SE Splits Day One Versus Reddies

Southeastern opened its regular-season ending series with Henderson State with a split on Saturday afternoon, picking up a 3-2 win in eight innings in the opener before falling 9-1 in game two in Arkadelphia, Ark.

The split moves the Savage Storm to 30-19 on the season overall and 24-8 in Great American Conference play, leaving the team in need of a sweep on Sunday afternoon of the final two games of the series to overtake the Reddies for the regular-season conference championship.

In the opener Jessica Seay scattered a pair of runs and six hits over 7.1 innings pitched to move to 14-6 on the season.

Jacee Bennett faced three batters in relief, allowing a hit and recording two outs.

Sydney Kramer collected two of the team's four hits, while Laramie Beal and Arianna Jones each added one.

Kramer also collected the team's only RBI in the game.

HSU took the early 1-0 lead with a run in the third, but the Storm answered immediately when Haley Strawn scored as Ashley Moore reached on an error.

Kramer would put SE in front with an RBI single to left that plated Jessica Simmons for a 2-1 lead midway through the fifth.

The Reddies answered with a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game and send it to extras tied at 2-2.

The Storm would take the lead for good when Jones took advantage of an error on a Conner Harmon sac bunt and scored from second to go up 3-2 which would hold to be the final.

The nightcap was not as kind to SE though as Bennett was handed the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits in four innings pitched.

Moore tossed two-thirds of an inning and was tagged for four runs on four hits.

The Storm offense was held to three hits, with Simmons, Beal and Strawn collecting those.

Strawn drove in the team's only run.

Southeastern got on the board first with Beal scoring on a squeeze bunt by Strawn in top of the second for a 1-0 lead.

However, that was the highlight offensively as HSU answered with three runs in the bottom of the second and exploded for six more in the bottom of the fifth to bring the game to an early end and hand SE a 9-1 loss.

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