BELTON — The Howard Payne Lady Jackets and Mary Hardin-Baylor Lady Crusaders exchanged shutouts Saturday, but by virtue of HPU’s two wins Friday head coach Jose Mata’s team captured the weekend series.
The Lady Jackets ran their win streak to five games with a 1-0 victory to open Saturday action, then suffered their first ASC West setback by a 9-0 count.
Following the weekend in American Southwest Conference West Division, the Lady Jackets are alone in second place with a 5-1 conference record. HPU is 10-9 overall.
Texas Lutheran (16-6, 6-0) remains in first place, but the Lady Jackets have a sizable cushion between themselves and the two teams tied for third in the ASC West — Hardin-Simmons (6-15-1, 4-4) and UMHB (9-9, 4-4).
In Howard Payne’s victory Saturday, Haleigh Caraway tossed a one-hit shutout with one strikeout.
The Lady Jackets offense only managed three hits against UMHB’s Rebekah Ragsdale, but were able to scratch across a run across in the top of the fourth.
HPU’s fourth inning began with a leadoff single by Katie Poerner, who advanced to second base on an ground out. With one out, Tylene Middleton singled to plate Poerner with the game’s only run. Caraway added HPU’s only other hit later in the fourth inning, but the Lady Jackets left two runners stranded.
Victoria Gomez collected the only hit for Mary Hardin-Baylor, that coming with two outs in the bottom of the first inning.
In Saturday’s finale, the Lady Jackets were the ones limited to just a single hit as Ariel Kemmerer struck out three and walked only one.
Middleton doubled with two outs in the first and walked with two outs in the fifth. Caraway reached on an error in the second and Amanda Gober did the same in the third.
Baillie Trumble took the loss, allowing four runs on nine hits with one strikeout in four innings.
The Lady Jackets will be back in action Friday and Saturday as they host Concordia (12-6, 1-3) in another four-game set. The first two games will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, with the series concluding at noon Saturday.