SE Sweeps Day One at Regional Invitational

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern opened up on offense on the first day of the Southeastern Regional Invitational piling up 14 runs and 18 hits en route to sweeping Washburn and Missouri Western State on Friday.

The Savage Storm picked up a 5-3 win over WU and followed that with a 9-4 victory over MWSU.

The wins lift SE to 5-2 overall on the season heading into day two of the event at the Durant Multi-Sports complex when the Storm will face Lincoln at 10 a.m. and No. 4 Angelo State at 2 p.m.

Whitney Hamilton, Rachel Jones and Darrian Williams each connected on a pair of hits against Washburn, with four different players posting RBI.

The Storm also worked the base paths with Jessica Simmons posting two steals, while Hamilton, Courtney Moore and Courtney Riddle each had one.

Simmons put SE on the board first against the Lady Blues when she teamed with Hamilton on a double steal.

That was followed by an RBI single by Riddle that plated Hamilton and a Jones single that scored Riddle to mount a 3-0 lead.

WU knotted the game in the third with an RBI double and a two-run homer.

SE got a run back in the bottom of the third when Lacie Cook drew a bases loaded walk to put SE in front 4-3.

SE finished its scoring when Williams beat out an infield single to short while Kaija Morris scored from third.

In the nightcap, The Storm carved out eight hits en route to a key regional win over a team receiving votes in the NFCA national poll.

Mindy McElroy and Laramie Beal posted the only multi-hit outings, with McElroy making the most noise on the day with a grand slam that moved SE from three runs down to one up.

McElroy finished with four RBI, while Jones and Moore each added two RBI.

MWSU opened scoring with a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Storm responded in the bottom of the fourth with Beal singling home Morris who was running for Hamilton.

The Griffons came back in the top of the fifth and got a solo home run and an RBI triple to mount a 4-1 advantage.

Southeastern, however, would again respond when McElroy connected on the team's first grand slam of the season, moving the Storm in front 5-4.

That lead bloomed to 9-4 in the bottom of the sixth when Jones doubled home Simmons and Williams which was followed by a two-run homer by Moore.

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