ABILENE, Texas - Hardin-Simmons' softball team broke its 13-game losing streak with a doubleheader sweep of Sul Ross State, 9-1 and 11-5, in American Southwest Conference action at Ellis Field on Friday afternoon.
The Cowgirls exploded for nine runs in the first game to put the run rule in effect. Brittany Acosta went the distance in the circle for HSU and she scattered four hits and allowed just one run to earn the win.
HSU jumped on the board in the first inning when Sarah Truelove walked, moved to second on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt moved to third on a Syndie Darden sacrifice bunt and scored on a Mac Clay sacrifice fly.
SRSU scored its lone run in the third inning on an Amanda Garza RBI double to left field.
HSU blew the game open in the fourth inning when Carley Willis doubled and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Julia Bradley. She then scored on a fielding error on a ball hit by Kara LeLeux. Shelby McIntyre followed with a walk and Tera Davis reached on an error on a sac bunt attempt. After a pop out, Truelove hammered a pitch over the left field wall for a grand slam to make it 6-1. Clay had an RBI double later in the inning.
The Cowgirls finished the game off in the fifth when Bradley was hit by a pitch and Davis walked with two outs. Jayton Gordon double off the wall in left field and the run-rule was in effect.
Gordon had two of the six HSU hits and four different Lobos had hits.
In the second game HSU scored a run in the bottom of the first on a Clay squeeze bunt to score Trulove, who had singled and stole second and third base.
The Lobos scored three times in the third inning. Shelby Doederlein had an RBI double and Christina Graham hit her fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot to make it 3-1.
HSU responded with two runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game on a two-run home run by Clay. The Cowgirls took a 5-3 lead in the fourth on a Darden RBI single and Ashten Huddleston scored on an error.
In the fifth Doederlein had an RBI single to make it 5-4 and Shelby Contreras had a an RBI single in the sixth inning to tie the game at 5-5.
HSU exploded for six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Clay had an RBI single to score Truelove who had walked and moved up on a Darden sacrifice bunt. Willis followed with an RBI single and Bradley singled and the runners moved up on a throwing error to score Clay. McIntyre then followed with a three-run home run to left field. Nathalie De La Torre later had a pinch-hit RBI single in the inning.
Truelove had three hits and scored four runs and Clay had three hits and drove in four runs to pace HSU. Contreras had three hits for SRSU.
Carol Swindell started the game for the Cowgirls and allowed four runs on five hits in five innings. Acosta came on and earned the win in relief to improve to 3-8 on the year. She allowed two hits and a run. Contreras took the loss in relief for SRSU allowing five runs in an inning and one-third.
The Cowgirls are now 4-15-1 on the year and 2-4 in league play. Sul Ross State fell to 5-11 overall and 0-2 in ASC action. The teams will play an 11 a.m. doubleheader on Saturday, that was originally scheduled for noon.
Information for this story provided by HSU Sports Information.
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