WICHITA FALLS — Seventeenth-ranked TWU built a six-run lead after five innings but could not hold on and fell 8-7 in eight innings to No. 12 Angelo State on Friday at the Lone Star Conference Showcase.
TWU scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first before adding three in the fourth and three in fifth to take a 7-1 lead.
The Rambelles scored a pair of runs in the sixth before tying the score with a four-run seventh. ASU scored an unearned in the eight to capture the win.
TWU freshman Katy Stephens hit a three-run home run in the fourth, her third of the year. Junior Kendra Sancet hit her team-leading 10th home run to start the fifth. Freshman Alyssa Galaz hit her fourth homer in the fifth with one runner on base.
“We let one slip away,” TWU coach Genny Stidham said. “We built a nice lead after five innings but could not shut them down in the final two innings. Offensively, we hit the ball hard with three home runs.”
The Pioneers (18-7, 4-4 Lone Star) will face Texas A&M-Kingsville at 10 this morning in their final game of the Showcase, which was shortened because of poor field conditions.
TWU 4, Cameron 3
WICHITA FALLS — Alyssa Galaz scored the winning run while Katy Stephens picked up the RBI in the eighth inning against Cameron on Thursday night.
The Pioneers climbed to within 2-1 on an RBI single by Katie Hines in the bottom of the fourth. TWU went ahead with Amanda Ruiz’s two-run single to left in the fifth. The Aggies tied the game at 3 in the sixth.
After a scoreless seventh, Galaz doubled down the left-field line with two outs. Stephens followed with a single to left to end the game.
Senior Brandie Lander tossed all eight innings and improved to 14-2 with her 12th complete game of the season.
UNT off to slow start
STATESBORO, Ga. — A slow start Friday hampered North Texas in a Schenkel Invitational field that features six top-50 teams and four ranked in the top 15.
The Mean Green shot a 21-over-par 309 in the opening round and sat in 15th place.
Jason Roets, who has posted three straight top-10 finishes, had the lowest score after 18 holes for UNT. Roets was tied for 57th after a 4-over 76. The highlight of the day for Roets was an eagle on the par-5 seventh hole.
One stroke behind Roets at 77 was UNT freshman Cory Churchman, who was tied for 68th. Julien Marot, Andrew Hudson and Juan Munoz each shot 78 and were tied for 73rd.
No. 14 UAB was at 3 under and held a one-stroke lead over Georgia Southern.
UNT moves up match
Weather permitting, North Texas will take on Liberty at 9 this morning at the Waranch Tennis Complex, which is two hours earlier than originally scheduled.
If necessary, the match will move to 4 p.m. at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving.