Blossoms, Crimson Storm open series with split

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello softball team opened its four-game Great American Conference home series against Southern Nazarene with a doubleheader split on Friday.

UAM fell in the first game, 4-1, before picking a 4-0 win in the second game.

The Cotton Blossoms (24-22, 15-18 GAC) earned the split mostly due to a three-run home run from freshman Korie Parker in the third inning of the second game. Senior Beth Johnson opened the scoring with an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning.

Katie Slaughter (13-10) earned the complete-game shutout win, keeping the Crimson Storm (16-25, 10-18 GAC) off the board. The junior allowed five hits with five strikeouts and no walks in her seven innings in the circle.

In the series opener, UAM was limited to just three hits while being struck out nine times by SNU starter Kayla Wyatt (10-9). The Blossoms scored their lone run off a wild pitch in the bottom of the third with senior Channing Tharpe, who drew a walk earlier in the inning, coming in to score.

The Crimson Storm opened the scoring with an unearned run in the top of the first, and added two runs in the fifth and one run in the sixth.

Senior Courtney Wilson (10-10) took the loss in complete-game fashion, giving up four runs (three earned) off seven hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

The two squads wrap up the series on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at noon at Blossoms Field.