Softball Set for Final Home Weekend

No. 5 Southeastern welcomes Ouachita Baptist to town in the final home conference series of the season April 19-20 at the Southeastern Softball Field.

The four game series will open with a 2 p.m. double-header on Friday afternoon, with a noon twinbill slated for Saturday which will also serve as senior day for Savage Storm seniors Dakota Palmer, Courtney Moore, Kaija Morris and Paige Priest.

SE enters the weekend with a 32-7 record overall and a 17-3 record in Great American Conference play. That mark is good enough for the lead in the standings with a two game lead in the loss column over rival East Central.

OBU enters the weekend with a 15-26 mark overall on the season and a 9-15 record in league play and is currently in eighth place in the league standings.

The Savage Storm have won five-straight games and 11 of their last 13 overall, with an 11 game home winning streak along with a 16-2 total mark in Durant.

SE has moved into the top three as a team in hitting, pitching and fielding, with the team leading the pitching and fielding categories.

The 2.47 staff ERA by the Storm leads the conference, as does the .966 team fielding percentage.

The pitching mark comes with the duo of Jacee Bennett and Mindy McElroy who have started 38 of SE's 39 games this season.

Bennett is the reigning GAC Pitcher of the Week, an honor she picked up for the fourth time this season, and on the year she leads the league in wins with 18, strikeouts with 143, appearances with 33 and saves with six. She is also fourth in ERA at 2.34.

McElroy is second in the league with a 1.80 ERA, while posting a 13-2 record and four saves over 29 appearances with 71 strikeouts.

Offensively, Courtney Moore is pacing the club with a .374 batting average and is tied for the team high with 40 hits, nine of which have been doubles and four of which were home runs. She has also posted a team-best 29 RBI.

Jessica Simmons and Lacie Cook are right behind with .300 or better averages, as Simmons is hitting .339 but has scored 34 runs and leads the conference with 27 stolen bases, while Cook is at .315 with 15 RBI and a team best 16 sac hits.

The Tigers have dropped three of its last five which included a series split at Northwestern Oklahoma State and have posted a 3-11 mark on the road this year.

Megan Askew and Kailey Madden lead the offense, with Askew hitting .363 on the year and Madden at .320. Askew's nine homers and 24 RBI is also best on the team.

Abbi Frakes leads the team in appearances and starts and has posted a 3.72 ERA with a 9-16 record in 24 starts and 32 appearances.

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