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February 20, 2013Lady Tiger softball team goes 1-2 at Carl Albert JUCO Festival
One week after going 5-1 at the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth, Texas, the No. 3-ranked Cowley College softball team dropped two of three games at the Carl Albert JUCO Festival played Saturday in Poteau, OK.
Cowley suffered a disheartening 10-8 loss to Paris (TX) Junior College in its opening game as Paris scored 10 unanswered runs after trailing 8-0. Sophomore Keelyn Bonar (3-1) shutout Paris over the game's first 4 2/3 innings of play, but ended up being charged with 10 runs in six innings pitched.
Paris scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning to pull within 8-2, and then scored five runs on five hits in the sixth inning. Still, Cowley led 8-7 heading into the seventh and final inning.
The Lady Dragons opened the seventh inning with back-to-back doubles and went on to score three times in the inning to complete the largest comeback ever against an Ed Hargrove coached team.
Cowley was out-hit 16-12 in the defeat. Sophomore Laura Seemann finished 3-for-4 with two RBI's in the defeat, while Haley Strawn and Stephanie Couser added two hits a piece.
In game two, Cowley knocked off Carl Albert by a score of 3-2. All three Lady Tiger runs came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Cowley had only two hits in the inning, but took advantage of three walks by Viking starting pitcher Jessika Nolen.
Freshman Jessica Seay went the distance on the mound for Cowley and allowed only six hits and two runs over seven innings pitched. Seay is now 4-0 on the season.
Sophomore Austen Hilt had three of Cowley's seven hits as she went 3-for-3 with a run scored.
In the final game, Cowley fell behind Eastern Oklahoma by a score of 3-0 after two innings of play and never led in the 10-5 defeat. After going 1-2 on the day, the Lady Tigers are now 8-3 on the season.
"I don't think we were very good in any phase of the game," Hargrove said. "We played so well the weekend before in Texas that maybe we got a bloated ego."
In the loss to Eastern Oklahoma, freshman Brooke Benge allowed 10 runs in 4 2/3 innings pitched as her record dropped to 1-2 on the season.
Freshman catcher Taylor Watham went 2-for-3 with two runs scored as Cowley was out-hit 13-9 in the defeat.
Cowley will look to bounce back when they host Maple Woods Community College in a doubleheader Tuesday at 2 p.m.
After giving up 24 runs in the three games played on Saturday, Hargrove hopes to see a better performance from his pitching staff on Tuesday.
"You can't go out there trying to outscore the opponent every game," Hargrove said. "I hope to see our pitchers pitch with a little fire in their bellies."
Score by inning:
Game one R H E
Paris 0 0 0 0 2 5 3 - 10 16 1
Cowley 0 1 1 6 0 0 0 - 8 12 3
Game two R H E
Carl Albert 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 - 2 6 0
Cowley 0 0 0 3 0 0 x - 3 7 0
Game three R H E
E. Okla. 2 1 0 4 3 0 0 - 10 13 0
Cowley 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 - 5 9 0