SE Softball Advances to GAC Title Game

After winning a pair of pitcher's duels on Thursday, the SE offense opened up and advanced to the Great American Conference Championship game with a 9-2 victory over Southern Arkansas on Friday afternoon in Bentonville, Ark.

The win lifts the Savage Storm to 38-15 on the year as they advance to their third-straight GAC championship game.

Laramie Beal turned in a 4-for-5 performance at the plate with a double and an RBI.

Jessica Simmons followed with a 3-for-4 outing, scoring three runs and driving in one.

Sydney Kramer also added a pair of hits, including a triple with two RBI and Mindy McElroy picked up a pair of hits and a run scored to help her effort in the circle.

McElroy finished off her third-straight complete game victory by allowing two runs on seven hits over seven innings with a strikeout. The win lifts her to 24-7 on the season.

Simmons opened the game with a single up the middle and moved to second on a Lacie Cook groundout.

Kramer would follow by reaching on an error followed by a single by Laramie Beal which loaded the bases with one out.

Haley Strawn then put the first run on the board with a sac fly to center which plated Simmons for a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

McElroy singled through the left side with one out in the top of the second and moved to second on a Lauren Renneker sac bunt.

McElroy then scored from second on a single by Simmons to stake a 2-0 lead.

Simmons then followed by stealing second and third base, with Cook cashing in on Simmons moving up two bases by singling to center to drive in Simmons and take a 3-0 lead.

SAU answered in the bottom half of the second, putting up two runs on four hits and taking advantage of an SE error to close the gap to 3-2 after two innings.

Neither team would cross the plate in the third inning, but the Storm got back on track in the top of the fourth.

Simmons would draw a one-out walk and Cook would follow with a walk of her own, with both runners coming home on a triple by Kramer to jump out to a 5-2 lead.

Kramer would then score on an RBI single by Beal who would work her way around the bases as Courtney Riddle and Arianna Jones drew walks to load the bases.

Beal then scored as McElroy reached on an error to push the lead to 7-2 midway through the fourth.

SE would strike again in the seventh inning with Beal leading off with a single and moving to second on a Strawn groundout.

Beal then came home on a Riddle single up the middle to push the lead to 8-2.

Arianna Jones followed with a double and then SE got a McElroy single which was followed by an RBI double by Renneker which plated Riddle to make the score 9-2 which would hold to be the final.

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