Speed bolsters Lions in 6-2 win over Midwestern State -- LINK
COMMERCE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team picked up a 6-2 win over Midwestern State University on Saturday. The Lions pitching staff had eight strikeouts and their base runners stole seven bases in the win.
The win and series sweep brings the Lions to 15-8 on the season and 5-4 in the Lone Star Conference. The Mustangs drop to 12-16 on the season and 3-9 in conference action.
The Lions return to the road as they travel to face St. Edward's University in a doubleheader on Tuesday. The games begin at noon at Diane Daniels Field in Austin.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Kinsie Hebler pitched 6.1 innings and had a season-high seven strikeouts in the game. Opposing batters hit .217 against her.
- The Lions had 10 hits in the game, their seventh game of the season with at least 10.
- The Lions had seven stolen bases, their third game of the season with at least as many.
- Baylea Higgs had three stolen bases and scored two runs.
- Ciera Nunez went 3-of-4 at the plate with three singles. She scored twice and had two RBIs. She also stole two bases.
- Mariah Jameyson had two hits, including an RBI triple. She batted in three runs.
- Hebler, Chealsea Slider, Tyler Oppenheim and Precious Thompson also had hits. Vanessa Avina had an RBI.
- Selena Rima came in and got her fourth save of the season, recording the final two outs of the game without giving up a hit.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Hebler started on a tear, striking out the final two batters of the inning swinging. In the bottom of the inning, the Lions looked to rally. Nunez and Hebler got back-to-back singles to put two runners on with just one out. However, the next two batters could not keep the rally going and the game was scoreless after one inning.
Hebler continued to show heat as two more batters were brought down swinging in the top of the second. The Lions then broke the game open in the bottom half of the second, using their speed to advance runners. Oppenheim had a single and then stole second base to put a runner in scoring position with one out. After a single from Thompson advanced her to third, Oppenheim was driven home on a groundout from Avina. Thompson advanced to third base on the play.
Higgs was up next and was hit by a pitch. With runners on the corners, the Lions sent Higgs to steal and she took the bag without a throw. Nunez then came to the plate and scorched a hit at the shortstop and beat the throw, scoring Thompson. Nunez then stole second. With two runners in position to score, Jameyson hit a single to left center and both runners crossed the plate. The Lions led 4-0 after two innings.
Neither team could do much in the third inning. Slider had a single but that was all the Lions could do and the game remained at 4-0.
Hebler again recorded a pair of swinging strikeouts in the top of the fourth inning. The Lions then added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Higgs had a single and then stole both second and third base to get in scoring position. Nunez drove her home on an infield single. Nunez then stole second base and she was brought around on an RBI triple from Jameyson. December Rivers nearly had a home run in the next at bat but the wind forced it foul and she grounded out to end the inning. The Lions led 6-0.
Hebler had another strikeout in the fifth inning and defense ruled for the next two complete innings as neither team recorded a hit. The Mustangs looked for a seventh inning rally. After a groundout, the next two batters reached on singles and advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. After a walk loaded the bases, a single into center field scored two runners to cut into the lead. Rima was then brought in. She struck out the first batter she faced and then forced a groundout to end the game.
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