CLARKSVILLE, AR-- After dropping the first game of a four-game series with Ozarks, the UT Tyler softball team wasted no time in taking a Sunday afternoon sweep over the Eagles, 4-1, 13-0. The win in game one clinched the American Southwest Conference east division crown for the Patriots, for just the second time in school history.
With the two wins on Sunday, UT Tyler reached the 30-win mark for the fifth season in a row, running its regular season mark to 31-7 overall, and 18-4 in the ASC.
In game one, Katelyn Thomason once again led the way in the circle, giving up just four hits, one earned run and striking out six, earning the 4-1 win.
Thomason knocked in the first run of the game on a fielder's choice to shortstop, while Ashley Endsley made it 2-0 in the third inning with a RBI double.
Ozarks (11-29, 4-20) cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth inning, following an illegal pitch by Thomason, allowing Kelsey Stephens to score.
The Patriots then added two insurance runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by Ashley Endsley's 10th homerun of the season, making the score 3-1 UT Tyler. Thomason then knocked in her second run of the game on a RBI single, bringing the score to the final, 4-1.
Thomason was able to give up only one hit the rest of the way, keeping the Eagles off the bases, wrapping up the 4-1 win in game one.
In game two, the Patriots blasted 18 hits, scoring 13 runs in a 13-0 romp of Ozarks. Heather Abshire was excellent in the circle, coming back from a shaky start on Saturday, giving up just two hits and no earned runs.
UT Tyler scored six runs to start the game, highlighted by a two-run single by Thomason, and a two-run double by junior Joey Cronin.
Leading 6-0 after one, the Patriots scored two more runs in the second inning. Cronin scored on an error by Eagles' second-baseman Reagan Littlefield, while teammate Brittney Batten knocked in her first run of the day with an RBI single, making the score 8-0.
In the third inning, Howell picked up an RBI with a single to center field, while Cronin scored the second run of the inning on a wild pitch, bringing the score to 10-0.
The Patriots added one more run in the fourth on a single by Cronin, and scored two runs in the fifth, one on a wild-pitch, the other on a sacrifice fly by senior Ashlee Johnson, making the score 13-0.
On the day, UT Tyler blasted 29 hits, scoring 17 runs. Cronin had a stellar day at the plate, going 5 for 7 with two RBI, while teammate Lauren Robenalt added five hits of her own.
The Patriots now head home to Tyler to take on ASC east rival in the second chance series against ETBU. The previous two tries to play the Tigers have both been rained out. The double-header starts at 5 pm on Monday.