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Softball: Rambelles blank TWU at super regional

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SAN ANGELO -- TWU suffered a 5-0 loss to No. 1 Angelo State in Game 1 of an NCAA super regional Thursday at Mayer Field to place the Pioneers into an elimination situation.

Game 2 is set for 2 p.m. Friday followed by a third game, if necessary, at 4:30 p.m.

The Pioneers (37-21) garnered their first of three hits with leadoff batter Nicole Nordie on a blooper over the head of the first baseman. Nordie stole second to place herself in scoring position, but a foul out, strikeout and grounder left her stranded.

ASU (56-5) also recorded a single with its leadoff batter with a shot to shortstop, and a sacrifice bunt pushed her to second. The next batter was hit by a pitch to place two runners on base. TWU threw out the next Rambelle at first and attempted to put a runner out at second while another sneaked home on the play to put ASU up 1-0.

In the bottom of the third, South Central Region player of the year Kenedy Urbany launched a home run to drive in a runner from first, who was hit by a pitch, to give ASU a 3-0 lead.

The bottom of the fifth was a replay of the third, as a home run brought a pair of scores after a batter was hit by a pitch.

Nordie sent a deep shot to center field near the fence in the top of the sixth that bounced off of the fielder's glove as she made her way to third. Katy Stephens was hit by a pitch before moving to second on a wild pitch, but consecutive outs sent the runners back to the dugout.

The shutout was the fourth handed to the Pioneers this season, with the most recent also occurring at the hands of Angelo State.

Abby Walker (19-10) took the loss with three runs and three hits.