CANYON — TWU lost 18-5 to Angelo State on Friday in the semifinals of the Lone Star Conference tournament. The Pioneers earlier beat Tarleton State 5-4 in a first-round matchup.
The Rambelles scored four runs in the bottom of the first before adding eight in the second and six in the third for the run-rule win.
TWU scored in the top of the second when Sarah Wittenburg crossed the plate with two outs. The Pioneers added three unearned runs in the fourth. Senior Bailey Vrazel and Amanda Shirley scored on an error before Alyssa Galaz singled to left to drive in the third run. TWU scored in the fifth on a two-out single by Samantha Alegria.
“This is a game that we want to forget about very fast and put it behind us,” TWU coach Genny Stidham said. “We still played to the end and scored some runs in the fourth and fifth innings.”
Against Tarleton State, Galaz hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to spark the Pioneers.
Tarleton State took a 1-0 lead in the second on a two-out single.
The Pioneers answered in the bottom of the inning with two runs. Wittenburg doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Katy Stephens. Alegria followed with an RBI double to left-center.
The TexAnns tied the game at 2 in the fifth with a leadoff single and a two-out triple. TWU again answered with Galaz’s 10th home run of the season.
Tarleton State scored a run in the sixth and a run in the seventh to cut the deficit to one. The TexAnns put the tying run at third with two outs, but starting pitcher Brandie Lander struck out the final batter to pick up her 24th win. It was Lander’s 20th complete game of the year.
“We did not have lot of opportunities to score, but when we did we got the big hits,” Stidham said. “Katy and Sam had key hits in the second with runners in scoring position, and Alyssa came up with a big home run with two on and two outs in the fifth. Brandie pitched well early in the game and recorded a couple of big strikeouts in the seventh to seal the win.”
TWU (34-17) now will wait for Monday’s announcement of the NCAA South Central Region selections. The top eight teams in the region will advance to the regional tournament. The Pioneers were ranked fourth this week.