Storm Splits on Day One vs. SAU

Southeastern opened the day with a 7-6 walk-off victory over Southern Arkansas, but was unable to maintain that momentum into game two, falling 9-2.

The final two games of the series are scheduled for an 11 a.m. double-header on Saturday.

The split moves the Savage Storm to 22-9 overall on the season and 15-5 in Great American Conference play.

SE picked up 10 hits in the opener, led by a 3-for-4 effort by Sydney Kramer who also drove in four runs.

Jessica Simmons, Lacie Cook and Arianna Jones each picked up two hits, with Cook and Jones adding an RBI apiece.

In the circle, Mindy McElroy got the start, but finished with a no decision after allowing four runs on eight hits over 4.1 innings with two strikeouts.

Jacee Bennett would be the beneficiary of the walk-off victory after throwing the final 2.2 innings and allowing two runs on one hit.

The Storm got on the board first when Kramer doubled home Simmons, followed later in the inning by a Jones single that plated Haley Strawn for a 2-0 lead.

That doubled in the second inning when Kramer singled and allowed Darrian Williams and Simmons to score for a 4-0 lead.

SAU answered though with a four run third inning to knot the game at 4-4.

SE regained the lead thanks to back-to-back RBI singles in the fifth inning by Cook and Kramer, but the Muleriders would knot the score with a two run homer in the top of the seventh.

Williams would walk to lead off the seventh for the Storm, moving to second on a Whitney Hamilton sac bunt and third on a Simmons single.

Then as the Storm batter missed an attempt to bunt her home from third, Williams was caught too far off the base at third, however, the SAU shortstop was unable to handle the throw from the catcher, allowing the game-winning run to cross the plate.

Any momentum from the walk-off victory faded in game two, with the Muleriders jumping to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

A Strawn double would plate Cook and cut the deficit in half in the bottom half of the inning.

However, SAU would add another run in the third and take advantage of a pair of Storm errors in the fifth to0 add four more and take a 7-1 lead.

Laramie Beal would single home Simmons in the fifth, but a pair of seventh inning runs by SAU would fashion the final score of 9-2.

Strawn turned in a 3-for-3 effort at the plate in the game with an RBI, while Beal picked up a pair of hits as well as the other RBI.

Bennett was saddled with the loss in game two after starting and tossing 2.0 innings and allowing three runs on four hits with three K's.

Shayna Milam tossed 5.0 innings in relief and allowed six run, only three of which were earned, on six hits.

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