PORTALES, N.M. — TWU completed its weekend trip with another doubleheader sweep of Eastern New Mexico, winning 11-9 and 12-7 Saturday afternoon.
The Pioneers won all four games against the Zias to improve to 24-12 overall and 10-7 in the Lone Star Conference.
In the opener, the Pioneers scored 11 runs and had 18 hits. All nine starters recorded a hit, led by senior Katie Hines, who went 3-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs. Senior Bailey Vrazel and freshman Katy Stephens also collected three hits apiece, with Vrazel scoring three runs. Hines, junior Kendra Sancet and junior Sarah Wittenburgh all hit home runs.
TWU scored in every inning except the sixth, including three in the first and fourth innings.
In game two, the Pioneers broke a 7-all tie with a five-run seventh. TWU fell behind 4-1 after the second inning but scored four in the third and two in the fourth to take a 7-4 lead. Eastern New Mexico tied the game with a run in the fifth and two in the sixth.
The Pioneers were led by Sancet, who went 3-for-5 with seven RBIs and two home runs, including a grand slam in the seventh inning. Hines and freshman Alyssa Galaz each drove in two runs, while Wittenburg and sophomore Tealey Farquhar had three hits apiece.
“Offensively we had a great weekend,” TWU coach Genny Stidham said. “Every player in the lineup did their job, either getting on base or recording a key hit with runners on base. Kendra had a big day at the plate today with three home runs.”
Vrazel recorded five steals in the doubleheader to make it 34 on the season. She has 236 career stolen bases.
After getting hit by two pitches this weekend, Wittenburg became the Division II career leader with 64. She passed Brittany Weaver of Central Oklahoma, who was hit by 63 pitches from 2009-12.
The Pioneers will play host to No. 24 Midwestern State for a four-game series starting Friday.
Track and field
Taylor takes sixth in mile
AUSTIN — North Texas completed competition at the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays.
Sophomore Troy Taylor placed sixth in the men’s mile with a season-best 4:07.21. He was the third collegiate runner to finish.
In the men’s 800-meter relay, UNT’s Clinton Collins, Kedron Sowells, Caleb Pryor and Collin Heard teamed to place ninth with a time of 1:25.60.
On the women’s side, Ashley Henry, Nadiyah El-Amin, Kayla Savoie and Rhenique Williams finished 11th in the 800 relay with a time of 1:37.17.
At Saturday’s North Texas Classic, the Mean Green will honor its senior class.
Memphis 6, UNT 1
No. 55 North Texas fell to No. 38 Memphis 6-1 at the Waranch Tennis Complex, ending the Mean Green’s three-game winning streak.
“Memphis played really well, and I thought we did a good job of staying with them in doubles,” UNT coach Sujay Lama said. “When they won the doubles point, we knew we had our work cut out of us in singles. I thought our effort was great throughout the match. They just had more depth, especially at the bottom of the lineup.”
The Mean Green earned its only point at the No. 1 singles spot. Kseniya Bardabush fought to the very end and won 6-3, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (10-7).
In doubles play, Bardabush and Franziska Sprinkmeyer won 8-1. Memphis then won the doubles point after defeating the Mean Green at the Nos. 2 and 3 spots.
“I think this was a good match in preparation for UTA, which will be a tough one,” Lama said. “Now our focus is on the upcoming match.”
North Texas will play host to Texas-Arlington at 3 p.m. Wednesday.