Coming into any situation as the low player on the totem pole can be a difficult task. It takes time to develop trust and comfort as the newest component of a well-oiled machine.
If the postseason has proven anything to the TWU softball team, it’s that the squad possesses a knack for handling pressure and adversity. It’s faced its share while rolling through the Lone Star Conference tournament and regional and super regional rounds to reach this week’s NCAA Division II championship tournament.
TWU’s outfield fence at Pioneer Field is getting a little crowded. On Saturday, the Pioneers found out they are going to need more room for at least one more banner when they neutralized St. Edward’s to three hits for the second straight game in a 3-0 victory on the back of junior pitcher Brandie Lander’s three-hitter. Coupled with its 4-1 win on Friday, TWU took the NCAA South Central Super Regional to advance to the NCAA Division II Women’s Softball Championship in Salem, Va., beginning Thursday.
In another balanced bouquet of pitching and hitting for TWU that saw senior pitcher Larisa Garcia hold St. Edward’s to just three hits, it was TWU’s demonstrative defense that fortified the Pioneers’ 4-1 victory in the first game of the NCAA South Central Super Regional at Pioneer Field on Friday night.
Time and time again, the TWU Pioneers have delivered the punctual hit to seize control of a game. Lizzy Kelly came up with a crucial two-run single in the third inning, but in the final game of the NCAA South Central Regional 1 tournament, it was Larisa Garcia’s complete-game, two-hit shutout that bolstered the Pioneers to a 2-0 victory over St. Mary’s on Sunday at Pioneer Field.
The TWU Pioneers put themselves in the final game of the NCAA South Central Regional 1 tournament with a stout pitching performance by Brandie Lander and a towering grand slam by Katie Hines to defeat Midwestern State 7-1 on Saturday at Pioneer Field.
After winning their first Lone Star Conference tournament championship, the TWU Pioneers recieved an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II tournament. On Monday, TWU was selected to co-host the South Central Region tournament this weekend at Pioneer Field as the top seed.
It’s not often teams are trying to suppress the great memories so quickly, but for the Lone Star Conference champion TWU Pioneers, last week’s emotional roller coaster is in the past and they aren’t ready to have their potential deep postseason run get off to a rough start.
As TWU prepares for this weekend’s Lone Star Conference softball tournament, coach Richie Bruister says his team is peaking at the right time.
With a multitude of school and individual records falling throughout a 43-win season, TWU has been hard-pressed to one-up each of its monumental moments, including several grand slams and walk-off home runs.
After the first game of a three-game series against West Texas A&M with the Lone Star Conference title on the line, TWU coach Richie Bruister said Friday’s tilt was starter Brandie Lander best performance of the season.
TWU junior Brandie Lander has been named Lone Star Conference pitcher of the week for April 16-22. She earned the honor for the first time in her career.
As the regular season winds down to a final — and crucial — series at home this weekend for TWU, the outcome against West Texas A&M won’t diminish the record-setting season the Pioneers have enjoyed.
SAN ANTONIO — TWU swept a doubleheader at Incarnate Word on Friday, winning 3-1 and 6-3 at Cardinals Field. The No. 10 Pioneers (39-11, 17-5 Lone Star) broke three single-season team records. TWU has scored 343 runs this season to break last year’s record of 338. The Pioneers’ 319 RBIs passed last season’s mark of 312. TWU hit six doubles Friday and has 91 on the season, breaking the record of 88 set by the 2002 team.
With the No. 15 Pioneers facing six games over a seven-day stretch that began Tuesday, they will need more of the quality that was on display when TWU won two of three from Angelo State last weekend.
SHREVEPORT, La. — TWU gymnasts dominated the USA Gymnastics individual event finals Sunday with a three-way tie for the national title on vault and a co-championship on balance beam. The Pioneers also earned second- and third-place finishes on floor exercise and a fifth-place finish on bars.
In a see-saw Lone Star Conference doubleheader at Pioneer Field on Saturday, both TWU and Angelo State showed plenty of resolve when matching each other’s scoring spurts.
It’s somewhat difficult to describe two schools as rivals when they are in different conferences, different states and 1,653 miles separate their campuses. Yet when it comes to gymnastics, TWU and the University of Bridgeport have become adversaries.
With TWU coming off its most disappointing series of the season, the Pioneers’ schedule heats up even more this weekend when they host No. 23 Angelo State for a crucial three-game set.
WICHITA FALLS — Seventh-ranked TWU fell to Midwestern State 4-3 in eight innings Friday.
TWU’s two qualifiers for the NCAA South Central regional, Courtney Cochefski and Kristin Edwards, are different in terms of age, event and experience when it comes to this weekend’s meet in Norman, Okla.
The past week has been something special for TWU’s Katie Hines. The junior outfielder/pitcher from Beaumont led the No. 9 Pioneers to a three-game sweep of Cameron on Friday and Saturday, going 7-for-14 at the plate with five home runs, six runs and 13 RBIs.
A simple philosophy paid explosive dividends last weekend for the TWU softball team, which followed coach Richie Bruister’s principles to a record-setting level. In his five years with the Pioneers, Bruister has instructed batters to “swing hard in case you hit it.” The humorous yet effective approach resulted in a huge weekend for the No. 9 Pioneers (30-7, 8-1 Lone Star) in a three-game conference sweep at Cameron.
LAWTON, Okla. — Ninth-ranked TWU hit three home runs and broke two records in a 10-2 win at Cameron on Saturday. Junior Bailey Vrazel stole three bases to break the Lone Star Conference career steals record, and Katie Hines hit two home runs to set a new TWU single-season record. Vrazel has compiled 184 steals in less than three seasons and passed Kim Nichols of Southeastern Oklahoma State, who stole 182.
With a threat of inclement weather this weekend in Lawton, Okla., No. 9 TWU’s three-game series at Cameron has been rearranged. The teams now will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Friday and a single game at noon Saturday.
TWU is in a crowd near the top of the Midwest Independent Conference gymnastics rankings, so the competition should be fierce this weekend at the league’s championship meet.