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Softball: Pioneers crush two foes

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LAS VEGAS — TWU captured two run-rule victories Saturday at the Desert Stinger Tournament. The Pioneers defeated Texas-Permian Basin 9-1 in six innings before cruising to a 10-0 win in five innings against Colorado School of Mines.

TWU improved to 7-2 and has won five straight games.

Against UTPB, senior Bailey Vrazel and junior Kendra Sancet each had three hits while sophomore Tealey Farquhar and freshman Alyssa Galaz drove in two runs apiece. Junior Sarah Wittenburg led the Pioneers with three runs scored.

Senior Amanda Ruiz started in the circle and picked up her first win of the season while senior Katie Hines tossed two innings of relief.

Against Colorado School of Mines, TWU got big hits from Sancet and Galaz. Sancet hit a grand slam in the second while Galaz hit her first career home run in the fourth with two runners on base.

Wittenburg drove in two runs while Vrazel picked up one RBI.

Senior Brandie Lander (5-0) tossed her fifth complete game of the season.

“Offensively we are clicking all cylinders,” TWU coach Genny Stidham said. “Some of the girls that struggled last week are coming around and having good at-bats. Amanda pitched great in her first start of the season, and Brandie continues to dominate.”

The Pioneers will wrap up tournament action today with a 1:30 p.m. game against Adams State.