Even though Arkansas-Pine Bluff dropped its two season-opening games 11-0 and 17-0 to Central Arkansas Wednesday at Torii Hunter Softball Complex, the Lady Lions will not let those two losses define their season.

Even though Arkansas-Pine Bluff dropped its two season-opening games 11-0 and 17-0 to Central Arkansas Wednesday at Torii Hunter Softball Complex, the Lady Lions will not let those two losses define their season.

UAPB softball coach Chrystal Bowers said the team will preserver despite the two lopsided losses.

“I will look at it this way, you have to win some and you have to lose some,” she said. “We keep working and that’s all we can do for it. We can’t give up because giving up is for losers and I am not a loser and these ladies aren’t losers.

“They are winners and they are going to keep striving and I am going to keep striving for them.”

While the two games were UAPB’s (0-2) first of the year, Central Arkansas (8-5) was playing its 12th and 13th games of the year.

UCA coach David Kahn said his team was clicking on all cylinders in the two games.

“We had some really good pitching from our girls and swung the bats really well,” he said. “We got a couple of long balls and some timely hitting.”

UCA’s timely hitting started right away in the first game as six runners came across in the top of the first inning. UCA added a run in the third, three more in the fourth and another in the fifth for an 11-0 lead.

The Lady Lions were held to two hits in the game and drew just one walk as the game was called in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.

“There’s room for improvement and things we can work on,” Bowers said. “Now that I know some of the areas of weakness, that’s definitely the areas we are going to start targeting.

“They have the skills and they have the talent. There is just something that is missing and we are going to get to it.”

Allison Gutierrez and Valerie Higareda had UAPB’s two hits. Amanda Nordberg took the los as she went 3 1/3 innings and she gave up 10 runs on 11 hits, walked one and struck out three.

Pine Bluff native Kristen Johnson came on in relief for UCA in the first game and pitched two innings. She gave up one hit and one walk while striking out two batters.

Once again in the second game, UCA jumped out to an early lead, this time 2-0 in the first inning. UCA had a 6-0 lead going into the sixth inning before plating 11 runs.

UAPB mustered only two hits again in the second game and the game was called due to the mercy rule in the sixth innings.

“All we can do from this point is get better and get stronger as we keep playing our games,” Bowers said. “Keep on playing until we master our areas that are our downfalls.”

Nordberg and Tiressa Jacobs each had a hit for UAPB and Lacie Sutterfield went three innings and gave up five runs on four hits, walked two and struck out one.