WICHITA FALLS — TWU hammered out five home runs Saturday in a 13-4 run-rule win over Texas A&M-Kingsville at the Lone Star Conference Showcase.
TWU (19-7, 5-4 Lone Star) jumped out a 6-0 lead in the top of the first, sending 11 batters to the plate. The Pioneers added three runs in the second, two in the fourth and one in each of the third and fifth innings.
A&M-Kingsville scored its four runs in the bottom of the third.
TWU’s Kendra Sancet, Alyssa Galaz and Katy Stephens hit home runs for the second straight day. Sancet and Galaz each homered twice.
Sancet finished the game 2-for-2 with two runs and four RBIs, Galaz was 2-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs and Stephens went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Tealey Farquhar drove in two runs and had two doubles.
Senior Katie Hines started in the circle and tossed three innings for her fifth win. Brandie Lander pitched two innings in relief.
“We bounced back in a big way after losing a tough game [Friday],” TWU coach Genny Stidham said. “Kendra, Alyssa and Katy are seeing the ball really well at the plate and hitting it hard. The entire lineup had a good game offensively. Katie had one bad inning; other than that, she pitched well. Brandie also tossed two solid innings.”
The Pioneers will host No. 1 West Texas A&M for a four-game series Friday and Saturday.
TWU finishes third at meet
TUCSON, Ariz. — TWU posted a season-high 48.950 on vault and finished with a 194.575 team score in a four-way meet at Arizona.
The Pioneers finished third behind No. 20 Arizona (196.425) and No. 25 BYU (196.025). Bridgeport scored a 193.675 to finish fourth.
The Pioneers opened the meet on uneven bars and scored a 48.625. Four gymnasts scored 9.700 or higher, led by senior Courtney Cochefski with a 9.800. Katie Simpson scored a 9.750 while Bethany Larimer and Spencer Jones each had 9.700.
In the second rotation, TWU posted a 48.200 on balance beam. Senior Brittainy Johnson led the Pioneers with a 9.800, while Jones scored a 9.775. Stephanie Repp finished with a 9.725.
All six Pioneers scored 9.700 or higher on floor exercise for a 48.800 team score. Jones led the team with a 9.825, while Brittany Montalbano scored 9.800 and Margaret Mayfield finished with a 9.775. Repp, Amy Winczura and Madison Kremer all scored 9.700.
The Pioneers saved best for last, with three gymnasts scoring 9.800 or higher on vault. Larimer led the team with a 9.875, Winczura scored 9.825 and Montalbano 9.800. Johnson posted a 9.775.
“We had lot of great performances tonight that I am extremely proud of,” TWU coach Lisa Bowerman said. “Vault in particular has continued to improve throughout the entire season, and it was great for them to continue to do just that here again tonight. It was disappointing to have the mistakes we had on beam tonight, but I know they will learn from it and bounce back next week.”
The Pioneers will travel to Normal, Ill., to compete in the Midwest Independent Confererence meet at 4 p.m. Saturday at Illinois State.
UNT 5, Liberty 1
North Texas secured a 5-1 victory against the Liberty Flames Saturday morning at the Waranch Tennis Complex.
“I was really pleased with the way we played,” UNT coach Sujay Lama said. “We stayed really positive knowing that Liberty was going to fight hard, and it was definitely a nice win for us.”
The Mean Green sealed the victory in singles play. Agustina Valenzuela started the winning streak at her No. 4 position, defeating Liberty’s Cameron Richard 6-0, 6-0.
Junior captain Kseniya Bardabush earned the next point for North Texas. She defeated her opponent at the No. 1 spot 6-3, 6-2 and picked up her third win of the season.
Anastasiya Shestakova secured the Mean Green victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Liberty’s No. 2 player, Maria Khval. Shestakova has a 7-5 singles record for the season.
The Mean Green finished out singles play with Alexis Thoma’s win over Mairely Hassey in a 6-3, 6-7 (2), 10-7 battle.
The Lady Flames’ only match point was from Nicola Wellman. She fought for her win at the No. 6 spot against the Mean Green’s Danè Joubert.
“This gives us a little momentum going into [today’s] match against New Mexico,” Lama said. “We just need to get ready now and be ready to compete.”
North Texas hosts No. 69 New Mexico at 11 this morning.
UNT remains in 15th
STATESBORO, Ga. — Juan Munoz and Jason Roets rebounded in the second round of the Schenkel Invitational, but North Texas remained in 15th place after two days of play.
Munoz shot a 1-under 71 and Roets a 1-over 73, landing both players in a tie for 50th place at 5-over 149.
The Mean Green cut 13 strokes off its score from the opening round to post a 296 on Saturday.
Georgia Southern vaulted into the lead after shooting 12 under and led No. 14 UAB by four strokes heading into the final round.
Munoz carded three birdies in the final five holes. Freshmen Andrew Hudson and Cory Churchman fired second rounds of 76. Hudson ended with two straight birdies. Julien Marot shot a 78.