CANYON, Texas – The #1 Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M plated two runs in the home half of the first inning and another in the fourth but a costly error along with timely hitting by #10 Angelo State launched the Belles to their sixth Lone Star Conference Tournament Championship in a 5-3 nail biter at Schaeffer Park in Canyon, Texas in front of over 500 fans on Saturday afternoon. The loss snaps WT’s 24 game win streak while also giving the Lady Buffs their first home defeat of the season as they move to 51-5 while the Belles improve to 39-14 on the season.
The Lady Buffs started off the scoring in the home half of the first inning as Tyler Wilkinson doubled to left center with one out followed by a Renee Erwin RBI single, Erwin advanced to third on a passed ball followed by a Jessica Sipe sacrifice fly to give WT the early 2-0 lead. The Belles responded in the top of the third inning as Darian Dunn singled to center field to drive in Micherie Koria followed by a Rachel Moore RBI single to center to plate Dunn to tie the game at 2-2.
WT used the long ball to take their second lead of the game as Allie Cranfill launched a homerun to straightaway center field in the home half of the fourth inning with two outs to put the Lady Buffs on top, 3-2. The Belles would take the lead for good in the top of the fifth inning as they plated two runs on an errant WT throw with the bases loaded followed by a Tina Cisneros RBI single to left field to score Megan Granado for the 5-3 lead.
The Lady Buffs would threaten in the home half of the seventh inning as Mallory Wyatt and Brittany Gehle both singled, but the tournament’s MVP, Kenedy Urbany of Angelo State, forced a strikeout to end the game with ASU taking the LSC Tournament Championship, 5-3.
Hannah Newcomb picked up the loss in the circle (17-3) for the Lady Buffs, giving up five runs (two earned) on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts in the complete game defeat. Urbany moved to 19-3 on the season, giving up three runs on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in the complete game win.
The Lady Buffs now await their postseason fate as the NCAA Division II Selection Show will take place on Monday morning at 9 a.m. CT via an online webcast at NCAA.com. The Lady Buffs look to be the top overall seed in the South Central Region and host the SC Regional Tournament taking place next weekend at Schaeffer Park in Canyon. For more information, stay tuned to GoBuffsGo.com.