TYLER — The Howard Payne Lady Jackets on Thursday and Friday were swept in a three-game softball series by UT-Tyler — an American Southwest Conference rival and perennial NCAA Division III national championship contender that is moving up to the NCAA Division II ranks.
Howard Payne was outscored a total of 42-0, dropping decisions of 16-0, 8-0 and 18-0.
With UT-Tyler (29-2) leaving the conference, none of the games count toward the ASC record for the Lady Jackets (13-19, 9-12).
The series began for HPU with a 16-0, five-inning loss on Thursday.
Howard Payne allowed two runs in the first inning, six in the second and eight in the the third. All the damage, which included 21 hits, was done against HPU starting pitcher Tia Campos.
The Lady Jackets were limited to just one hit — that coming from Tonya Thompson.
In the 8-0 defeat Friday, Howard Payne produced six hits — two each by Alexis Sullivan and Kayla Hill and one apiece from Aurora Luera and Emily Martinez.
UT-Tyler chalked up two runs each in the second and third innings, one in the fourth and the final three in the sixth.
Hannah Stuart went the distance in the circle for HPU, yielding eight earned runs on 11 hits with five walks and a pair of strikeouts.
In the 18-0 finale, Howard Payne generated four hits — two from Luera and one each from Kayla Anderson and Madison Love.
UT-Tyler scored in just three innings, tallying seven runs in the first, six in the second and five in the fourth.
Audrey Simpson, Gabrielle Roque and Campos combined to give up 17 earned runs on 17 hits with four walks and no strikeouts.
The Lady Jackets are back in action Thursday and Friday as they host McMurry (11-20, 6-14), which finishes its three-game set with Louisiana College Saturday after splitting a Friday doubleheader.