If TWU softball coach Genny Stidham had to pick one outstanding trait about her 2016 Pioneers, it probably would have to be the players’ gutsy resolve for playing to the final out regardless of the score.
SAN ANTONIO — TWU used a seven-run fourth inning to defeat Lubbock Christian 12-4 in five innings Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional. The win snapped a six-game losing streak in the NCAA tournament for the Pioneers.
In her two years at North Central Texas College, Laura Mabary thought of herself as a slap hitter, known for speed and directional hitting. In her two seasons at TWU, she has been asked to make a few changes to her game.
When Genny Stidham woke up Monday morning, the TWU softball coach knew her Pioneers were headed to the NCAA South Central Regional this week but wasn’t sure where her team would be playing. By mid-morning she knew — and was pleased. The Pioneers won’t be headed west, with the Panhandle and West Texas A&M on their playoff GPS.
As the TWU Pioneers enter the Lone Star Conference tournament today, they do so knowing that regardless of the outcome they still have more softball to play at the NCAA South Central Regional next week.
As the TWU Pioneers get set for their last series of the season against Lone Star Conference rival and top-ranked West Texas A&M, starting with today’s doubleheader at Pioneer Field, they remember how emotionally and physically taxing last season’s final series was.
TWU’s softball team rolls into the regular season’s final weekend with the challenge of hosting the team that’s already clinched first place in the Lone Star Conference while attempting to lock down second place.
By the time TWU’s gymnasts step onto the floor Friday for the opening day of the 2016 USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships, it will have been nearly three weeks since the Pioneers last competed in a meet.
AUSTIN — Texas senior Morolake Akinosun won the women’s 100 meters at the Texas Relays on Saturday to become the first woman to win the event three years in a row.
After picking up two wins Friday in a four-game series against Lone Star Conference rival Texas A&M-Commerce, TWU was looking for a sweep after Saturday’s 9-1 win, but the Lions’ speed and leadoff hitting caught up to the Pioneers.
SAN ANGELO — TWU junior pitcher Hailey Dixon won both games of the doubleheader and helped the Pioneers to a 3-1 series win at No. 21 Angelo State. TWU won the first game 5-4 in eight innings before taking the second 10-7 for the sweep. The Pioneers are now 20-10 on the season and 9-3 in the Lone Star Conference.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — The TWU gymnastics team posted a 193.325 and finished third at the 2016 Midwest Independent Conference Championships on Saturday evening at Houck Field House in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
The TWU gymnastic team enters its second part of the season this weekend at the Midwest Independent Conference Championships and a challenge awaits the Pioneers who will be pursuing their first conference championship.
After letting Midwestern creep back in the late stages of the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader to steal away a win from TWU, the Pioneers want to make sure they capitalized on their opportunities.
Through 11 innings of TWU’s Lone Star Conference doubleheader against Midwestern State, TWU had done a good job of limiting the Mustangs’ potent offense.
TWU gymnastics coach Lisa Bowerman frequently reminds her team that the Pioneers are going to have to fight some battles more than once throughout a season. So as the Pioneers entered Saturday’s four-way home meet against LSU, New Hampshire and Oregon State, Bowerman wanted her team to build on the consistency that it had accrued over the last couple of weeks.
The TWU Pioneers have eagerly waited for the NCAA South Central Regional rankings to be released before, having been on the bubble to qualify two seasons ago, but they were squeezed out in the final rankings due to another conference’s automatic bid.
TWU basketball coach Beth Jillson wasted no time late Sunday evening to begin preparing for the school’s second appearance in the NCAA’s Division II postseason.
For the first time in TWU basketball history the Pioneers received an at-large bid to the NCAA South Central Region Tournament. It’s the second trip to the big dance for TWU after advancing to the 2011 tournament when they won the LSC Championship and received an automatic bid.
STEPHENVILLE — TWU opened its Lone Star Conference schedule with a doubleheader split at No. 25 Tarleton State on Friday. The Pioneers captured a 7-1 win in the first game before falling 12-3 in five innings.
After surrendering an average of 76 points in two losses to Cameron while holding all opponents to an average of just over 61 per game, TWU knew several aspects of its game had to change in order to avoid a third loss to the Aggies and an exit in the opening round of the Lone Star Conference tournament.
If the third-seeded TWU Pioneers are going to shake the memories of last week’s 77-70 loss to Cameron and beat the sixth-seeded Aggies for the first time this season to start their Lone Star Conference tournament run, it will have to be with cohesive defense.
Nobody has seen TWU play in Denton because the Pioneers have been on a grueling monthlong journey to open the softball season with three consecutive road tournaments, but that’s about to change.
When TWU coach Beth Jillson and junior guard Kenesha Saygo worked together on Saygo’s 3-point shooting in warmups prior to the crucial Lone Star Conference matchup between Angelo State and TWU on Sunday, Jillson saw signs of the performance Saygo was about to put on.