No. 9 UT-Tyler sweeps Lady Jackets softball


TYLER — The schedule keeps getting tougher for the Howard Payne Lady Jackets, who dropped three American Southwest Conference softball games at No. 9 UT-Tyler Friday and Saturday.

The Lady Jackets were dealt a 12-1 defeat Saturday after dropping both contests Friday by counts of 13-1 and 10-2.

In Saturday’s weekend finale, the Lady Jackets surrendered 14 hits to UT-Tyler (14-1, 11-1) and gave up three runs in the first inning, five in the third and four more runs in the fourth inning.

Tayler Rushing went the distance in the circle for HPU as she allowed eight earned runs and walked two.

Mel Hinojosa sparked UT-Tyler with a 3-for-3 effort that included a home run and three RBIs.

At the plate for HPU, Rushing, Shandi Winstead and Larisa Salazar tallied the only hits. Winstead singled home Rushing in the top of the first to give the Lady Jackets a brief lead.

Howard Payne also led at one point in Friday’s 10-2 loss, grabbing a 2-1 edge in the top of the third inning.

UT-Tyler responded with three runs in the bottom of the third, three more in the fourth and an additional tree over the final two innings.

The Lady Jackets finished with five hits, two apiece from Rushing and Pricilla Patino and one by Adrienne Sanchez. Sanchez scored HPU’s first run in the top of the third following an RBI single by Rushing, and Patino then singled home Salazar, to push the Lady Jackets in front.

Whitney Burt led the way for UT-Tyler as she was 2-for-3 with four RBIs.

Morgan Ashmore went the duration in the circle for HPU, allowing 10 runs — nine earned — on 10 hits with three walks and no strikeouts.

In the 13-1 opening loss, the Lady Jackets gave up seven runs in the second inning and three each in the third and fourth frames.

Howard Payne notched its only run in the top of the third as Rushing doubled and scored when Amanda Gober reached via error. Salazar and Winstead singled for the Lady Jackets to round out their three hits.

Rushing went the distance in the circle for HPU, yielding 13 runs — but only six earned — on 12 hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

The Lady Jackets (2-14, 1-11) will try to snap their 12-game slump as they host UT-Dallas Thursday and Friday in another three-game ASC series.