The LeTourneau University softball team swept a doubleheader from Ozarks, 1-0 and 8-6 on a rainy Friday in Longview.
The YellowJackets (10-12, 8-9 ASC) extend their winning streak to four games with the sweep and winners in six of its last seven. To pull off the doubleheader sweep, it was a combination of strong pitching in game one by senior Kayla Cosby and a season-high 15 hit attack in the nightcap. The two losses drop Ozarks to 5-11 overall and 5-9 in the American Southwest Conference.
LETU got all the offense it needed in the fourth inning when senior Brianna Williams hit her second home run of the season. The run was enough support for Cosby, who tied a season-high with six strikeouts, for her third win in four appearances to improve to 5-5 on the season. On three occasions, Ozarks had a runner on second before Cosby kept them from scoring. Also in the win, LETU senior Megan Hill had her team-leading 10th multi-hit game with a pair of singles.
In the nightcap, the LETU offense pounded out a season-high 15 hits to give support to sophomore starter Ashley Burdine. Sophomore Ashlin Roach had a career-high four hits, including a two-run home run in the third inning to lead the attack. Plus, junior Courtney Matulis tied a season-high with three hits to go along with two runs scored.
LETU took a 3-0 lead in the first inning before a three-run home run by Ozarks in the third tied the contest. Roach put the YellowJackets back ahead for the rest of the game with a two-run home run in its half of the third. With a 5-3 lead in the fourth inning, LeTourneau added to its lead with a four-run inning to stretch the advantage to 8-2.
Ozarks mounted a comeback in the seventh with three runs and had the tying run at the plate before freshman relief pitcher Samantha Thomas got three strikeouts to end the contest. Burdine picked up the win, striking out three and allowing ten hits and six runs to improve to 2-4.
The two teams will wrap up the weekend series on Saturday with a contest at noon.