Southeastern Softball Splits Twinbill at NWOSU

The Great American Conference's top two teams played a pair of games that could not have been more different on Friday afternoon, with Southeastern opening the day with a 3-2 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State, but falling in the nightcap 12-11 in 11 innings.

The split moves the Savage Storm to 29-11 overall and 22-7 in league play with the final two games in the series slated for a noon double-header on Saturday.

SE picked up five hits in game one from five different hitters, with Sydney Kramer, and Arianna Jones each adding an RBI.

Mindy McElroy picked up the complete-game victory after allowing two run on six hits.

Southeastern took advantage of an error in the first inning on a ball put in play by Lacie Cook that allowed Jessica Simmons to score from second for a 1-0 lead.

NWOSU answered with a pair of run in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 lead.

Kramer would tie the game in the third inning with a double that scored Shaina Crites.

Jones would be the hero with a single in the sixth inning that plated Kelsey Overacker to put SE up 3-2 which would prove to be the final.

Game two was a completely different story as the teams combined for 23 runs and 29 hits.

Simmons scored the first run of the game on a squeeze play by Kramer who reached thanks to a Ranger error.

Simmons would then drive in a run of her own in the second with a single that scored Megan Birchfield to put the Storm up 2-0.

NWOSU answered with a run in the second, but a Laramie Beal single in the third would score Overacker for a 3-1 lead.

The Rangers answered again though with three runs on a pair of homers in the fourth inning to go up 5-3.

Haley Strawn would homer with a runner on in the top of the fifth to even the score at 5-5 in the top of the fifth inning, but NWOSU would add three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to take an 8-5 lead.

SE bounced back with an RBI double from Kramer and a two-run double by Beal to knot the game in the top of the sixth, followed by a go-ahead squeeze bunt by Rachel Jones that plated Crites to go up 9-8.

NWOSU, however, would get a homer in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 9-9 which is where it would stand after seven innings as well.

In fact, the score remained knotted at 9-9 until the 10th inning when the international tie breaker rules kicked in.

SE would take a 10-9 lead on a Strawn single that scored Kramer, but NWOSU answered with a run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

The Storm again picked up a run in the top of the 11th inning when Lauren Renneker scored on a Simmons fielder's choice.

The Rangers would answer with a walk off single that plated two runs in the bottom half of the 11th to hand SE a 12-11 loss.

Simmons turned in a 4-for-6 effort at the plate, while Kramer and Strawn each collected three hits, and Beal added two.

Strawn and Beal each drove in three runs, while Simmons and Kramer added a pair of RBI each.

In the circle, Shayna Milam got the start and tossed 3.1 innings allowing five runs on seven hits with two strikeouts.

Jacee Bennett then tossed 1.2 innings in relief, allowing three runs on three hits.

McElroy then came on to finish the contest and tossed the final 5.0 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and was saddled with the loss.


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