By James Vallone
FLORENCE, Ala. -– The Lady Hawks ran through the UNA Invitational over the weekend, picking up six wins in three days. Sunday saw a 5-2 victory versus Drury and a 2-0 win in the final game versus Missouri-St. Louis.
The first game had Kayla Cooper providing a pair of solo home runs as part of a three run game for the Lady Hawks lead-off hitter.
Drury got on the scoreboard first when Stacy Razo led the game off with a solo home run off of Lady Hawks starter, Kayla Byrom. Byrom settled down and struck out five Panthers over 4.1 innings.
Cooper tied the game in the first with the first of two home runs. She scored again in the third after leading the inning off with a double on a Felicia Morris single to right field. Morris scored two batters later on a Bre Johnson ground out.
Razo picked up the second Panther RBI, when Marissa Valdez scored on a two out double before Christina Ezell picked up the final out to end the game with another strike out.
Shorter picked up five runs on nine hits, Cooper providing three hits and three runs, and Morris adding a pair of hits.
The pitching combo of Byrom and Ezell struck out 11 over the seven innings. Ezell faced just ten batters over 2.2 innings – getting six of her eight outs via strike out.
The second game saw the Lady Hawks defeat the Tritons of Missouri-St. Louis, 2-0, behind a complete game shutout from Maddie Bray.
Cooper led off game two with a double, scoring a few batters later on Jackie Castaneda's RBI single.
The Lady Hawks (9-1) added another run in the second with Cooper picking up the RBI on a sacrifice fly to left field to drive in Courtney Bailey.
The Tritons did not pick up their first hit until the third inning off of Bray – she scattered five hits over seven innings with striking out three.
Shorter scored two runs on seven hits.
The Lady Hawks pitching struck out 48 batters over 38 innings, giving up just six runs.
The offense scored 43 runs on 55 hits over three days.
The Lady Hawks return to action as they open up Gulf South Conference play this coming weekend with a pair of doubleheaders on the road. March 2 sees the Lady Hawks visit the Lady Bucs of Christian Brothers, with another doubleheader on March 3 versus the Delta State Lady Statesmen.