The University of Arkansas at Monticello softball team closed out a home and away Great American Conference series with rival Southern Arkansas with a double-header split on the road Wednesday afternoon, falling in the first game 5-1 before picking up a 6-1 win in the second game in extra innings.
The Blossoms (23-21, 14-17 GAC) won the second game by scoring five runs in the top of the ninth inning on four consecutive run producing at bats. Freshman Allison Stipes opened the rally with a two-run single, followed by an RBI triple from senior Hannah Pendley, and RBI single from freshman McKenzie Rice and an RBI triple from senior Beth Johnson.
UAM opened the scoring in the top of the third inning on an RBI infield single from Rice to score senior Channing Tharpe, who led off the inning with a walk. SAU (24-18, 19-13 GAC) tied it up in the sixth on an RBI single by Sarah Higginbotham, which eventually forced extra innings.
Junior Katie Slaughter (12-10) threw every pitch for the Blossoms in the extra-inning win, allowing just one run off nine hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
In the first game, SAU hurler Hanna Gill (7-3) held UAM to just one hit in the first six innings, a two-out triple by Pendley in the top of the third inning. The Muleriders gave her three runs in the bottom of the first, highlighted by a two-run homerun from Maddie Dow. SAU added another run in the fourth and finalized their scoring with one run in the sixth.
UAM rallied for three hits in the top of the seventh, but was only able to create one run on an RBI single by Tharpe to score Johnson, who led off the final inning with a single to left field.
The Blossoms are back in action this weekend at home against Southern Nazarene. Double-headers are set for Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m. each day at Blossoms Field.