Southeastern Sweep Wraps Up GAC Championship

No. 4 Southeastern piled up 25 hits over two games and used a Friday sweep of Northwestern Oklahoma State to secure its first regular season Great American Conference championship, posting a 10-0 win in game one and finishing the day with a 9-3 win in the nightcap in Alva, Okla.

The wins lift the Savage Storm to 38-7 overall on the season and 23-3 in GAC play and thanks to a winning percentage that cannot drop below .821, the squad has locked up the top seed in the GAC postseason tournament being held April 25-27 in Bentonville, Ark.

The regular season championship by the softball team also puts Southeastern on the board as an entire athletic program picks up its first conference title as the league's second season draws to an end.

Despite a pair of lopsided scores, neither contest went the prescribed seven innings.

The opener ended earlier than advertised due to run-rule after SE posted four runs in the top of the sixth inning to stretch its lead to 10-0.

The nightcap, however, had a bit more drama even though the score may not have indicated it.

The Storm found itself on the wrong end of a 3-0 score heading into the top of the seventh inning.

Laramie Beal opened the frame with a single and moved first-to-third on a Mindy McElroy double one batter later.

A Paige Priest double would follow, scoring Beal and making the score 3-1.

Lauren Renneker continued the hitting trend and singled home McElroy and leaving runners on the corners, still with no outs.

Jessica Simmons would continue the rally with the team's fifth-straight hit to open the seventh inning, this one plating Priest and knotting the game at 3-3.

SE would not score again in the inning, but a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh inning would send the game to extra innings.

With one out in the top of the eighth, Beal started the rally again, this time drawing a walk before moving to second on a McElroy single.

Priest would then reach on an error to load the bases.

Rachel Jones brought in the go-ahead run with a single to the pitcher that plated Beal.

SE was not done, however, as Simmons followed by driving in McElroy for a 5-3 lead.

The lead continued to grow, stretching to 6-3 one batter later when Lacie Cook drove in Priest, moving to 8-3 on a two-run single by Darrian Williams and eventually settling on 9-3 on a Courtney Moore sac fly that scored Cook.

Beal, McElroy, Priest and Renneker each posted two-hit outings, while Simmons and Williams each put up a pair of RBI, while five others posted one RBI each.

Jacee Bennett got the start and tossed six innings, allowing three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts before handing the ball to McElroy in the seventh inning.

She would close out the game and pick up her 17th win by not allowing a run or a hit over two innings.

SE got on the board early in the first game with a Courtney Riddle RBI single that scored Cook in the top of the first.

McElroy then turned in a solo homer in the second which was followed by a two-run single by cook to mount a 4-0 lead.

McElroy would pick up two more runs driven in in the third inning with a single that score Moore and Riddle.

A Moore double would unload the bases in the sixth inning to stretch the socre to 9-0 and Dakota Palmer would close out scoring in the contest by coming home on a wild pitch to fashion the 10-0 score.

Riddle and McElroy each turned in three-hit outings, while Cook and Moore each added a pair of hits.

Moore and McElroy each drove in three runs, while Cook added a pair of RBI.

McElroy also had a complete game outing in the circle, scattering six hits over six inning with five strikeouts while maintaining the shutout.


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