Softball: Farquhar’s winning homer helps TWU to sweep

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PORTALES, N.M. — TWU rebounded from Tuesday’s two losses with a doubleheader sweep of Eastern New Mexico on Friday.

TWU won 5-4 on Tealey Farquhar’s seventh-inning home run before exploding for a 14-2 run-rule victory. Seniors Brandie Lander and Katie Hines picked up wins in the circle.

In game one, the Pioneers (22-12, 8-7 Lone Star) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run double by Alyssa Galaz. The Zias scored a run in the bottom of the first before taking the lead with two runs in the third.

TWU regained the lead in the sixth. Sarah Wittenbug tied the game with an RBI double and scored on a wild pitch to put the Pioneers on top. The Zias again responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 4.

Farquhar led off the seventh with her first career home run, which she hit down the right field line. Lander shut down the Zias in the bottom of the seventh to pick up her 14th win.

In the nightcap, the Pioneers took the lead in the first on RBIs by Farquhar and Galaz. Eastern New Mexico tied the game in the bottom of the first, but TWU responded with six runs in the second, five in the third and one in the fourth.

Farquhar finished the game with three RBIs, while Galaz and Hines drove in five runs apiece. Bailey Vrazel and Kendra Sancet each scored three runs.

Hines pitched all five innings and picked up her seventh win.

Vrazel recorded two steals in each game to make it 29 on the season and 231 for her career.

“We are off to a good start this weekend and look to carry this momentum into [today],” TWU coach Genny Stidham said. “We went back and forth in game one before Tealey hit a big home run in the seventh. In the second game, our offense came alive. Alyssa, Katie and Tealey all had key hits with runners on base.”

The teams will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader today to wrap up the four-game series.


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