Stephens College softball struggles in doubleheader

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | 10:35 p.m. CDT; updated 10:41 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 18, 2014

COLUMBIA — The Stephens College softball team lost a pair of games to No. 17 Park University on Tuesday. Park won Game 1 22-0 in five innings and took the second game 20-0 in five innings at Columbia's American Legion Park.

Park had 20 hits that included five doubles in the first game. Park pulled away with a nine-run third inning for a 12-0 lead. Allie Reynolds was the winning pitcher going four innings and allowing two hits with five strikeouts and five walks.

A pair of six-run innings in the second and third opened up the second game of the doubleheader for Park. Those two innings put Park ahead 13-0, and Park added seven runs in the fourth inning.

Kaily Purtle was the winning pitcher in Game 2. She threw five innings and allowed no hits and no walks with three strikeouts.

Park improved to 18-2 overall, 6-2 in the American Midwest Conference. Stephens moves to 2-11 overall, 0-6 in the AMC.

Stephens is scheduled to return to action Wednesday with a nonconference doubleheader against Central Methodist University at 5 p.m. in Cosmopolitan Park.

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