Southeastern Splits Saturday Games with SAU

Southeastern used late-inning runs to pick up a 3-0 win over Southern Arkansas in game one, but three Mulerider home runs in game two led to a 9-6 loss for the Savage Storm in the final game of the series on Saturday afternoon in Durant, Okla.

The split means a 2-2 split in the series for SE as the team moves to 23-10 overall and 16-6 in Great American Conference play.

The opener was a pitcher's duel as Storm starter Mindy McElroy tossed her third complete-game shutout of the season while scattering five hits and striking out one.

The SE offense put up six hits, each coming from a different hitter, with Darrian Williams and Sydney Kramer each driving in a run.

The teams each put up zeros on the scoreboard until the bottom of the fifth inning when SE took advantage of a leadoff walk by Lauren Renneker thanks to an RBI groundout by Kramer that scored a pinch-running Shayna Milam to open a 1-0 lead.

The lead grew in the sixth inning, first on a Williams single that plated Shaina Crites and two batters later when the SAU shortstop dropped a Jessica Simmons pop up with two outs which allowed Williams to score from second and set the score at 3-0 which would hold to be the final.

The nightcap was the complete opposite, however, as the Muleriders scored in the top of the first inning, with SE answering with an RBI fielder's choice for Kramer and an RBI single for Haley Strawn to take a 2-1 lead.

SAU responded with a five run second inning, bolstered by the grand slam home run of Shelby Miller that opened up a 6-2 lead.

Williams would open the bottom of the second with a walk and move to second two batters later on a Simmons groundout.

Then with two outs, Lacie Cook singled home Williams which was followed by an infield single by Kramer to put two runners on for Laramie Beal who connected on her eighth home run of the season, a three-run shot to tie the game at 6-6 after two innings.

Each team then switched pitchers and the scoring slowed, with Miller giving the Muleriders the lead with a solo homer in the top of the fourth.

SAU would add two more in the top of the seventh and the Storm could not mount a rally, falling 9-6.

Cook and Beal each posted two hits in the game as the Storm finished with eight as a team.

Beal drove in three runs, while Cook, Kramer and Strawn each added an RBI.

Jacee Bennett got the start but had a rough outing, allowing six runs on four hits with two K's in 2.0 innings of work, earning a no decision.

McElroy then came on in relief but was handed the loss after allowing three runs on six hits in 5.0 innings.

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