Softball: Pioneers bounce back to earn split

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TWU split a doubleheader against Texas A&M-International in Laredo, losing the first game 4-0 before rebounding to win the second game 4-1.

The Game 1 loss snapped the 12th-ranked Pioneers’ 11-game winning streak. The 11 consecutive wins tied the school record set during the 2002 season.

In the first game, TWU (22-6) was held to two hits. After four scoreless innings, the Dustdevils scored all of their runs in the bottom of the fifth.

In Game 2, senior pitcher Larisa Garcia continued to pitch well, tossing a complete game to improve to 7-1 for the season. In the five games on this road trip, Garcia has allowed only one unearned run in 17 innings while posting a 3-0 record with 18 strikeouts.

The offense in the Game 2 win was led by senior Lizzy Kelly’s two RBIs, while junior Amanda Ruiz went 3 for 3 with a run and a RBI. Junior Bailey Vrazel also had three hits and recorded two steals.

“They just beat us in the first game with good pitching, but I am proud of the team for bouncing back in the second,” TWU head coach Richie Bruister said. “It’s tough to play five games in three days on the road. Larisa had a great weekend, allowing just one unearned run three games she pitched.

Both teams will next be in Denton to play in the 2013 Best Western Premier Spring Fling on Tuesday and Wednesday at Pioneer Field. TWU will take on the Dustdevils at 1 p.m. Tuesday and St. Edward’s at 3 p.m.


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