Softball 'Cats split two with U-of-D
Wyatt, Huff star in doubleheader
SAGU, now 6-5, plays at Texas College next
IRVING, Texas -- The young and the restless continue to exceed expectations on the softball field.
Head Coach Tim Grant and his second year Lady Lions split a doubleheader against the University of Dallas (NCAA D3) on Tuesday night to improve their record to 6-5. After posting a 2-28 mark in their inaugural campaign, the results are most encouraging.
They almost took both ends of the twinbill under the lights.
The Crusaders won the opener, 7-6, holding off a late SAGU rally. In the nightcap, the Purple Pride rolled to a 9-4 victory.
In the first game the hosts jumped to a 6-2 lead, chasing starter Shannen Davis-Nance (Enid, OK / Kremlin-Hillsdale HS). Ashley Abair (Kennedale, TX / Kennedale HS) came in and allowed a lone run over the next four innings, giving the Lady Lions time to rebound.
Trailing 7-4 entering the top of the seventh, SAGU got a walk from Kasey Poovey (Nevada, TX / Community HS) and a single by Nance with one out. Heather Wyatt (Lake Jackson, TX / Brazoswood HS) tripled to right, driving in both baserunners, but was gunned down on a 9-4-2 (rightfield to second baseman to catcher) relay to the plate.
Cassandra Mata (Crystal City, Tx / Crystal City HS) walked, before a ground out to second base ended the game.
Wyatt had a 4-for-4 game, driving in three runs. Poovey and Nance each turned in two hits as SAGU equaled Dallas with 10-hits.
In the second contest SAGU broke a 1-1 score with four in the top of the third and never looked back.
Kelsey Coburn (Lewisville, TX / Lewisville HS) doubled in the first run with a gapper to leftcenter, and, a walk later, Poovey ripped a two-bagger to drive in another run. Wyatt capped the four-spot with a two-run single to right.
Blayr Huff (Keller, Tx / Liberty Christian), who yielded one earned run through five innings to get the victory, supported her own cause when she tripled in a pair of runs in the fourth.
The Lady Lions tacked on insurance runs in the sixth. Mata and McKinlee Stokes (Pampa, TX / Pampa HS) were on base when Feliciana Maldonado (Victorville, Cal / Victor Valley) bunted them into scoring position. Pinch hitter Theresa Ballard (Austin, Tx / Home School) singled up the middle to drive in both for a 9-2 advantage.
The host Crusaders added two in the bottom of the seventh on two walks, a double and an error.
SAGU had 12-hits, with all 10 players in the line-up collecting at least one. Stokes, the freshman shortstop, and Huff, also a freshman, each had two hits. Huff had three RBI’s, while Wyatt and Ballard had two apiece.
Seeking Road Kill in Tyler
The Lady Lions are now 6-2 on the road, where they will remain this weekend. They'll play a three-game series in Tyler when they take on Texas College at 6:00pm Friday night, followed by two games on Saturday, the first starting at noon.
Last spring the Lady Steers won the series against SAGU, 2-1, in Waxahachie.
SAGU will return home for three games against Northwood University on March 7-8.