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WT Softball Completes Sweep of A&M Kingsville
#1 Lady Buffs Complete LSC Weekend Sweep of Texas A&M-Kingsville, 10-2
KINGSVILLE, Texas – The #1 Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M used four homeruns and a near-cycle by junior outfielder Renee Erwin to run their win streak to nine games on Saturday afternoon as they completed a Lone Star Conference weekend sweep of Texas A&M-Kingsville with a 10-2 victory via the five inning run-rule at Hubert Field in Kingsville, Texas. The Lady Buffs move to 36-4 (15-4 LSC) while the Javelinas fall to 9-33 (2-18 LSC) on the season.
“Great way to end the weekend, proud of how we came out today and competed in all three phases of the game” said WT head coach Kevin Blaskowski “How we get a chance to play 12 of our next 14 games at home including a big doubleheader against LCU on Tuesday. We’ve put ourselves in a position to control our own destiny over the next few weeks and that’s all you can ask for at this point in the season.”
The Lady Buffs started off the scoring in the top of the first inning as Alyssa Lemos ledoff the game with a walk followed by a strikeout before Renee Erwin registered her team leading 12th homerun of the season as she sent a 2-1 pitch to straight away center field for the early 2-0.
The Javelinas threatened in the home half of the first inning as their first two batters reached base via a WT error and a single thru the left side, Tori Bayer forced a popup to second base followed by a walk to load the bases before a strikeout and popup ended the threat with WT taking the 2-0 lead into the second inning.
WT added to their lead in the top of the second inning as they loaded the bases with two outs before Erwin continued her hot streak at the plate with a three run triple to the right center field gap to stretch the Lady Buff lead to 5-0. WT used the long ball once again in the top of the third inning as Kaisha Dacosin ledoff the frame with a solo shot to left center to knock TAMUK starter Carlie Clark out of the game, Allie Cranfill singled up the middle to welcome Lauren Denney into the game followed by three straight outs to end the inning with WT leading 6-0.
Kingsville threatened again in the bottom of the third inning as Bailey Offill ledoff the frame with a double to the left center field gap to knock Bayer out of the game as Rita Hokianga entered following her no-hit performance in the opener, the junior lefty forced a groundout to third followed by a flyout to center for the first two outs of the frame before a strikeout ended the inning with WT leading 6-0.
The Lady Buffs continued their offensive explosion in the top of the fourth inning as Erwin doubled to the right center field gap with two outs followed by a Jessica Sipe two run blast over the left center field fence, WT wasn’t done yet as Dacosin registered a two out single followed by an Allie Cranfill two run homerun to left to stretch the Lady Buff lead to 10-0 after four and a half innings of play.
Hokianga would roll thru the bottom of the Kingsville order in the home half of the fourth inning with a groundout and a pair of strikeouts to send the teams into the fifth inning, the top of the fifth inning saw WT use the opportunity to make some substitutions as Brittany McKissick registered a walk followed by a Lemos double to bring Erwin to the plate with two outs as she sat just a single away from the cycle, the junior outfielder laced a ball to first but Adela Gomez made the play to end the inning with WT leading 10-0.
Hokianga registered two quick outs to start the bottom of the fifth followed by a single to left and a Jaeleen Castro double to left field to drive in Bailey Offill for Kingsville’s first run of the afternoon, the Javelins singled again thru the left side to put runners on the corners with two outs followed by a wild pitch that plated another TAMUK run but the runner on first was tagged out trying to advance to end the game, 10-2. The junior left hander moved to 17-2 on the season, giving up two runs on three hits with no walks and four strikeouts in her 3.0 innings of relief while Bayer gave up no runs on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts in the no-decision.
The Lady Buffs return to the friendly confines of Schaeffer Park on Tuesday afternoon as they host the Lady Chaps of Lubbock Christian for a non-conference midweek doubleheader with first pitch set for 3 p.m. in Canyon. WT is scheduled to play 12 of their final 14 games at home to end the regular season, the Lady Buffs are currently a perfect 17-0 at Schaeffer Park this season.