friday, dropping the first game 9-3 and the second game 10-9.
Freshman Korie Parker led the UAM offensive charge with three homeruns combined in both games. She opened the scoring in game one with a two-out homerun to left center in the top of the second inning and had homeruns in consecutive at bats in the second game - a two-run shot to left in the second and another solo shot to the left side in the third.
UAM (10-7, 3-3 GAC) got down early in game one after the Lady Reddies (7-10, 3-3 GAC) plated five runs in the bottom half of the second inning to answer Parker's solo shot. HSU added another run in the third to take a 6-1 lead.
The Blossoms answered in the top half of the fifth inning with two runs, highlighted by an RBI single by junior Lacy Blanchard to score senior Beth Johnson, who led off the inning with a single. Those two runs cut the HSU lead in half at 6-3. However, the Lady Reddies answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth on one swing, a bases-clearing double by Alicia Zack.
Senior Courtney Wilson took the loss after giving up six runs off seven hits in the first four innings. Kayla Williams earned the win for HSU after giving up three runs off seven hits in the first 4.2 innings. HSU Ashlyn White was credited with a save, her second of the year.
The Blossoms pounded out 14 hits in the second game, including five homeruns. Parker again started the rally with a two-run shot to left in the second, followed later in the inning by a two-run blast from sophomore Kali Piha. After HSU reached the scoreboard with one run in the second, UAM used solo homeruns from Blanchard and Parker in the third and a solo shot from Johnson in the fourth to take a 7-1 lead.
HSU joined the homerun derby in the fifth with a pair of two run blasts to highlight a six run inning and tie the game at seven runs each.
UAM took advantage of three walks, a hit batter, an error and a wild pitch to plate two runs in the top half of the sixth to regain the lead at 9-7. However, the Lady Reddies rallied with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to score the final three runs. UAM left the tying run on third base in the top of the seventh, which allowed HSU to seal the double-header sweep.
Wilson (5-4) again was the pitcher of record for UAM, taking the loss after giving up four runs off four hits in one inning of relief. HSU's Williams (3-3) earned her second victory of the day after holding the Blossoms scoreless in the final 1.2 innings.
The two squads finalize the four-game series on Saturday with a double header starting at 1 p.m. at Dee White Field on the HSU campus.