Early closing in on record

Alvy Early

The University of Arkansas at Monticello softball team split a doubleheader this week with Southern Arkansas and brought Coach Alvy Early’s all-time collegiate win total to 1,159 as he closes in on the all-time wins record for a college coach in Arkansas in all divisions and all sports. The current record holder is former University of Arkansas Baseball Coach Norm DeBriyn with 1,161 wins.

The opening game of the double-header  aw UAM (25-11, 18-6 GAC) jump all over Southern Arkansas ((32-6, 22-4 GAC) offensively in the third inning as Maranda Clendenin started things off with a three-run home-run to left field. The next batter, Kaylee Freeman, sent a ball over the left field wall to extend UAM’s lead to 4-0.

Despite allowing three runs by SAU, two of which crossed the plate in the bottom of the seventh, the Blossoms held on for the opening series win.

Kendra Coleman (15-3) earned her 15th overall victory on the day, throwing a complete game and only allowed two earned runs and struck out one hitter.

Game number two was a different story for Arkansas-Monticello as the Blossoms’ scored only hit in the contest, a single to left field in the top of the fifth by freshman Cailyn Bolick. SAU shut out UAM, 8-0, in five innings.

Kaylee Freeman (6-5) started in the circle for UAM, throwing 3.1 innings, allowing three earned runs, and recording two strikeouts. Alyson Finnigan, Paisley Pratt, and Sara Squires each made relief appearances in the ballgame.

The Blossoms will travel to Arkadelphia on Friday, April 7 to take on Ouachita in a four-game GAC series with game one on Friday slated for a 3 p.m. start time.

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