ABILENE, Texas – McMurry used a seventh-inning home run by Kayla Otis to beat Hardin-Simmons, 7-6, on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action at Ellis Field.
Things started shaky for the Cowgirls as the first two War Hawk batters reached on errors to start the game and the next batter was hit by a pitch. Kayla Otis had a two-run double before Genia Salazar was able to get out of the inning with McMurry leading 3-0.
HSU came back and scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Kirsten Kenyon had a sacrifice fly and Amanda Tokunaga had an RBI single to make it 3-2. Rachel Ripley had a solo home run in the second inning to push the War Hawk lead to 4-2.
Hillarie Carpenter narrowed the deficit with an RBI groundout in the second inning. McMurry scored twice in the third inning to take a 6-3 lead. Lexi De La Cruz had an RBI single and Sarah Nagy an RBI groundout.
The game remained 6-3 until the bottom of the fifth inning. Cierra Woodyard reached on an error to start the inning. Kenyon followed with a bunt single and the throw to first was thrown away allowing Woodyard to come all the way around to score. Tokunaga added an RBI single down the right field line and Shadye Millican had an infield single to score Laura Guerrero, who was pinch running, to tie the game at 6-6.
It remained that way until Otis hit the home run. Kenyon led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt, but the Cowgirls could not bring her home to tie the game.
Kenyon had three hits and drove in two runs and Tokunaga had two hits and knocked in two to pace the HSU 12-hit offense. Otis and Summer Quiroga had two hits each for the War Hawks and Otis drove in three runs. HSU outhit the War Hawks 12-6 in the game.
Cheyenne West started and went five innings for McMurry allowing four earned runs and 11 hits. Crystal Peebles (2-1) worked two scoreless innings to earn the win in relief.
Salazar started for the Cowgirls and allowed only two earned runs (six total) and struck out three. Gabby Ortega allowed just one hit in four innings of work.
HSU is now 0-3 and McMurry improved to 2-3. HSU will play at Southwestern this weekend and those games have been moved from Friday-Saturday to Thursday-Friday.
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