CLERMONT, Fla. — The Lady Owls won one of three contests in wrapping up play at THE Spring Games on Thursday.
William Woods University (5-10) opened with a 2-0 victory over Grace (Indiana). The Lady Owls then bowed to Bellevue (Nebraska) 8-1 and to Cornerstone (Michigan) 9-2.
William Woods junior starter Brittany Roady (3-3) tossed a three-hitter, struck out six and walked only one in shutting out Grace.
Junior designated player Madison Ausfahl — a North Callaway graduate — finished 1-for-3 and drove in both of the Lady Owls' runs as they made the most of six hits. Junior left fielder Anna Counts went 2-for-4 and scored a run.
William Woods was plagued by four errors and managed only three hits in the loss to Bellevue. The Lady Bruins broke a 1-all tie by erupting for three runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth.
Senior center fielder Emma Walker was 1-for-3 and doubled home Counts in the first for the Lady Owls' lone run. Counts also went 1-for-3 and sophomore catcher Bri Devellano finished 1-for-2.
Ausfahl (2-5) was pinned with the complete-game loss, surrendering eight runs — only one earned — on 14 hits. She struck out three and walked one.
William Woods quickly fell behind Cornerstone 3-0 in the top of the first, but got a run back in its half of the inning. The Lady Golden Eagles tacked on three runs in the second to go up 6-1, while the Lady Owls tallied their other run in the fifth.
Cornerstone clinched the win with three more runs in the seventh.
Counts — playing center field — finished 3-for-4 and scored a run as William Woods totalled eight hits. Senior second baseman Dacrie Depping — a Fulton graduate — was 2-for-4 with a run batted in, while Devellano went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Freshman starter Alexis Hassler went the distance in suffering the loss for the Lady Owls. Hassler (0-2) was roughed up in allowing nine runs — just five earned — on 13 hits, while striking out six and walking two.
William Woods plays its home opener with a doubleheader against Culver-Stockton College at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Backer Sports Complex.