12 Apr 2023 Mustangs’ softball sweeps University of the Ozarks
CLARKSVILLE – Stepping out of American Midwest Conference play for an in-state midweek game, Central Baptist College softball was at Hurie Field on Tuesday for a doubleheader against the University of the Ozarks. CBC (23-15) pounded out 25 hits and 22 runs in a sweep of U of O (5-23) by scores of 12-3 and 10-0.
GAME ONE – CBC 12, OZARKS 3
Neither team scored in the first two innings before the Mustangs finally broke through in the third. Katie Smith doubled home the first run of the game to make it 1-0 CBC. U of O took the lead in the bottom half with a pair of runs and the Mustangs would tie it in the top of the fourth on a sac fly by Madalyn Tubbs. Ozarks would retake the lead in the bottom of the fourth, 3-2, before CBC mounted a comeback in the fifth to take the lead for good. Madeline Bruce doubled to tie the game and Smith gave CBC the lead with a single before Kori Truelove chased a pair of runs home with a single to make it 6-3. A Bruce single in the sixth made it 7-3 and CBC would add five in the seventh to put the game away. Tubbs hit a single and an error helped bring home two runs to make it 9-3 before Jordyn Frederic singled home a run to put CBC into double figures. Pinch hitter Maddie Thompson singled home a run to make it 11-3 and Kylie Germann rounded out the scoring with a single of her own. Hannah Work started and did not factor in the decision, throwing three innings and allowing six hits and three runs (one earned) with a strikeout. Alex Jeter earned her second win of the season in relief, throwing four one-hit innings with three strikeouts.
GAME TWO – CBC 10, OZARKS 0 (FINAL – SIX INNINGS)
The Mustangs put game two away early, scoring three in the first on a single by Smith and an error of the bat of Heather Hoffman. Baylie Ainsworth made it 4-0 with a single in the fourth and an error of the bat of Frederic made it 5-0 before a groundout by Bruce made it 6-0 after four. A sac fly by Truelove made it 7-0 in the fifth and CBC would score three in the eighth on a single by Bruce, a fielder’s choice and a single by Smith to cap the runs scoring in the game. Averie Ayers threw a complete game two-hit shutout, striking out six and walking three in the process. With the win, she became just the eighth Mustang ever to win 20 games in the circle.
The Mustangs are back in AMC play this weekend when they head to Columbia, Mo., for doubleheaders against Stephens and Columbia. Details for the game dates, times, and locations are still being sorted out, so be sure to check this website for further details.