Columbus, MS – The Owls softball team fell two games in a midweek matchup against William Carey University. After an hour of rain delay, the Owls were finally able to take the field against the Crusaders. The W fell game one, 0-8 in 5 innings and game two, 6-9 in 8 innings.
Game One (0-8, L)
The Crusaders came out fighting scoring three runs off of three hits to go up 0-3 in the first inning.
The Owls were quiet offensively throughout the first game. Freshman Lillian Ergle recorded the solo hit of the game for the Owls with a double to right field.
William Carey University added one more run in the second inning and the Owls' defense was able to keep them from scoring until the fifth inning when they broke through again.
The Crusaders added 4 more runs on the board to extend their lead, 0-8.
Game Two (6-9, L)
The Owls came back in game two ready to fight striking early in the first inning. Junior Megan Cummins singled to left field to get the Owls going. Junior Kelsie Gerhart hit a hard ground ball allowing Cummins to advance to third and an error by the defense allowed Cummins to score for the first run of the game.
In the bottom of the second, with runners in scoring position Holden singled to right field advancing Williams to third. Throwing errors by the defense allowed Williams and Ergle to score, extending the lead 3-0. More miscues by the Crusaders pushed two more runs across for the Owls making it 5-0.
A late offensive strike by the Crusaders in the sixth inning put them in striking distance at, 6-4. They were able to tack on 2 more runs in the seventh inning to tie it up at, 6-6.
In the extra-inning the Crusaders found 3 more runs to give them their first lead of the game.
The Owls were unable to come back offensively, going down 6-9 against the Crusaders.
The Owls will look to redeem themselves Tuesday, March 11th against Millsaps College. The first pitch of the doubleheader is set for 3 pm.