Lady Jackets in 4-3 in extra innings, fall 8-0

The Howard Payne Lady Jackets split the first two games of their American Southwest Conference softball series with the Sul Ross Lady Lobos Friday, tallying a 4-3 extra-inning victory before dropping an 8-0 decision in the nightcap.

The rubber match of the series between the Lady Jackets (5-14, 3-11) and Lady Lobos (7-14, 4-10) is slated to begin at 11 a.m. today at Lady Jacket Field.

In HPU’s Friday victory, Tonya Thompson’s bottom of the ninth inning two-out RBI single to left field plated Haley Slater with the winning run. After the first two Lady Jackets were retired in the ninth, Slater doubled to left-center field, then advanced to third base on a passed ball ahead of Thompson’s hit.

Trailing 1-0 after two innings, the Lady Jackets drew even in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Gabrielle Roque singled up the middle then Kayla Boucher followed with a base hit to center field. Kodi Glosson then reached on an error which allowed Roque to score the tying run.

Howard Payne grabbed a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth as Slater was hit by a pitch to start the frame then Thompson reached on a bunt single. Later in the inning, Audrey Simpson struck out but reached base on a passed ball and wild throw to first base, which also allowed Thompson and Kailey Cargill, running for Slater, to score.

Sul Ross immediately answered with a pair runs in the top of the sixth, however, which led to extra innings.

The Lady Jackets finished with seven hits — two each by Boucher and Thompson and one apiece by Simpson, Roque and Slater.

In the circle, Madison Witherwax picked up in the win in relief, tossing one inning of scoreless ball with two walks surrendered. Thompson got the start and worked six innings, yielding three runs on seven hits with a walk. Simpson hurled two innings of scoreless relief with one strikeout and one walk.

In Sul Ross’ victory, the Lady Lobos chalked up three runs in the third and fifth innings and two more in the seventh.

Simpson took the loss in the circle, giving up three runs — one earned — on three hits over three innings. Thompson worked the final four innings and surrendered five runs — three earned — on six hits. Defensively, Howard Payne committed three errors while Sul Ross was flawless in the field.

The Lady Jackets tallied six hits off Lady Lobo pitcher Bailey Garrett, who struck out four. Destanie Hernandez tallied three hits and an RBI, while Darrian Doerderlein recorded two hits and drove in a pair for Sul Ross.

For Howard Payne, Slater and Rachel Hitt — who tripled — finished with two hits apiece while Boucher and Tiffany Hinklemann both singled.