Lady Ewes take two from SAGU
Teams play again Tuesday PM
Lawrence, Davis make big plays in setback
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Three great catches by centerfielder Albreshia Lawrence wasn’t enough to prevent Southwestern Assemblies of God University from dropping a pair of women’s softball games to Texas Wesleyan University on Monday evening at Sycamore Park.
Lawrence, a hometown freshman who graduated from Waxahachie High School, turned in a pair of second-game, shoestring grabs while roaming the expanses of midfield for the Lady Lions.
The speed merchant also made a splendid, running snare in the first game of the doubleheader on Fort Worth’s southeast side.
The Wesleyan Women (10-16) broke an eight-game losing skid by taking both ends of the twinbill, 8-0 and 10-0, improving their mark in the Red River Athletic Conference to 8-3. They are now within one-half game of leading the league.
SAGU (1-13) is 0-11 in the RRAC after the three forfeit wins over Texas College (0-17, 0-9 in RRAC) were determined to be postponed contests. No make-up dates have been announced.
While Southwestern has been shutout only four times in this, their inaugural season, they have been blanked in three straight outings.
Wesleyan and the Lady Lions will play again in Ft. Worth at 7:00pm on Tuesday. Fans can follow the play-by-play on LiveStats by clicking on the following link: http://www.sidearmstats.com/texaswesleyan/softball/scoreboard.aspx
Game One Recap
Alexis Beltran (5-4), a sophomore righthander, no-hit the Lions in the first game. Of the 15 putouts, only a first inning line-drive to third base off the bat of Lonnie Jimenez (Crystal City, Tx / Crystal City HS) came close to leaving the infield.
Beltran struck-out six and got eight groundouts in a five inning game halted by the eight-run rule.
She had a perfect game going until the fifth when Kayla Westbrook (Milano, Tx / Milano HS) was hit by a Beltran pitch. Westbrook was the lone baserunner for SAGU.
The Ewes racked up nine hits in scoring in three of their four times at bat.
Freshman Lauren Johnson (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS) hurled a complete game for the Purple Pride. She surrendered seven earned runs. Of the twelve batters she retired, seven came on groundouts with five others flying out.
Game Two Review
Shannen Davis (Kremlin, Ok / Kremlin-Hillsdale HS) ripped a stand-up double down the rightfield line with two outs in the second inning. It was Southwestern’s only hit against senior pitcher Taylor Hodge (2-4). Taylor walked one and registered seven strike-outs.
SAGU had two other baserunners. Catcher Kyla Burke (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS), a freshman co-captain, reached first when Lindsay Cline mishandled her bunt to third in the first frame.
Hodge recovered by sitting down the next two batters who watched a called third strike.
Kelsea Svochak (Ft Worth, Tx / Bethesda HS) drew a leadoff walk to start the fourth. Pinchrunner Brenda Moody (Alvarado, Tx / Alvarado HS) was called out for interference on a grounder to second by Chelsey Doyle (Seattle, Wash / Shorecrest HS).
The rally ended when Hodge fanned the next two Lions.
‘Bree’ Lawrence came close to a base hit when she smashed a liner to the first baseman in the fifth.
The veteran Rams, with nine juniors and seniors, strung together 10 hits and five walks off two SAGU pitchers; Davis and Tabitha Ray (Brazoria, Tx / Homeschool), who each tossed two innings. Davis struck out two, while Ray whiffed one.
Home Debut on Thursday
Southwestern will play five home games this week after 14 road games to begin the season. The Lady Lions will host Langston University (10-9, 7-9 in RRAC) on Thursday in a doubleheader that will start at 3:00pm at their new, on-campus ball field.
SAGU will then entertain Huston-Tillotson University (4-18, 2-6 in RRAC) on Friday at 4:00pm before tangling with them twice on Saturday at noon.
Standout centerfielder Cassandra Mata (Crystal City, TX / Crystal City HS), a junior co-captain, suffered an injury to her arm during a diving catch in practice last Thursday. Details are unknown though she may miss the remainder of the season.