Marshall, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor softball team
could not overcome early deficits as the Cru dropped both ends of a
doubleheader to East Texas Baptist University Saturday
in Marshall. UMHB fell 5-0 in game one and lost a 12-3 decision in game
two. The Cru is now 8-7 overall and 7-5 in American Southwest Conference
play on the season after the two losses. UMHB had won seven straight
games entering Saturday's play. The 6th-ranked Tigers move to 12-1 overall and 11-1 in the ASC on the year with the two victories.
The Cru could not overcome an early deficit in a 5-0 loss in game one. Jessica Delgado and Alyssa Romero singled home runs in the bottom of the second inning to give ETBU a 2-0 lead. The Tigers added a single run in the third and two more runs in the fourth. UMHB managed just two hits and left the bases loaded in the top of the first inning in the best scoring chance of the game for the Cru. Rebekah Ragsdale took the loss for UMHB to drop to 5-2 on the year. Ragsdale gave up five runs on ten hits in six innings of work.
ETBU grabbed another early lead on the way to a 12-3 victory in game two. The Tigers put four runs on the board in the bottom of the first and added two more on a Lacy Liles' single in the bottom of the second. The Cru cut it to 6-3 in the top of the fifth inning. Dayton Kunz and Leanne Hinojosa scored the first two runs on an error and Chandler Henson scored the other run on another ETBU error. UMHB would get a runner to third in the top of the sixth, but could not push across a run. The Tigers then push across six more in the bottom of the inning as Kayla Garcia's three-run homer ended the game on the run rule. Haley Parker took the loss for the Cru to drop to 1-3 on the year. Leah Brown had two of UMHB's four hits in the loss.
The Cru will now return home to host nationally-ranked U.T.-Tyler for a three-game ASC series next weekend. The two teams will play a 5:00 PM doubleheader on Friday before playing a 2:00 PM single game on Saturday at Dee Dillon Field.