HSU softball takes two from OBU
Kayla Williams’ bunt single in the bottom of the ninth inning propelled Henderson State to a double-header sweep of Ouachita Baptist in the Southern Bancorp Battle of the Ravine, Tuesday at Dee White Field in Arkadelphia.
Henderson State, 19-14 overall and 15-7 in the Great American Conference, won the opener 8-1, and rallied to win game two 5-4 to run its home winning streak to 11 games.
Trailing 4-1 after a 3-run home run by OBU’s Kayley Willingham, Henderson State rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth-inning.
Amber Klug led off the inning with her third hit of the game followed by a two-run home run by Sarah Gipson.
Kailey Johnson then provided a pinch-hit single to right field. Hannah Bender, who pinch-ran for Johnson, scored when Amy Halter hit a double to right-center field to tie the score at 4-4.
OBU threatened to regain the lead in the top of the seventh having runners on first and second with one-out. However, HSU catcher Amber Klug picked off Olivia Guin at second base to help the Lady Reddies get out of the inning.
In the ninth inning, OBU’s Willingham reached on an error to lead off the inning and later advanced to third-base on a sacrifice bunt by Parrish Reed. With one-out and Willingham on third, HSU pitcher Ashlyn White struck out the next Lady Tiger hitters to end the inning.
In the Henderson ninth, Halter led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Alicia Zack. After Tricia Hock flew out to right-field, Halter stole third to set the stage for Williams.
The senior from Longview, Texas put down a bunt to the left side of the infield and beat the play at first allowing Halter to score the game-winning run.
White entered the game in relief of Williams and pitched the final 4 1/3 innings, striking out two batters to improve to 5-3 on the year.
In the opener, Henderson State used a four-run fourth inning and a three-run sixth inning to beat the Lady Tigers 8-1.
Williams had a single, triple and two runs batted in, with White having two hits including a solo home run. Halter also had two hits in the game and a RBI.
Cagen Medlock went the distance in the circle, allowing five hits while striking out five batters to improve to 7-3 on the year.
Halter and Klug ended the day with four hits each, while Williams had three hits including three RBI.