No. 1 Southern Arkansas starts season with doubleheader victory

MAGNOLIA, AR –  The No. 1 ranked Southern Arkansas softball team won their 17th and 18th consecutive games, dating back to last season, as the Muleriders swept a doubleheader from the Delta State Lady Statesmen Saturday.

SAU won the first affair 17-0 after five innings and stayed true with a 12-4 triumph in the second contest.

Southern Arkansas took an early 10-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Faith Otts plated the first two runs with a single to left field. Jaxynn Dyson drove in the third run with a single to the left side. Elisa Favela scored the next run for SAU after a throwing error at third. Alese Casper’s homer to left field plated the next two runs for the Muleriders, and the final two runs of the inning were driven in via two run RBI to left field by Sarah Evans. 

Laina Suesue’s grand slam in the bottom of the second extended the Mulerider’s lead to 14-0. 

SAU added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth after scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth, taking a 17-0 lead. Christina Hill and Favela both scored thanks to two wild pitches in the inning. Otts scored the last run of the inning after a fielding error. 

Victoria Taylor (1-0) got the start for SAU. Taylor allowed zero runs through four innings, only allowing one hit.

Landry Newson relieved Taylor in the top of the fifth. Newson allowed no runs and issued one walk.  

Olivia Burns (0-2) made the start for the Lady Statesmen. Burns allowed seven runs in the opening frame and was relieved by Hannah Hasle.

Hasle pitched 2.1 innings, giving up seven runs off six hits. Hasle was relieved by Brooklyn Sweeny in the bottom of the fourth. Brooklyn Sweeny pitched the remainder of the game for DSU. Sweeny allowed three runs through an inning of work.

Game 2

DSU got off to a great start in game two. The Lady Statesmen plated four runs in the bottom of the first. Reagan Stafford drove in the first run with an RBI single to center field. Jaclyn Deason plated the next run with her own RBI single to center, and Haley Simpson drove in the final two runs of the inning with a two-run single to left field. 

SNU’s Sarah Evans’ grand slam in the bottom of the first inning tied the game at four a piece. 

The Lady Statesmen took back the lead in the top of the fourth inning after a fielding error allowed Katelyn Hayman to score and DSU took a 5-4 lead. 

Kayla Collins’ home run in the bottom of the fourth tied the game at 5-5.

The Muleriders took the lead in the bottom of the fifth after scoring six runs. SAU scored off five hits, only allowing two runners to be left on base. Southern Arkansas took an 11-5 lead.

Rebecca Flajardo’s RBI infield single in the bottom of the sixth added another run to the Mulerider’s lead. SAU would go on to win 12-5. 

Sydney Wader (1-0) made the start for SAU. Wader was relieved in the first inning after giving up four runs off three hits and four walks. 

Elisa Favela relieved Wader in the first inning and allowed one run during her 3.1 inning outing. 

Victoria Taylor relieved Favela in the bottom of the fifth. She allowed zero runs through three innings. 

Lacey Coats (1-1) made the start for DSU. Coats gave up 10 runs through 4.1 innings. Coats also picked up five strikeouts during the outing.

Hasle relieved Coats in the bottom of the fifth. Hasle allowed two runs during her 1.2 innings of work.

Stafford earned her first career multi-hit game for Delta State after going 2-4 at the plate.