March 15, 2019
ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' softball won both games of a doubleheader with Sul Ross on Friday at Ellis Field, winning 3-1 and 7-2 in American Southwest Conference play.
Sul Ross struck first in game one with a first-inning RBI single by Payslee Sims to go up 1-0. The Cowgirls did all their damage in the bottom of the third with a Kaitlin Ammermann two-RBI single. The Cowgirls also scored on an error, making it a 3-1 lead that they would hold to get the win.
Gabby Ortega got the start in game one and threw seven innings allowing four hits and one earned run with five strikeouts in the win. Jodie Vaughn started for the Lobos and threw five innings in the loss. Rebecca Rodriguez also pitched for the Lobos.
Kenzee Hessert led the Cowgirls with two hits including a double and Ammerman had the team's two RBIs. For Sul Ross, Sims led the team with a single and an RBI.
In game two the Cowgirls took an early 1-0 lead after a Karis Hessert single led to a run off an error in the first inning. The Lobos tied the game in the fourth with a Rodriguez RBI SAC fly to center.
The Cowgirls retook the lead with a Kaycee Koiner opposite-field two-run homerun, making it 3-1 HSU in the fourth. Sul Ross added their second run with a Rodriguez RBI single in the sixth, making it 3-2.
The Cowgirls again answered in the bottom of the sixth with a four-run inning, led by a Ke. Hessert RBI single and an Alaina Marquez RBI, getting the win by a final of 7-2.
Camille Scott started for the Cowgirls and threw all seven innings allowing only one earned run in the win. Kyndall Dove took the loss for the Lobos.
The Hesserts both had two hits for the Cowgirls along with Kate Tovar to lead the team. Scott and Koiner had a double and a homerun respectively, giving them each two RBI to lead the team. Annika Canaba had three hits for the Lobos in game two.
The Cowgirls move to 10-10 on the season and 7-4 in the ASC while Sul Ross drops to 7-8 and 5-8 in conference. The series will wrap up tomorrow with game three at 12 noon at Ellis Field.
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