MARSHALL — The Howard Payne Lady Jackets dropped their first three American Southwest Conference softball outings of the season Sunday and Monday to the No. 16 East Texas Baptist Lady Tigers.
In games that were pushed back a couple of days due to soggy conditions, the Lady Jackets were outscored 32-1 during the three series
HPU's lone run came in a 14-1 opening loss, followed by defeats of 10-0 and 8-0 to conclude the set.
In Sunday's series opener, the Lady Jackets (3-8-2, 0-3) scored in the top of the first inning as Morgean Schultz led off with a walk, moved to second base on a sacrifice by Shawneece Jones and scored on a one-out RBI double down the right field line by Katelyn Dickerson.
Howard Payne mustered just one more hit the rest of the game, a one-out single up the middle by Schultz in the third inning.
ETBU (4-0, 3-0) chalked up six runs in the bottom of first, three more in the second and five in the third. The Lady Tigers generated 16 hits and took advantage of three HPU errors.
Tia Campos took the loss, allowing nine runs on 10 hits with two walks over 1.1 innings. Audrey Simpson gave up four runs on six hits with one walk in 1.2 innings. Kendra Evans also worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit with one strikeout.
In the 10-0 loss to ETBU, the Lady Jackets tallied three hits — singles by Dickerson, Kayla Boucher and Ferrah Ford.
The Lady Tigers produced two runs in the first inning, three in the second, one in the fifth and four in the sixth.
Evans was tagged with the loss in the circle, yielding five runs on six hits with one strikeout and three walks over four innings. Simpson pitched 1.1 innings and surrendered five runs on three hits with two walks.
In the series finale, Howard Payne finished with four hits — singles by Schultz, Dickerson, Boucher and Ford.
As three-run home run by ETBU's Linzie Lewis opened the scoring, while the Lady Tigers added two runs in the third and three runs in the fourth.
Evans faced the first three batters, all of whom scored, to take the loss. Campos worked four innings in relief, allowing five runs on eight hits with one walk.
The Lady Jackets will attempt to halt a four-game skid when they return to action at 1 p.m. Friday with a home doubleheader against No. 12 UT-Dallas (0-2, 0-0). The three-game ASC series concludes at noon Saturday.