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Abilene Christian battles back to top Texas A&M-International, 6-5

DENTON, Texas - 's unearned run in the bottom of the sixth inning served as the game-winner in ACU's 6-5 comeback victory over Texas A&M-International Wednesday afternoon during the second and final day of the Best Western Premier Spring Fling hosted by Texas Woman's University.

Winkfield - who finished the game 4-for-4 - led off with an infield single to shortstop, moved to second on 's single to the left side, and then came home after the right fielder made a wild throw through the infield after catching 's fly ball.

(7-5) returned to the circle in the seventh and earned the complete game victory after retiring the side in order. She finished with three strikeouts and 101 pitches as the Wildcats (15-12) snapped a three-game losing streak.

The start of the game, however, was not easy for Crain as she allowed the first five runners to reach base during a two-run first. Fortunately, the Wildcats answered with three in the second and received a solo home run from Flanary to begin the third. Flanary's shot was her fourth of the season and pushed the ACU lead to 4-3.

An unearned run from in the fourth gave the Wildcats their biggest lead at 5-3, but the Dustdevils quickly tied the score at 5-5 in the fifth on a two-run home run by Rochelle Nash. Crain later allowed two more base runners that inning, but left them stranded at the corners thanks to a ground ball to the catcher and fly ball to center. She faced the minimum six batters in the sixth and seventh.

Kyndall Reaves started for International and lasted only 3.0 innings with no strikeouts before being lifted in favor of Salina Mitchell (3-7), who allowed just the one unearned run on three hits.

Flanary and freshman each finished the International game with two hits.

ACU was one-hit earlier Wednesday in a 7-0 loss to St. Edward's, which gave the Hilltoppers a two-game series sweep of the Wildcats. SEU won last night's pitcher's duel, 1-0, but today ripped 13 hits and scored at least two runs in all but one inning.

Hilltopper starter Sarah Debrow struck out nine of the 23 batters she faced, walked none, and had two Wildcats reach via error.

Fitzgerald recorded ACU's lone hit - a two-out double in the fifth.

ACU is off Thursday before starting a three-game series vs. Texas Woman's Friday at 6 p.m.

Information for this story provided by ACU Sports Information.

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