SE Softball Splits with Fourth-Ranked SAU

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern softball closed out a Friday split with an 8-5 victory over No. 4 Southern Arkansas after dropping the opener 8-2 at the Southeastern Softball Field.

The split moves the Savage Storm to 32-20 overall on the year and 26-13 in Great American Conference play with the final two games of the series and the regular season slated for a noon start on Saturday afternoon.

In the nightcap, Symphoni Shomo turned in a 3-for-4 effort at the plate and added a pair of RBI and a pair of stolen bases, while Keeshia Thompson, Sydnee Hinkle, and Mykaela Wallace each added two hits, with the Storm racking up 13 for the game as a team.

Hinkle and Wallace drove in a pair of runs apiece, while Elexis Watson, Karsyn Brigance, Thompson, and Kennedy Salyers plated a run each.

Emily Cudd got the start in the circle and tossed 4.2 innings, allowing five runs on five hits with a strikeout to take a no decision.

Kelsey Meeks came on in relief and tossed the final 2.1 innings to earn the win after allowing just one hit over the final seven outs.

SAU would open up a 2-0 lead in the game, but SE quickly cut that in half in the bottom of the first when Shomo singled and stole second before scoring on a Brigance double.

Two batters later a Hinkle RBI single would tie the game before a Wallace two-run homer would open up a 4-2 lead.

The Muleriders added a run in the top of the second, but SE had an answer with a Watson RBI single in the bottom half to maintain a 5-3 lead.

SAU added a run in the third and another in the fourth to knot the game at 5-5, but a Hinkle RBI double would break the tie in the fifth, with a Salyers RBI single pushing the lead to 7-5.

A Thompson double would drive in Shomo for an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth and the Storm would hold on for the 8-5 win.

SAU quickly jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the opener with three runs in the first and the second innings and another in the third.

A Salyers double in the fifth inning put the Storm on the board, and a Hinkle single in the sixth would stretch it to 7-2, but the Muleriders would tack on a run in the top of the seventh to make the final 8-2.

SE recorded seven hits, with seven players posting one each, with Salyers and Hinkle turning in the only RBI.

Kelsey Meeks tossed a complete game and allowed eight runs on 11 hits in 7.0 innings with four strikeouts.