Cowgirl Comebacks Lead to Two Wins

Cowgirl Comebacks Lead to Two Wins

February 2, 2019

ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' softball team won two games at Ellis Field on Saturday, 9-8 over Millsaps College and 4-2 over Schreiner University.

The Millsaps Majors jumped off to a fast start, going up 5-0 in the top of the first. The Cowgirls answered with a Kate Tovar double in their half of the first, scoring Sidney Cox, making it 5-1.

The Majors returned with an RBI double in the second by Ty Bergeron. Tovar again answered the call in the bottom of the second with a bases-loaded two-RBI single, cutting the Major lead to 6-3.

In the bottom of the third, the Cowgirls would score one on a wild pitch, followed by a Katlyn McCoy RBI single, making it 6-5 Millsaps.

Camille Scott hit an RBI double to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth and Kaitlin Ammermann would then have an RBI single to take the lead 7-6.

Cox doubled home a run in the bottom of the fifth and Tovar would later hit a sacrifice fly to score Cox, making it 9-6 Cowgirls at the end of five. The Majors rally would fall short in the seventh, making the final 9-8 Cowgirls, overcoming a five-run deficit multiple times in the game.

The second HSU game was a rematch from the day before with the Schreiner University Mountaineers. The Mountaineers won against the Cowgirls in Friday's matchup.

Schreiner played as the home team in this game and scored first with an Alyssa Maki sac fly in the bottom of the first. Kenzee Hessert evened the game for HSU with a solo-homerun in the top of the second, making it 1-1.

Hallie Schmitt would hit another Schreiner sac fly, giving them a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Tovar led off the top of the sixth with a second Cowgirl homer, tying the game at 2-2. The Cowgirls would take the lead after an error, and go on to win 4-2, avenging their only loss on the young season.   

On the day, Cox led the Cowgirls with four hits and added two walks, getting on base six times in eight plate appearances. Ken. Hessert and Tovar had the team's first homers of the year, and Tovar led with five RBIs on the day.

From the mound, Scott got the win in relief against Millsaps and is now 2-0. Brookelyn Casper got the start and pitched a gem against Schreiner, only giving up three hits and one earned run in her first win.

The Cowgirl's day wouldn't be complete without mentioning that senior Katlyn McCoy stepped in as the emergency catcher for both games. Her solid performances were no doubt a big part of the Cowgirls comebacks.     

The Cowgirls move to 3-1 on the season and will be at Southwestern (Tex.) on Feb. 8 for a double header starting at 3 p.m.

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