By James Vallone
CLEVELAND, Tenn. – The Lady Hawks swept former rival Lee on the road, winning the first game 9-0 in five innings, while picking up the second victory in eight innings, 7-6.
The first game was highlighted by a complete game no hitter by Christina Ezell. Ezell allowed just one walk while picking up seven strike outs.
The offense provided a dozen hits by seven batters including five batters picking up two hits apiece – including Bre Johnson adding her seventh home run on the year.
The second game was not so one sided, as the Lady Hawks needed to utilize extra innings to pick up the victory.
Morris and Cooper each had another pair of hits, accounting for half of the Lady Hawks eight total hits – Morris adding a solo homerun while Jackie Castaneda picked up a 2-run shot in the fifth inning to put Shorter ahead.
Ezell was recalled from the bullpen after Lee had tied the game in the seventh off of Byrom, shutting down the rally to send the game to extra innings.
In the extra inning, the Lady Hawks (26-4) scored in the top of the inning when Sarah Corn scored on a sacrifice fly from Heather Herdliska forcing Lee to try and score in the bottom half of the inning.
After moving their runner to third on a sacrifice bunt, Lee went for a squeeze at the plate with one out. Ezell fielded the ball in front of the batter's box and flipped to Corn for the out at the plate, for the second out of the inning. Ezell picked up her fourth strike out of the game on her way to her second win of the day.
The Lady Hawks will return to Alto Park this weekend for a pair of Gulf South Conference double headers, hosting Delta State on Friday and Christian Brothers on Saturday.