Storm Wraps Four-Game Sweep of HSU

Southeastern pushed its winning streak to 13 games and kept its Great American Conference record spotless by picking up wins of 5-2 and 3-2 over Henderson State on Saturday afternoon at the Southeastern Softball Field.

The wins lift the Savage Storm to 16-6 overall on the year and 12-0 in league play, keeping them in a tie for first with Arkansas tech who swept Southern Nazarene on the weekend.

SE will be on the road next weekend when it travels to Arkadelphia, Ark., to face Ouachita Baptist in a four-game series March 12-13.

Six players each collected a hit for SE in game one, with Mykaela Wallace and Conner Harmon each driving in a pair of runs and Sydney Kramer adding an RBI of her own.

In the circle Jessica Seay turned in another complete game performance, allowing two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts to pick up her seventh win of the season.

Kramer got the Storm on the board in the first inning with an RBI groundout, taking advantage of a Jessica Simmons single, followed by her stealing second and moving to third on a Destiny Riddle sac bunt.

The Reddies responded with a two-run homer in the top of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead.

SE was nearly retired in the bottom of the fourth on three pitches, but a two out error allowed Courtney Riddle to reach and move to second.

That was followed by a Jordyn James hit which moved Courtney Riddle to third, and after James moved to second trying to get HSU to get caught up in a hang-up play Wallace would connect on a two-run single to right to regain the lead at 3-2.

Keeshia Thompson followed with a single and advanced to second on the throw to put runners at second and third for Harmon who had a two-run single to center to push the lead to 5-2.

The Reddies would push runners into scoring position in the sixth, but Seay would get out of trouble to preserve the 5-2 win.

In the series finale, SE was out-hit 8-4, but got another outstanding pitching performance as Emily Cudd tossed 6.2 innings to earn her eighth win of the year, allowing two runs on six hits with three strikeouts.

Seay would come on to face three batters and record the final out of the game to earn her second save of the season.

Simmons, Kramer, Laramie Beal and Jordyn James recorded the only four hits for the Storm in the final game of the series.

Kramer, James and Wallace each drove in a run.

For the second-straight game and the third time on the weekend Southeastern got on the board with a Kramer RBI groundout which scored Simmons to take a 1-0 lead.

Things stayed quiet until the fourth inning with a pinch-hit double by James down the left field line that scored Beal to take a 2-0 lead.

One batter later a Wallace RBI groundout would push the lead to 3-0.

HSU would try to mount a rally with a pair of runs on four hits in the top of the seventh, but Seay would coax the nine-hole hitter to fly out to right to hang onto a 3-2 win.



 
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