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Softball: TWU season ends with two losses

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SAN ANGELO — TWU fell to St. Edward’s 3-1 in an elimination game at the NCAA South Central Regional on Saturday.

The Pioneers end the season with a 37-17 record.

“It’s tough to get eliminated and end the season, but we had a great season,” senior catcher Tiffany Weise said. “We played hard all season and in this tournament, but today was not our day. It was fun year.”

St. Edward’s, playing in back-to-back eliminations games, carried the momentum from a victory over Missouri Western State. The Hilltoppers advanced to the regional finals against the Angelo State.

“This is a hard region, and I am proud of the team for making it to the NCAA tournament,” TWU head coach Richie Bruister said. “We played a tough and emotional game against Angelo State earlier and then we ran into a very good pitcher from St. Edward’s. It was a great year and I am very proud of every girl on this team.”

TWU got on the scoreboard first against St. Edward’s in the bottom of the second with an unearned run. Freshman Kendra Sancet doubled to left center with one out, and pinch runner Kaylyn Vranich scored on an error by the first baseman.

SEU answered in the top of the third to take a 2-1 lead. The Hilltoppers scored their runs on three hits and a walk. SEU added an insurance run in the top of the seventh on a leadoff double and a one-out single.

“This team has played a huge role in my life and I will appreciate every single moment and every single memory,” TWU senior outfielder Addison Staley said.

Earlier Saturday, TWU’s Karissa Hartwig pitched seven strong innings but Angelo State scored three runs in the top of the eighth to capture a 5-2 win.

Both teams had chances in the seventh but could not score the winning run.

Hartwig (4-1) tossed 7 2/3 innings and allowed four earned runs.