Blossoms drop sixth consecutive contest with losses to SAU, Oklahoma Baptist


The University of Arkansas at Monticello Blossoms have lost six consecutive contests beginning with a 3-1 loss to the 13th ranked Harding University in the final game of a three game series that the Blossoms took the series two games to one.

Coming back to face another ranked team in the 16th ranked Southern Arkansas University in a double-header on Tuesday, March 14.

In game one of the double-header, Maguire Estill would take the circle for the Blossoms against the Lady Muleriders.

After three scoreless innings, Estill would allow four runs, with three being earned,  in the top of the fourth inning before being relieved by Kyann Woods, who would complete the final 3.1 innings allowing one run.

The Blossoms only run of the contest would come in the bottom of the seventh inning on a single by Lexie Smith that scored Kennedy Cox.

SAU would defeat the Blossoms in game one 5-1.

The Blossoms would get hits from Sophie Wood, Courtnee Sensibaugh, Cox, and Smith for a total of four hits in the contest.

In game two, Kyan Woods' start for the Blossoms would be short lived as the sophomore pitcher from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma allowed a single and two walks in the first inning before being relieved by Kayla Olthouse.

SAU would score five runs in the inning with three runs being credited to Woods and two to Olthouse.

Hannah Holdbrook would lead off for the Blossoms with a double to left center and would advance to third on a passed ball. 

Lexie Smith would ground out but would score Holdbrook for the first run of the inning for the Blossoms. 

After the second out of the inning, Kennedy Cox would single followed by a double by Sophie Wood to score Cox to cut the lead to 5-2.

Unfortunately for the Blossoms the two runs in the bottom of the first would be the only runs scored by the Blossoms in the contest as SAU would go on to score a run in the top of the third, two in the top of the sixth, and one in the top of the seventh to take the 9-2 win.

In the contest, the Blossoms would record six hits in the contest with Hannah Holdbrook going 2 for 4, Sophie Wood going 2 for 3, Kennedy Cox going 1 for 3, and Bailey Camp finishing the day going 1 for 3.

Returning to Alvy Early Softball Field on Saturday, March 18, for a double-header in a series that was pushed to Saturday-Sunday from Friday-Saturday due to weather that had come through the area.

In the first contest against Oklahoma Baptist University on Saturday, the Blossoms offense could not get anything going as the team recorded two hits in the contest with Camp and Cox recording the hits in a 5-0 loss.

Sam Stephens was given the loss in the contest falling to 3-3 on the season. Stephens allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out three batters and walking two.

In game two of the double-header, the Blossoms offense doubled their hits from game one, recording four hits in the contest. 

Bailey Camp, Lexie Smith, and Kennedy Cox each went 1 for 2 in the contest with Emily Cecil going 1 for 1. 

Oklahoma Baptist would score one run in the top of the first inning with the Blossoms coming back to tie the contest in the bottom of the first when Kennedy Cox singled to right center to score Bailey Camp.

Oklahoma Baptist would score one run in the top of the second, two runs in the top of the third, six runs in the top of the fourth to take a 10-1 victory.

Maguire Estill would take the loss in the contest, dropping her record to 4-5 on the season. Estill would pitch 2.2 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, walking one, and striking out one.

Kyan Woods would relieve Estill, pitching .2 of an inning, allowing six runs on six hits.

Sam Stephens would finish the contest, throwing 1.2 innings, allowing two hits and striking out three.

The Blossoms would fall in the final game of the series 4-0 with Cox recording the only hit in the game for the Blossoms. 

The Blossoms will travel to Oklahoma to face Southern Nazarene beginning Friday.