HPU suffers 6-2, 4-0 setbacks

The Howard Payne Lady Jackets' skid reached seven games as the Hardin-Simmons Cowgirls claimed the first two outings during an American Southwest Conference softball doubleheader Friday afternoon.

With losses of 6-2 and 4-0 to Hardin-Simmons, the Lady Jackets suffered their seventh ASC series loss in as many outings. HPU will attempt to salvage the series finale and tally its first win since March 10 at noon today.

In the 6-2 opening loss, Howard Payne (5-20, 3-17) witnessed Hardin-Simmons (11-13, 8-12) snap a 2-all tie with three runs in the top of the fifth inning, then added an insurance run in the seventh.

The Cowgirls finished with 13 hits off the Lady Jacket pitching combination of Tonya Thompson and Audrey Simpson, who walked three and struck out one.

Breanna Greer finished with two doubles and a pair of RBIs, Braleigh Middleton added two hits and an RBI and Lauren Williams and Ashley Brown each drove in one with one hit to spark Hardin-Simmons.

Genia Jones notched the win in the circle for Hardin-Simmons, tossing six innings of one-run, three-hit ball with five strikeouts and a pair of walks.

Simpson and Tayler Rushing finished with two hits each while Gabrielle Roque added the fifth for the Lady Jackets. Rushing and Roque drove in runs.

In the 4-0 loss, the Lady Jackets yielded single runs in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings.

Lexie Allen tossed a complete-game shutout for Hardin-Simmons, scattering eight hits with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.

Madison Witherwax took the loss for HPU, surrendering two runs on three hits and three walks over three innings.

Greer led the way for the Hardin-Simmons offense with three hits and one RBI, while Christa Garcia finished with two RBIs on one hit.

Rachel Hitt, Haley Slater and Kodi Glosson each contributed two singles for HPU while Simpson and Thompson tacked on one single apiece.