TWU roundup: Pioneers sweep Javelinas in conference twin bill

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KINGSVILLE — No. 12 TWU opened Lone Star Conference play Friday with a doubleheader sweep of Texas A&M-Kingsville, winning 4-2 and 14-3.

In the first game, the Javelinas scored in the second on a two-out double to take a 2-0 lead. TWU cut the deficit in half in the third with an unearned run. The Pioneers tied the game in the sixth when Bailey Vrazel led off with a double and scored on Amanda Ruiz’s single.

Kendra Sancet put TWU on top in the seventh with leadoff home run, and Haley Colwell drove in an insurance run with a single to left field.

Larisa Garcia came on in relief and pitched five innings for her fifth win. She struck out eight while allowing two hits and one walk.

In the nightcap, the Pioneers exploded for 14 runs on 17 hits. TWU scored two runs in the second and four in the third to take a 6-0 lead. The Pioneers added a run in the fifth, three in the sixth and four in the seventh.

A&M-Kingsville scored twice in the third and once in the fourth.

Vrazel went 4-for-4 while Jordan Readicker went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs. Ashley Maddox also drove in three runs, while Sancet, Colwell and Sarah Wittenburg drove in two apiece.

Brandie Lander started in the circle and tossed four innings for her eighth win. Katie Hines pitched three innings for the save.

“Bats came alive in the second game,” TWU coach Richie Bruister said. “Brandie didn’t have her best stuff but got through four innings for the win, and Katie was lights out in the final three innings.”

The Pioneers (20-5) wrap up the series with a single game at 1 p.m. today.

 

Gymnastics

TWU falls on road

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Southeast Missouri State beat TWU on Friday with a team score of 194.225. The Pioneers posted a 193.875.

The Pioneers opened the meet on bars and scored a 48.375. Courtney Cochefski led the team with a 9.750, while Bethany Larimer and Kristin Edwards each scored 9.700.

“We had good routines on bars and had a slight lead after the first rotation,” TWU coach Lisa Bowerman said.

On vault, the Pioneers scored a 48.625. Larimer and Edwards led the team at 9.825, Amy Winczura scored 9.750 and Margaret Mayfield 9.700.

“Kristin had a really nice vault and nice stuck landing,” Bowerman said. “We were happy to see that.”

TWU scored a 48.750 on floor exercise. Edwards and Spencer Jones each scored a team-best 9.850. Winczura and Stephanie Repp scored 9.750.

“We didn’t have any falls and had some nice routines on floor,” Bowerman said. “Our landings were little off and weren’t as clean as they have been.”

On balance beam, the Pioneers counted a fall and scored a 48.125. Jones led the team with a 9.825, while Mayfield and Ciara Maradiaga each scored 9.725.

“We had the lead going into the final rotation, but the fall hurt us,” Bowerman said. “Overall I am happy and everything is coming together at the right time.”

At 2 p.m. Sunday, the Pioneers will visit Lindenwood for their final regular-season meet.


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