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Softball: Pioneers open tourney with two victories

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LAS VEGAS — TWU won both of its games on the opening day of the Desert Stinger Tournament on Friday. The Pioneers defeated Regis 9-4 before picking up an 11-3 run-rule victory over Fort Lewis in six innings.

Against Regis, the Pioneers pounded out 17 hits, including five extra-base hits. Every player in the lineup recorded a hit, while seven finished with multiple hits. Freshman Alyssa Galaz went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and junior Kendra Sancet went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and three RBIs.

Senior Katie Hines started in the circle and tossed five innings for her first win of the season. Brandie Lander pitched two innings for the save.

Against Fort Lewis, the Pioneers broke open a 3-2 game with a three-run fifth and a five-run sixth. Hines was 3-for-3 with five RBIs while Amanda Ruiz and Sarah Wittenburg scored three runs apiece.

Lander (4-0) tossed her fourth complete game of the season.

“Our offense clicked today, and we had key hits with runners on base in both games,” TWU coach Genny Stidham said. “We got production up and down the lineup, and it’s great to see everyone contribute. Kendra picked up where she left off last week, and Katie had big hits in the second game. Brandie and Katie pitched well in both games and did their job in the circle.”

Today, TWU will face Texas-Permian Basin at 4 p.m. and Colorado School of Mines at 6:30.