By James Vallone
FLORENCE, Ala. -– The Lady Hawks softball team picked up another pair of wins from the UNA Invitational, defeating McKendree 10-0 and No. 7 Indianapolis, 4-2.
The first game saw the Lady Hawks score in four of the five innings of play, including seven runs through the first three innings.
Kristen Little pitched another complete game shutout, throwing five innings of two hit ball while striking out seven.
Three more runs scored in the fifth inning, with Felicia Morris connecting on a two-run home run to end the scoring.
Little struck out the first two batters of the fifth, before getting the final out on a pop fly to first base.
The game was called after five innings due to run rule, the second time Shorter has accomplished this feat in two days.
Game Two saw the Lady Hawks defeat Indianapolis, 4-2, the seventh-ranked team according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Top 25 poll released on February 20. Indianapolis had defeated No. 1 Valdosta State – the defending national champions - on February 16 as part of the Charger Chillout, 3-2.
Indianapolis scored in the first on a bases loaded walk to take the early 1-0 lead.
Corn picked up her third RBI in the third inning, singling in Castaneda.
Cooper hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to score Kendall Johnson to make the game 4-1.
Indianapolis got one more run on a bases loaded single in the sixth, with only one out. Christina Ezell was able to get a strike out and a pop fly to end the inning with no more runs scoring.
Ezell went all seven innings on the mound, surrendering eight hits but striking out 13 batters.
Shorter got four runs on seven hits – with Corn and Kendall Johnson getting two hits apiece.
Indianapolis got four hits from Erika Goodwin and three from Taylor Russell, but was only able to drive in two runs while leaving 12 runners on base.
Shorter will finish play from UNA tomorrow with another pair of games. The Lady Hawks will play Drury at 11 am, while finishing off the day playing Missouri-St. Louis at 3 pm.