By Derrick Stuckly
The Howard Payne Lady Jackets earned their first win of the season with an 8-6 victory over Southwestern Assemblies of God in the first game of a Tuesday doubleheader, while the second game was called due to weather with the score tied.
In the opener, Howard Payne (1-3-2) trailed 3-2 heading to the bottom of the fifth inning where the Lady Jackets struck for six runs.
Gabrielle Roque walked to start the bottom of the fifth and Ferrah Ford followed with a single up the middle. An error then allowed Audrey Simpson to reach and load the bases with no outs. Morgean Schultz came through with a bloop RBI single to left field that plated Roque and knotted the score at 3.
Tonya Thompson then floated an RBI single up the middle that brought home Ford with the go-ahead run.
With one out and the sacks still full, Kayla Boucher ripped a three-RBI double to the left-field fence which extended HPUs cushion to 7-3.
Haley Slater then singled home Boucher to cap the scoring in the inning and give HPU an 8-3 lead.
SAGU (3-2-1) attempted to rally in its final at-bat in the top of the seventh inning, scoring three times before the last out was recorded.
The Lady Jackets finished with eight hits — two each by Schultz, Thompson and Ford and one apiece from Boucher and Slater.
In the circle, Tia Campos tossed six innings to earn the win for HPU, allowing six runs — three earned — on nine hits with one strikeout and one walk.
Simpson worked the last inning and yielded one walk.
The second game was called after six innings, with Howard Payne scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth to create the tie.
Down 3-1, Schultz singled with one out and came home on an RBI triple by Thompson, who also scored on the play due to an error.
The Lady Jackets finished with six hits — two by Thompson and one each by Schultz, Campos, Roque and Ford.
Simpson tossed all six innings for HPU allowing three earned runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
HPU will be back in action at 1 p.m. Friday for a doubleheader at Austin College.