The Abilene Christian softball team lost both ends of a doubleheader hosted by Lubbock Christian Tuesday, falling 4-2 to Western New Mexico and 8-0 to the Lady Chaps in six innings.
The two defeats dropped ACU's early season record to 2-5, while the Mustangs and Lubbock Christian improved to 2-8 and 8-3, respectively.
The Wildcats are at the start of a six-game roadtrip and it does not get any easier from here as they'll next head to a tournament hosted by North Texas. ACU will face the Mean Green in Denton in addition to Texas State, Sam Houston State and Prairie View A&M.
Game One Recap
Abilene Christian was doubled up by Western New Mexico, 4-2, this morning at Lubbock Christian's Plains Capital Park.
The Wildcats allowed all four runs through the first two innings as junior starter Emily Seidel (1-2) was hurt by six base hits combined with two errors at third base.
Stephanie Higgins led off the game with a single and scored from first base four pitches later on an error by Courtney Flanary, who was trying to throw out Mariah McDonald.
An out later, McDonald scored the first of her two runs on Ricki Gentry's base hit through the right side. Gentry also plated McDonald on a double to right center during the Mustangs' two-run second.
ACU countered each of Western New Mexico's two-run inning with a score of their own in the first and second frames. Flanary doubled in freshman Taylor Brown with two outs in the first to make it a 2-1 game, and in the second, sophomore Cara Hoover scored on Madison Buckeley's two-bagger to the gap in right-center field.
Five of ACU's nine hits went for extra bases, but unfortunately for the Wildcats they left 10 runners on base as they were shutout by Mustang starter Domi Shone over the final 5.0 innings.
Shone, who finished the game with eight strikeouts, got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth with no outs by getting a ground ball back to the circle followed by a foul ball to third base and strikeout of pinch hitter Ashley Nolan.
After Seidel was pulled from the game to start the third inning, senior Peyton Mosley struck out three and walked two in 5.0 scoreless innings of work.
Mosley loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, but escaped with a strikeout of Gentry. She also retired the side in order in the fourth and seventh innings.
Game Two Recap
LCU's Katera Eltsosie improved to 4-2 on the year behind a three-hit, 6.0 inning shutout of the Wildcat in which she struck out four. She was opposed by Wildcat freshman Hannah Null, who gave up six runs - five earned - on seven hits and a walk over 4.0 innings of work.
Game one starter Emily Seidel followed Null into the circle and allowed the game-clinching runs in the sixth on back-to-back homers by Megan Sullivan and Morgan Colburn.
ACU's lone offensive threat was in the second inning as they loaded the bases with no outs on two hits by pitch and a single by Seidel. But Eltsosie was able to get two fly outs worked around a strikeout of Tori Valdivia.
Eltsosie allowed just two more base runners the rest of the game as Demi McNulty and Lyndi Smith singled in the fifth and sixth innings.
Information for this story provided by ACU Athletics.