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Despite 13 hits, Lady Eagles fall 5-3 to Arkansas-Monticello

Kala Ratliff had three hits for OC in its loss to Arkansas-Monticello.
Kala Ratliff had three hits for OC in its loss to Arkansas-Monticello.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (Feb. 16, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian had 13 hits, including three each by Kala Ratliff and Kendra Pierce, but left 10 runners on base and lost 5-3 to Arkansas-Monticello on Saturday in the 7-States Classic.

OC’s first game of the day, against Northwest Missouri State, was called after two innings due to field conditions. OC (4-3) will take a three-game losing streak into its final two games of the 7-States Classic, on Sunday against Missouri Western and Rockhurst (Mo.).

Consecutive doubles by Pierce and Martha Thomas put OC up 1-0 in the first inning against UAM (9-5), but the Cotton Blossoms tied the game in the second and went up 4-1 with a three-run third inning, keyed by a two-run single to left field by Randa Perry.

UAM extended its margin to 5-1 in the fourth, as Kara House singled, stole second base and scored on a single by Kali Piha.

The Lady Eagles had four hits and pulled within 5-3 in the fifth, with Courtney Starr delivering an RBI double and Pierce following with a run-scoring single.

But the Lady Eagles left two runners on base in the sixth and left the bases loaded in the seventh, as Perry came on with two outs to strike out Michelle Miller to end the game and earn her first save of the softball season.

OC lost despite limiting UAM to six hits. Lindsy Moore (2-2) didn’t make it out of the third inning for OC, allowing four runs. Katie Slaughter (3-1) picked up the win for the Cotton Blossoms, going 6 2/3 innings in the circle.