An hour-long power outage swept across Stephenville around mid-afternoon Friday, affecting everything in the area except the Tarleton State offense.
The TexAnns outslugged Eastern New Mexico 18-2 over 11 innings to sweep Friday's doubleheader and give Tarleton head coach Julie Mata her 500th all-time victory at the helm of the TexAnn Softball program.
Tarleton 10, Eastern New Mexico 2 (6)
In the first game, Kelsey Latta blasted a walk-off three-run homer to deep left center to put the TexAnns at the eight-run rule and end the game after just 5.2 innings in a 10-2 Tarleton win.
Tarleton got the scoring under way in the bottom of the first when Amber Clifford scored on a wild pitch and tacked on another in the bottom of the third with a sacrifice fly to center from Katelyn Conlee to bring home Mikayla Stogsdill for a 2-0 lead after three.
Eastern New Mexico answered right back in the fourth and fifth innings with solo runs in each frame to knot the score at 2-2.
In the fifth inning, Tarleton pulled away when Taylor Wells and Conlee went for back-to-back doubles to lead off the frame and bring home a run. The TexAnns added three more on RBI singles from Kendra Mendoza and Stogsdill and an RBI fielder's choice from Melody Mayse.
In the top of the sixth, the power went out for everyone but the TexAnn offense as Tarleton powered home four more runs to end the game early.
With runners on second and third and one out, Mendoza singled home Clifford from third for a 7-2 lead before Latta ended the game with her three-run bomb just under the Tarleton scoreboard in left center to plate Wells, Mendoza and herself.
Randi Fentress earned the win for Tarleton, throwing all six innings allowing two runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout.
As a team, Tarleton muscled up 13 hits including a perfect 4-4 game from Wells. Clifford, Stogsdill and Mendoza each had two hits while Mayse and Latta had just one hit apiece to round out the Tarleton offensive attack.
Tarleton 8, Eastern New Mexico 0 (5)
In the nightcap, Brenna Hennan tossed a complete game shutout en route to handing Mata career win 500 with an 8-0 blanking of Eastern New Mexico.
Hennan was also the winning pitcher last season and was the winning pitcher when Tarleton won its 500th game as an NCAA program – defeating Incarnate Word 9-4 on April 26, 2013.
The TexAnns kept the good times rolling by jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead on a 2-RBI double by Conlee to bring home Mayse and Wells with two outs.
After Hennan danced out of danger in the second with bases loaded and one out, Tarleton added another run in the second on an RBI single from Stogsdill. An inning later, Mendoza broke out the big bat with her team-leading fifth home run of the season – a two-run shot to put Tarleton up 5-0.
Tarleton tacked on two more in the fourth with an RBI single from Clifford and an RBI double from Mendoza before Clifford sent everyone home happy in the fifth with a sacrifice fly to deep center to plate Latta for the game-winner.
Hennan pitched five shutout innings, allowing just four hits and a walk with four strikeouts for her sixth win of the season.
The Tarleton offense had nine hits, including two apiece from Mayse, Conlee and Mendoza and one each from Stogsdill, Clifford and Lauren Grisham.