BELTON (April 20, 2013) -- The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor softball team swept Houston-Victoria Saturday in Belton, earning 6-2, 3-2 victories over the Jaguars. UMHB improves to 26-14 overall while Houston-Victoria falls to 23-19.
The Jaguars took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second before Kourtney Bevers hit an RBI double to tie the game and Tori Gomez recorded an RBI single, giving UMHB a 2-1 lead after three complete innings. Houston-Victoria responded in the top of the fifth with a homerun from Ashley Shannon tying the game at 2 before Caitlin Bollier and Kelsey Vann hit back-to-back RBI singles and Ariel Kemmerer blasted a two-run homer to give UMHB the 6-2 lead. Gomez led the Cru with two hits while Kemmerer led the Cru with two RBI. UMHB totaled eight hits while Houston-Victoria had five. Neither team recorded an error. Rebekah Ragsdale earned the win in the circle, allowing five hits and two runs. She also struck out five batters.
Houston-Victoria again took a 1-0 lead on the Cru, scoring a run off a homerun by Marley Moehrig in the top of the fourth. Bevers scored in the bottom of the fifth off an error by the Jaguars to tie the game at one. The Jaguars added one more run in the top of the seventh before Victoria Gomez hit a two-run walk-off homerun to secure the Cru’s 3-2 win. Bevers led UMHB with four hits while Gomez had a team-high two RBI. UMHB totaled six hits and three errors while the Jaguars had five hits and two errors. Alyssa Fincher earned the win in the circle for the Cru.
The Cru will return to action next Thursday, April 25th in the American Southwest Conference Tournament at Oran Good Park in Farmers Branch, Texas.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor baseball team walked off with a game one victory, but never recovered from an eight-run fourth inning in game two as the Cru split a doubleheader with LeTourneau University Saturday in Belton. UMHB won game one 3-2 before falling 16-5 in game two. The Cru moves to 20-19 on the season following the split. LeTourneau closes out the season with a 22-16 record.
The Cru took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning of game one. Chase Burrow scored on a throwing error. It would stay that way into the top of the sixth inning. LeTourneau tied the game on a run-scoring balk and took a 2-1 lead on a run-scoring wild pitch. Chris Florack singled home the tying run in the bottom of the sixth, but left the bases loaded. Heath Spencer led off the bottom of the seventh with a pinch-hit double and Burrow was intentionally walked. After a fielder’s choice left runners at first and second with one out, Zack Whiddon ripped a sinking liner to left center field. The ball skipped past diving center fielder Brent Sellers and Burrow raced home with the game-winning run to give UMHB the 3-2 win. Chance Ryan earned the win to move to 7-2 on the year. He struck out four and scattered four hits in a complete-game performance. Whiddon and Robert Loewe had two hits apiece to lead the Cru’s nine-hit attack. Jordan Price took the loss for LeTourneau and Jay Lutz had two of the Yellowjackets four hits.
UMHB never recovered from LeTourneau’s eight-run fourth-inning in a 16-5 game two loss. The Yellowjackets took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning before Loewe tied it with an RBI single in the bottom of that frame. LeTourneau stretched it to 3-1 in the top of the third before exploding for the eight runs in the fourth. The Yellowjackets used six hits, three walks and a wild pitch to put together the big inning. Loewe blasted a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth and Whiddon doubled home a run, Parker Edmonds added a run-scoring fielder’s choice and another run scored on an error as the Cru closed to within 11-5 in the bottom of the fifth. LeTourneau would add one in the sixth and four more in the seventh to end the game on the run rule. Ian Ekery took the loss to fall to 2-4 for UMHB. Loewe was 3-3 with two RBI for the Cru. Garrett Methvin and Brent Sellers had four hits apiece for LeTourneau and Josh Gimre earned the win to move to 2-3 on the season.
The doubleheader closes out the regular season for both teams. UMHB will now advance to the ASC Championship Tournament for the first time in three seasons. The Cru will be the #3 seed from the ASC West in that tournament and will play a first-round, best-of-three series at East Division #2 seed, Louisiana College, next Friday and Saturday.