Longball lifts SE to semifinal match

DURANT, Okla. –Southeastern (50-10) picked up its second straight 50-win season and earned a trip back to the Lone Star Conference Tournament semifinals on Sunday with wins over Cameron, 6-3 in nine innings, and Texas A&M-Kingsville, 5-1, on Saturday afternoon in Durant, Okla.

The Savage Storm will now face Angelo State in a 1 p.m. contest, with SE having to win twice to clinch a berth in the LSC Tournament finals next weekend. Sunday’s contests will be available on KSEO AM 750 as well as via the web at GoSoutheastern.com.

The Storm needed nine innings to advance in the Saturday opener, needing homers to tie and then win the game.

Marjorie Johnson went the distance to pick up her 23rd win, tossing 9.0 innings and allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out 13.

Benita Sanchez, Erika Bernal and Jami McAdoo each tallied two-hit outings, while Sanchez and Marjorie Johnson supplied the home runs that got the Storm past the Aggies.

Sanchez led off the game, and her pinch runner Sharlie Staab would score two batters later on a Bailey Mathes sac fly.

CU answered with a pair of runs on the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead and made it 3-1 with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

SE answered, however, with a two-run bomb from Johnson to help her own cause and tie the game at 3-3.

CU nearly finished the game in regulation after Jenna Boren attempted to score from first on a ball that got past Mathes, but Laney Anderson was charging in from centerfield, scooped up the ball and gunned Boren with a laser beam throw to end the inning and the threat.

It remained tied until the Storm put two runners on with one out in the top of the ninth, setting the stage for Sanchez’s three-run blast that fashioned the 6-3 win.

In the second game, the Storm got another complete game in the circle, this one from McAdoo who threw 7.0 innings and allowed a run on eight hits with five K’s to move to 18-3 on the year.

Mathes came alive at the plate in game two, going 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and four RBI.

Anderson added a two hit outing, with Kristi Goins and Mathes scoring a pair of runs each and Bernal accounting for the other.

SE again took a first inning lead, 1-0, after back-to-back singles with one out from Goins and Mathes.

Mathes’ first homer, a two-run shot, gave the Storm a 3-0 advantage in the third inning, which would expand to 4-0 when Bernal scored on a double steal where Jennifer Morales was caught in a rundown between first and second.

The Javelinas got a run back in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Mathes’ second homer, a solo shot in the seventh inning, fashioned the final of 5-1.

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