Lady Jackets softball drops three games at Concordia

DERRICK STUCKLY BROWNWOOD BULLETIN derrick.stuckly@brownwoodbulletin.com
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CEDAR PARK — The Howard Payne Lady Jackets dropped their sixth consecutive American Southwest Conference softball series — and fifth via sweep — as Concordia captured victories of 17-3 and 7-3 Friday, followed by a 13-3 win Saturday.

Howard Payne (2-20, 1-17) — which has lost 18 consecutive games since its last victory on Valentine’s Day — recorded its most prolific offensive weekend of the season with nine runs. Prior to facing Concordia (12-11, 10-8), the Lady Jackets had tallied no more than five runs during an ASC weekend series.

In Friday’s series-opening 17-3 loss, Howard Payne surrendered 10 runs in the first inning alone. Concordia finished with 21 hits against Adrienne Sanchez and Tayler Rushing.

Erin McLeod notched two of HPU’s six hits, including a two-RBI triple in the fifth inning that plated Pricilla Patino and Larisa Salazar. Sanchez added two hits as well, while Patino finished with one hit and one RBI and Shandi Winstead tallied a hit.

During the 7-3 loss, HPU held a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fourth inning, as Concordia tallied two runs in that inning and five more in the fifth.

The Lady Jackets received one hit and one RBI apiece from by Salazar, McLeod and Kelly Kaake, while Sanchez contributed the fourth hit.

Concordia generated seven hits off Rushing, who walked one and struck out one.

During Saturday’s 13-3 defeat, HPU again scored a run in the first inning, but gave up a total of eight in the bottom of the first and second innings combined.

McLeod singled home Jessica Morales, who led off with a walk, in the first inning.

Trailing 13-1 in the fifth, Morales reached on a leadoff single and scored on Cherita George’s RBI double, while McLeod’s RBI sac fly plated Salazar, running for George.

HPU tallied six hits — two by Patino and one each from George, Morales, McLeod and Amanda Gober.

Rushing went the distance in the circle allowing 11 earned runs on 17 hits with a strikeout and two walks.

The Lady Jackets will host Ozarks in a three-game ASC series Friday and Saturday.