ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – Offense was at a premium here Friday afternoon as coach Ron Faubion’s LadyStorm softballers dropped a Great American Conference doubleheader to Henderson State.
Southeastern was on the wrong end of 1-0 and 2-1 decisions with the first game going nine innings.
Henderson State junior Michelle Sorenson, twice this season the GAC pitcher of the week, showed why as she pitched a complete game in the opener. She threw a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts and no walks. The Storm had only three baserunners, two on errors and one on a fielder’s choice.
Emily Cudd started for Southeastern and pitched 7.1 innings of shutout ball, allowing no runs on eight hits, striking out none and walking six with several intentional passes.
Destiny Riddle pitched 0.2 innings and gave up one earned run on one hit, walked two, struck out two and absorbed the loss to make her record 1-3.
Southeastern is now 11-11 overall and 5-7 in the GAC. Henderson State is 13-13 and 7-7.
Coach Faubion said, “We couldn’t hit the ball. We had three runners reach second in the opener and that was it. We didn’t get the bunt down and that hurt. Overall, we did some things right or the score would have been worse than 1-0.
“Henderson State is the best team we’ve played all year and we still had 13 shutout innings against them. We just didn’t capitalize on our opportunities.
“Brittany Chatellier made a couple of excellent plays in left field and we cut down a runner at the plate on one of them.
“Bottom line is we had only four hits in 16 innings of softball and you can’t win many games that way. We just have to keep going, work harder and try to keep improving.”
Henderson State 1, LadyStorm 0
Riddle moved into the leadoff spot in the batting order and reached safely on an error by the first baseman to start the game.
Riddle was on base in the first and the third, the second time on a fielder’s choice. Pinch-hitter Ashton Adkins reached on an error at third to start the eighth inning.
The Lady Reddies stranded 14 runners and picked up eight hits while striking out twice and drawing eight walks.
Senior Kiersten Seahorn led HSU with two for two and the game-winning RBI in the ninth inning. Courtney Warren was three for four and Alexis Morton two for three.
Sorensen went the distance on a no-hitter with 13 whiffs and no walks to run her record to 10-6.
Henderson State 2, LadyStorm 1
Along with her outstanding defense, Chatellier picked up Southeastern’s first hit of the day when she reached on an infield single with two out in the third.
Marisa Fleck slammed a solo home run to lead off the Storm sixth, her first of the season. Symphoni Shomo and Conner Harmon were each one for three.
Ashley Moore started and worked 4.1 innings of shutout ball when she was relieved by Riddle with one out and the bases loaded in the fifth.
Riddle got a strikeout and a pop to second to shut down the rally.
After the Storm took the lead on Fleck’s homer in the top of the sixth, Lakin Wolever hit her second roundtripper of the season to tie it in the bottom of the sixth.
A walk, error at short and back-to-back singles in the seventh produced the winning run for HSU.
Chatellier and Fleck were one for two each to lead the Storm. Shomo and Harmon wee one for three apiece.
Wolever and Ashleigh Erb were two for four each and Olivia Trapp was one for one as a pinch-hitter for HSU.