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Tarleton Sports Information
The Tarleton TexAnn softball team dropped two games at home Tuesday to St. Edward’s, 7-3 and 10-3.
The TexAnns, who led in game two 3-2 before the Hilltoppers took over the game in the top of the fifth.
"We are doing a lot of positive things," said Tarleton head coach Julie Mata. "Even if we are battling injuries we have to find a way to work through things and get things done."
The TexAnns (17-15) will return to action this weekend in Portales, N.M. when Tarleton will face Eastern New Mexico in a Lone Star Conference South Division three-game series. On Friday, March 20, the two teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. before a game on Saturday, March 21 at 1 p.m.
St. Edward’s 7, Tarleton 3
In the top of the first inning, St. Edward’s scored one run on one hit and an error to take the early lead before the visitors added four runs on five hits in the top of the third to take a 5-0 advantage.
In the top of the fourth frame, the Hilltoppers added two more runs on two hits to make it 7-0.
However, the TexAnns got their first hit and run in the bottom of the fourth. Tamra Bradley led off the frame with a single to left center before Brittnee Rice, who just missed a home run in the bottom of the second just outside the foul pole, popped out to second base. Bradley advanced to second on a passed ball and Elyse Tatum came in to run for the senior. Nicole Cone then homered over the left center fence just in front of the scoreboard to score two runs and cut the lead to five. Brittany Terry then homered to left for back-to-back home runs for Tarleton that cut the score to 7-3.
Paige Sandahl got the win for SEU, pitching 3.1 innings and allowing three runs on three hits, walking two and striking out seven. She had a no-hitter going before the TexAnns had the three run inning in the fourth. Diana Cezeaux recorded the save for the Hilltoppers after pitching 3.2 innings with two hits.
Lauren Zearfoss started the game and took the loss. She pitched 2.1 innings and allowed one run on one hit, but it was unearned. Julie Norris then pitched 0.2 innings and allowed four runs on five hits. Bradley pitched 2.0 innings and allowed two runs on two hits before Brandie Simmons threw the last two innings and allowed just one hit in two innings.
St. Edward’s 10, Tarleton 3
SEU got going first in the second game with a run on two hits in the top of the second, but the TexAnns tied the game in the bottom of the frame when Terry singled up the middle to score Tatum who had come into the game to run for Rice who doubled with one out. The score was tied at one run apiece.
The visitors added a run in the top of the third inning on two hits to take a 2-1 lead.
With one out in the bottom of the third, Canfield singled to short before Norris singled to left. Victoria Kelly then singled to center field to load the bases before Cone singled to center to score Canfield from third to tie the game at two runs apiece. SEU made a pitching change, and Lana Jo Hairston got back-to-back outs to end the inning.
The TexAnns then took the lead in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run by Terry that went just to the left of the scoreboard in left center. The run gave the TexAnns a 3-2 lead.
The Hilltoppers had two runners on when a Tarleton error with two outs put two runs on the board for the visitors to give SEU a 4-3 lead after four and a half innings.
The TexAnns put two runners on with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but a called strikeout and a ground out ended the Tarleton threat.
SEU scored one run on one hit and an error to add to its lead, 5-3. The Hilltoppers then added five more runs on four hits in the top of the final frame to increase their advantage to seven runs, 10-3.
Zearfoss got the loss for the TexAnns as she pitched the middle 3.0 innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out five and walking one. Norris started the game with two innings and allowed just three hits with one earned run while Simmons gave up six runs (five earned) on five hits with two walks.