SHERMAN, Texas – The Austin College softball team just could never get anything going offensively on Thursday night, falling to East Texas Baptist University in both ends of a doubleheader to fall to 0-4 early in the season. The ’Roos fell 8-1 in game one and 9-0 in the second half of the double dip. Austin College was limited to three hits in both games.
East Texas Baptist jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first, taking advantage of an Austin College error to score a pair of unearned runs. Two errors by ETBU in the bottom half of the inning allowed the ’Roos to answer back with a run of their own when Suzanne Beltran reached on a throwing error and then came home on a dropped infield pop up.
The score remained 2-1 until the top of the third, when Adrienne Meier scored on a sacrifice fly by Stacy Jordan to make it 3-1 in favor of the Bulldogs. The game remained close until the top of the fifth, when back to back doubles by Jordan and Dani Miller highlighted a five run inning for ETBU to put the game away at 8-1.
Stefanie Faith, Sam Smith and Courtney Neal each got a hit for the ’Roos, while Jordan paced the Tigers with a 2-for-2 performance and three runs batted in. ETBU’s Alicia Wright struck out nine batters to get the win, while Amber Pemberton surrendered eight runs, six earned, on 10 hits to absorb the loss.
In game two both teams went down quickly in the first inning but ETBU rang up four runs in the top of the second with Meier doubling and coming home on a Jordan double to open things up before two more runs came around to make it 4-0 after two innings. ETBU plated another run in the third, and Porsha Harrison stole two bases and scored on a wild pitch to highlight a three run fourth for the Tigers. ETBU added one more run in the fifth to make it a 9-0 final.
Faith went 2-for-2 to lead the ’Roos and Smith picked up the third hit for the ’Roos, while Harrison and Jordan each had two hits for ETBU. Jordan added two runs batted in. Ayrika Henderson struck out seven batters in 4.2 innings of work for the win, while Ashley Johnson gave up nine runs, seven earned, on seven hits to take the loss.
Austin College is back in action on Sunday when the team travels to Irving to take on the University of Dallas in another non-conference doubleheader.