Softball loses final two against UTA

The Lady Lions softball team lost the final two of three at home to the UT Arlington Maverick’s, 0-3, in Southland Conference play, culminating Sunday, March 13. Southeastern now moves to 1-5 in Southland Conference play and 11-14 overall.

Saturday’s double-header started with a win for Southeastern. In the bottom of the fourth, junior outfielder Katie Matthews cleared a solo home run over the left field fence with two outs to put Southeastern up 2-1.

The Lady Lions gained momentum in the bottom of the fifth with freshman Megan Moore’s double off the top of the left field fence to score one and catcher Meghan Gomez’s double down the right side line to score two more. Motivated by her teammates efforts, sophomore pitcher Kenna Terry allowed one hit before striking out the next 11 batters to close the game.

“Seeing my teammates make amazing catches, great hits, and putting forth such an effort makes me want to step up and do the same for them,” said Terry.

Terry’s efforts helped clinch a 5-1 victory for Southeastern, her first conference win as a Lion. The Maverick’s opened up the night game with two runs in the top of the first, batted in by junior, Erica LeFlore. The top of the second inning started with a third run before a three-run home run by LeFlore, putting the Mavs up 7-0. Solidifying an 8-0 lead in the top of the fifth, the mercy rule was enforced at the bottom of the inning, leaving Southeastern scoreless.

In Sunday’s rubber game, Southeastern managed to get their lead off hitter on base in four of seven innings, but left a total of five runners stranded. In the top of the third with two outs and loaded bases, Terry relieved freshman pitcher, Jessie Browne. Facing a new pitcher, UTA tried to increase their 1-0 lead, to no avail. Sophomore outfielder Michelle Duhe made a sliding catch on a pop fly near the warning tack in left field to retire the side and halt the charge. Duhe was the only Lady Lion to get a hit off UTA pitcher Callie Collins who threw a one-hit shutout.

In a series on March 19 the Lady Lions swept non-conference opponent Louisiana Tech in a double header beating the  Lady Bulldogs 3-2, twice in one day. These pair of wins sent the Lady Lions 11-14 overall. The Lady Lion will return to action on the road in non-conference play again on Wed. March 23. as head to  LeFlore County to  face the Delta Devils Mississippi Valley State in search of a third consecutive victory.