Bentonville, Ark. – The top seeded Savage Storm had been held scoreless through six innings by Southwestern.  But the No. 3 team in the country came back in dramatic fashion in the final inning to escape a first round loss in the Great American Conference tournament.OSB-GACLineLogo

Southeastern used a walk-off double steal – yes, a walk-off double steal – to complete a rally in the bottom of the seventh and won 3-2 over Southwestern.

SOSU (41-7) moves on to face the winner of Arkansas Monticello and Southern Arkansas at approximately 8 p.m. tonight. SWOSU (16-35) will meet the loser of that game at 8 p.m. on another field.

It was an auspicious start for Southeastern from the first SWOSU batter.  The Lady Dawgs took advantage of it.

Southwestern put its first three batters on base via fielding error, fielder’s choice and hit by pitch.  Kendal Smith then singled to left, bringing home Summer Black.

In the sixth, Smith got on with a double.  After Caitlyn Deas came in to run for her, a Megan Watson double brought her in, putting SWOSU up by two.

Southeastern scattered six hits through the first six innings, but the Lady Dawgs wouldn’t allow a score, though the Storm got close at times.  SOSU’s Jessica Simmons was caught stealing home in the fifth to end the inning.

But in the seventh, Southeastern finally broke through.  The Storm loaded the bases and Lacey Cook’s sacrifice fly sent home Darrian Williams.  Courtney Riddle’s single then sent in Paige Priest, and Simmons went to third.

Then with two outs, Southeastern went for the double steal and succeeded.  Pinch runner Rachel Jones stole second and Simmons, who had been put out just two innings earlier, made it safely home.  Southeastern walked off with the 3-2 win.

Mindy McElroy got the win for the Storm.

Joey McWilliams lives in Durant. He founded and provides the bulk of the content for OklahomaSports.Net. He is a long-time sports journalist, having covered sports via radio, newspaper, television and the Internet since 2000. Joey was the color analyst for the Southeastern Savage Storm football and basketball teams from 2001-2011 and again for football in 2015. He also does play-by-play for Southeastern volleyball, basketball, softball and baseball on radio and streaming Internet video for Mix 96.1 in Durant. He can also be seen on the GAC Sports Network and as the play-by-play announcer on the Showcase Game of the Week high school football broadcast on KSBI in OKC. Joey is an alum of both Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma State University. He completed his second bachelor's degree in 2012, a journalism/broadcasting degree at OSU in sports media. He earned first place in the television sports play-by-play category in the 2012 OAB/OBEA competition. Joey also broadcasts regularly on the NFHS Network and was on ESPN3 for the 2015 Live United Texarkana Bowl and on the call of the 2016 Great American Conference basketball tournaments. Additionally, he is a recurring guest on the Spano and Black Attack on the Sports Byline USA Network. He also coached high school girls' and boys' basketball for seven years and high school football for one season at Victory Life Academy.