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Ouachita's Butler's No Hitter and O'Brien's Pitching Leads to Two Wins


ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – Ouachita Softball takes both games of a double header against East Central on the back of great senior pitching.

Marissa Butler started game one throwing her second career no-hitter. She went seven innings not allowing a hit, run and only had one error on the day. She also added in 14 strikeouts including three innings where she would strikeout the side. In the second game Kelsey O'Brien would only give up one run on four hits shutting down East Central.

Ouachita would get a jolt of energy out of the gate as Marissa Butler would strike out all three of the first batters swinging. The Tigers would get their first hits in the bottom of the second. After a Leighton Withers walk, Samantha Ortiz would single through the right side. Callie Jourdan would then single up the middle; however, Withers would be thrown out at the plate.

After another inning of Butler striking out all three batters, the Tigers would start the bottom of the fourth with Leighton Withers being hit by a pitch. Samantha Ortiz would then blast a homerun to centerfield giving Ouachita the 2-0 lead. The Tigers would put two more runners on in the inning but could not get them home.

The 2-0 lead is all Butler would need as the Tigers would take game one with a score of 2-0. Butler picked up her eighth win of the season and the most strikeouts in a game for her this season.

In the second game East Central would start the game with a two out solo homerun to left center field. Ouachita would answer in the bottom of the first as they would start with a Natalie Jackson walk. Tobi Finley would then hit a triple to center field scoring Jackson from first and tying the game. Macy Wilson would then put down a squeeze bunt scoring Finley from third. Wilson would then advance to second as Jillian Jones was hit by a pitch. Samantha Ortiz would continue her hot day as she would then single in Wilson from second base. A double by Leighton Withers would drive in two more and give the Tigers a 5-1 advantage after the first.

In the bottom of the second inning Natalie Jackson would blast a double to center field and advanced to third on a Tobi Finley groundout. Macy Wilson would drive home Jackson on a a single to right field to give the Tigers a 6-1 lead.

The lead is all Kelsey O'Brien would need as she would only allow three more hits in the game. The Tigers would use two big inning ending double plays to get out of East Central getting on base.

The Tigers will return to action with a double header starting at 10:00 AM at Sully Anderson Field.


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