By Nick Dingus, Sports Editor (Courtesy Photo/Bison Athletics)
Poor field conditions in Magnolia, Arkansas last week forced Oklahoma Baptists three-game series to be moved to Shawnee.
The 12th ranked Southern Arkansas softball team rode into town Friday afternoon, and by 5 p.m. had swept the Lady Bison by delivering three straight losses by a combined score of 32-12.
During their first game at Lady Bison Park, the Lady Muleriders won by a score of 4-5.
In the following game, the Lady Bison opened up the scoring when Bry Flanagan drove a single into right field allowing Dani Manning to score in the fi rst inning.
SAU struck back in the second and third innings, scoring on two doubles and a two run homerun. In the fourth inning Flanagan recorded her second RBI of the day by hitting a single run homer.
Following Flanagan’s homerun, the Lady Bison failed to cross home plate the remainder of the day.
The next day, still stinging from the loss the day before, the Lady Bi-son once again took the fi eld and once again struck fi rst, scoring early in the second Inning.
When Hailey Seago crossed home plate after a Katie Long single, it would be the last time OBU would score during the second game of the series. The Muleriders went on to three points in the third inning and seven more during a brutal fifth inning to make the final score 10-1 in favor of SAU.
With one game of their three-game series remaining, the Lady Bison attacked with fury, scoring twice in the first inning. Flanagan and Manning both scored. The Muleriders struck back immediately, matching the Bison with their own two points on a two run home run. SAU struck again in the third inning scoring three points on a fielder’s choice and a second two-run homer.
In the fourth inning, Seago added another run to OBU’s total by hitting a solo homer to left center. OBU managed to tie it up at 5-5 in the fifth inning. The equalizer came when Flanagan once again crossed home after a Mulerider throwing error.
In the sixth inning, the Muleriders once again took the lead back, scoring runs on a fielder’s choice and a Bison error. The Bison were unable to score again in the seventh inning, eventually losing their fourth game of the week-end 5-7.
The Lady Bison will stay at home this upcoming weekend as the Boll Weevil’s of the University of Arkansas- Monticello come to town. The conference rivals will play back-to-back doubleheaders Friday and Saturday.
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