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Softball roundup: TWU tops Cameron; UNT falls twice

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LAWTON, Okla. — Junior Kendra Sancet and freshman Alyssa Galaz hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning Saturday to lead TWU to an 8-5 win at Cameron in the Pioneers’ final regular-season game.

Samantha Alegria went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, while Sancet, Galaz, Katie Hines and Katy Stephens each had two hits as TWU won the three-game series.

Senior Brandie Lander pitched a complete game for her 23rd win of the season.

Cameron jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a one-out home run by Breezy McComas. The Pioneers tied the game in the second on an RBI single by Alegria. The Aggies regained the lead in the third on another one-out homer by McComas.

In the fourth, Stephens singled to left to drive in the tying run, and Tealey Farquhar put the Pioneers on top in the sixth with an RBI single. Cameron scored an unearned run in the sixth to tie it at 3.

Sancet led off the seventh with her 20th home run of the season and Galaz followed with her ninth. The Pioneers batted around in the inning and scored three more runs. Alegria and Bailey Vrazel recorded RBI singles, and the fifth run came home on an error.

Cameron’s Emily Nix hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh before Lander secured the win with a flyout.

“This is a good series win for us on the road,” TWU coach Genny Stidham said. “Cameron is a tough team to play on their home field this season, and we won two out of three this weekend. We got the key hits when we needed, including big home runs by Kendra and Alyssa. We closed out the regular season with a big win, and we need to carry this momentum into next week’s conference tournament.”

TWU (33-16, 18-10 Lone Star) will return to action in the LSC tournament Friday and Saturday.


Mean Green drops pair

MIAMI — North Texas lost two games against Conference USA rival Florida International on Saturday, falling 7-1 and 7-0.

North Texas could not convert opportunities into runs despite outhitting the Panthers 7-2 in the first game. FIU made the most of its base runners when it got a grand slam in the bottom of the third to put the Mean Green away.

The offensive woes continued for North Texas in the nightcap as it could only generate four hits. FIU got on the board early and often with three consecutive homers in the bottom of the first.

“After a highly disappointing day today with our pitching staff, it is important for us to quickly regroup and get out of here with one win,” UNT coach Tracey Kee said. “Getting swept would be a very bad thing.”

The series concludes with a game at 11 a.m. today.