Southeastern recovered from a 9-1 loss to Angelo State in the opening game of the 201-0 Lone Star Conference Tournament to advance in the loser’s bracket after a 4-1 victory over Tarleton State.
Southeastern moves to 26-25 on the season and will next face Central Oklahoma at Noon on field 5 at the Durant Multi-Sports Complex in an elimination game.
In the victory over TSU, The Storm had scattered a pair of hits over the first five innings, but scrapped to load the bases with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning for Erika Bernal who hit a grand slam, her 14th homer of the season, into a stiff south wind over the left field wall to give SE the 4-1 lead.
Amanda Tanner retired the TexAnns in order in the top of the seventh to collect her 13th win of the year.
On the day Tanner tossed 7.0 innings and allowed an unearned run on three hits with six strikeouts.
Bernal, Jennifer Morales and Cassy Tice were the only players to collect hits on the contest, but all three were extra base hits as Bernal homered and Morales and Tice each doubled.
It was a true pitcher’s duel as Tanner and TSU’s Julie Norris just one hit each in the first four innings.
In the top of the fifth, the TexAnns got a double from Brandi Simmons who would score when the next batter reached on an error attempting to lay down the sac bunt.
Courtney Walter’s opened the bottom of the sixth inning with a walk for SE and was safe at second when TSU’s pitcher attempted to get the lead runner on Jeana Keys’ sac bunt, but threw the ball away.
Ryan Allen drew a walk to set the table for Bernal whose grand slam fashioned the 4-1 win.
In the opening round contest, a sixth inning surge by Angelo State sent the Storm to the loser’s bracket.
SE collected six hits, all from different players, but stranded six runners and was unable to get a runner past first base in the final four innings.
Ashley Smith was saddled with the loss and fell to 12-14 on the year after allowing five runs on seven hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Lyndi Davidson faced a pair of batters in the sixth inning, retiring one, before handing the ball to Cassy Tice who tossed 0.1 innings and allowed four runs, one earned, on two hits.
ASU took the early 1-0 lead after one inning, but after Morales led off the second with a walk, Tice would move her to second with a single and Mandi Worthington would push both runners up a base with a sac bunt.
Morgan Miller would single home Morales with two outs, and the inning would end when ASU’s right fielder robbed a would-be home run from Bernal.
After ASU answered in the bottom half of the second with a pair of runs, neither team could get things going until ASU exploded for six runs in the sixth inning to hand the Storm the 9-1 loss.