Offense wins game one, defense wins game two for the Lions against MSU -- LINK
COMMERCE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team picked up two wins over Midwestern State University on Friday. The Lions cruised to a 7-1 victory in the first game and held on to a 2-1 win in the second game.
The wins bring the Lions to 14-8 on the season and 4-4 in the Lone Star Conference. The Mustangs drop to 12-15 on the season and 3-8 in conference action.
The Lions and Mustangs will meet for a third and final time on Saturday in game three of the series. The game will begin at 1 p.m. at the John Cain Family Softball Field.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Selena Rima made a mark in the circle in both games for the Lions. She pitched a two-inning save in the first game and did not give up a hit. She then started game two and held the Mustangs to just four hits and no earned runs in five innings. Batters hit just .154 against Rima.
- Kinsie Hebler got it done for the Lions at the plate and in the circle. She hit 4-of-7 on the day with two RBIs. She also saved game two with three strikeouts in a row and did not give up a hit in two complete innings.
- Katie Dean won the first game and pitched five innings and had a strikeout. In total, the Lion pitchers held batters to a .192 average.
- Precious Thompson went 2-of-4 on the day with her first career home run. She scored three runs and had a slugging percentage of 1.250.
- Baylea Higgs went 2-of-5 including a 3 RBI triple in the first game to allow the Lions to run away with the contest. She also stole two bases and scored twice.
- Chealsea Slider had a double and drove in two runs in the second game.
- Tyler Oppenheim scored two runs and Ciera Nunez came across the plate once. Mariah Jameyson had an RBI single. Oppenheim also stole a base.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game 1)
The Lions made quick work of the Mustangs in the top of the first and then took the lead right away in the bottom half of the inning. Higgs drew a walk and then stole second base. After advancing to third on a groundout, Higgs was brought to home plate on a single from Hebler into center field. The Lions took a quick 1-0 lead after one inning.
The Lions defense was on point throughout the day and showed it in the top of the second and third innings. The Lions did not allow a hit and were sure handed with the ball as six outs were made in quick order.
The Lions looked to have a rally going in the bottom of the third. Higgs got a single and then Ciera Nunez got a bunt hit. She was then caught in a run down and Higgs went to third on a single from Hebler but was thrown out at home plate trying to score. After three innings, the Lions still led 1-0.
MSU tied the game up in the top of the fourth inning. A leadoff double put a runner in scoring position. She was advanced to third on a short-hit single to left field and was then brought home on another short single to left. Dean got the Lions out of the inning, getting the next two batters out and the game was tied at one.
The subsequent at bats for both teams was fruitless and the game was still tied going into the bottom of the fifth inning. That is when the Lions took control of the first game. Thompson blasted a ball over the left field fence for a solo shot that gave the Lions back the lead. Higgs reached on a fielder's choice and then a single from Nunez put both runners on. Hebler then came to the plate and slammed a pitch into right field and Higgs was able to score. A wild throw allowed both runners to advance into scoring position. Jameyson was next and singled into center field to drive in Nunez. The Lions held a 4-1 lead after five innings.
After two singles led off the top of the sixth inning, the Lions went to Rima and she got the next three batters out in order to get the Lions out of the inning unscathed. Some insurance runs came across the plate for the Lions in the bottom of the inning. Dean singled to lead off the inning and then Oppenheim got a single that bounced off the pitcher's glove. Thompson then came to the plate to bunt and beat the throw to load the bases. The bases were then cleared by Higgs, who hit the ball over the head of the left fielder and raced around the bases for a triple that scored three runs. The Lions led 7-1 after six.
Rima made quick work of the Mustangs in the bottom of the inning, getting a groundout, a pop out and then striking out the final batter.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game 2)
Each team had base runners in both halves of the first two innings, including a single from Hebler in the bottom of the first but neither team could mount any offense early in the game.
The Mustangs took their only lead of the game in the top of the third inning. An error allowed the leadoff batter to reach and after stealing second, the runner came across plate after a single up the middle of the infield brought her home. MSU led 1-0 going into the bottom of the third. Higgs reached after being hit by a pitch and she stole second base in the bottom half of the inning but the Lions could not get her around and they continued to trail.
After a quick one-two-three top of the fourth inning, the Lions took the lead. Oppenheim reached first base and then stole second. Thompson then drew a walk and both runners were brought home on a double from Slider that went all the way to the fence in left center. The Lions led 2-1 after four innings.
After three-up and three down for both teams in the fifth inning, the Lions turned to Hebler out of the bull pen and she struck out the side in the top of the sixth, including two swinging strikeouts.
After the Lions couldn't get a rally going in the bottom of the inning, the defense came through. After a leadoff walk, the next batter attempted a bunt but the ball was popped up and a diving catch was made by Jameyson to record the first out. The runner on first was then caught stealing before a foul out to first ended the game.
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