BURKETT TOSSES PERFECT GAME FOR COTTON BLOSSOMS
Ashley Burkett, UAM Cotton Blossom pitcher is all smiles after her impressive game.Photo Courtesy of UAM Media Services.
By Stephen Fuller
Ashley Burkett tossed a six-inning perfect game and Lindsey Kight scattered three hits over seven innings as the University of Arkansas-Monticello softball squad completed the series sweep over Ouachita Baptist with 3-0 and 8-0 shut out victories in Gulf South Conference softball action, Friday afternoon at Blossoms Field.
Burkett was untouchable in game two, her first no-hitter of her collegiate career, in the 8-0 win. The sophomore hurler struck out five to claim UAM's sixth ever perfect game.
Laura Lockaby's first inning solo bomb off of OBU starter Sarah Sartor set the tone for the Blossoms' offense as Arkansas-Monticello tallied 10 hits in the game.
In the second inning, Jodie Scott singled up the middle plating both Rachael Blakeley and Lindsey Rios to push the Blossoms' advantage to 3-0.
UAM added to its lead in the fifth on a Blakely single to right field before exploding for four runs in the sixth to grab the 8-0 victory.
In the opener, the Blossoms struck for two runs in the first inning to jump out to a 2-0 lead after one. In the third, UAM added and insurance run to build its lead to 3-0; it was all the offense that senior ace Lindsey Kight would need.
Kight, 15-7 on the season, struck out nine and walked just one in seven innings of work. The senior ace allowed three hits, and just four over 14 innings of work in her two dominating wins against OBU in the series.
Scott went four for six from the plate, with two runs scored and two RBI on the day, while Lockaby and Doyle each recorded three hits in the wins. During the series, UAM out hit Ouachita Baptist 31-4 from the plate.
With the wins, UAM improved to 27-11 overall, 14-5 in the GSC as the Blossoms rolled to their 13th consecutive win at home. The Lady Tigers fell to 13-31, 2-17 on the season.
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