Southeastern opened its Friday with a 3-1 victory over Henderson State which locked up the top seed for the upcoming Great American Conference tournament, but was unable to maintain that momentum, falling 8-0 in the second contest.
The split moves the Savage Storm to 33-15 overall and 26-11 in GAC play, and coupled with a sweep by Northwestern Oklahoma State in the first two games of its series against Arkansas-Monticello, SE now holds a narrow one game lead in the win column in the race for the GAC regular season title. NWOSU is ineligible for the postseason tournament this season.
The final two games of the regular season are slated to begin at noon on Saturday, with senior day honors being presented to the team's five seniors at 11:45 a.m.
Mindy McElroy tossed 6.2 innings to earn her 19th win of the season after allowing a run on five hits.
Jacee Bennett picked up her seventh save by striking out the final batter of the game.
Haley Strawn picked up a pair of hits, while Jessica Simmons, Laramie Beal, Courtney Riddle and McElroy each added a hit.
Strawn and McElroy each drove in a run, as did Sydney Kramer.
Kramer plated the game's first run when a pinch-running Shaina Crites scored on a fielder's choice in the third inning.
Two Batters later Strawn doubled to left and Lacie Cook scored to take a 2-0 lead.
HSU cut into the advantage with a sac fly in the fourth inning, but a McElroy single would score Beal in the sixth to add an insurance run to the 3-1 win.
Game two was a different story entirely as the Reddies scored their eight runs on five home runs.
Shayna Milam got the start and was saddled with the loss after tossing 2.2 innings and allowing five runs on five hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Bennett tossed 1.1 innings in relief and allowed two runs on three hits with two K's, while Hosanna McCoy tossed the final 1.0 innings and allowed a run on two hits.
Offensively, SE was held to its lowest hit total of the year, with Cook and Kramer each collecting one hit.
HSU took a 2-0 lead in the first, but a three-run homer along with a solo shot in the top of the third really opened things up and put the Storm in a 6-0 hole.
The Reddies added a solo shot in the fourth and another in the fifth to take the game 8-0 in five innings.