ETBU
Burton

BELTON, Texas -- Allison Burton drilled a three-run double to left in the top of the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie and give East Texas Baptist a thrilling 4-0 win against Mary Hardin-Baylor in the Tigers’ season opener Thursday.

UMHB bounced back to secure a split of the non-conference doubleheader with a 10-7 win in the nightcap.

Burton’s bases-loaded, two-out double gave Kaylee Davis a win in the circle in her first start at ETBU. Davis tossed a four-hit shutout while walking two and striking out three in her Tiger debut.

Davis (1-0) had Mary Hardin-Baylor at arms length all afternoon, pitching out of a couple of early jams and then closing the door in the seventh by getting two of her three strikeouts with the lead in hand. Rebekah Ragsdale (1-2) took the loss for the Cru, allowing four earned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts.

ETBU’s game-winning rally started when Alyssa Romero singled to right to open the inning and moved to second when Kristina Cordova reached on a fielder’s choice. Two outs later, both runners were still on base and moved up to load the bases on Kristin Wersterfer’s walk.

Burton, in her second year with the Tigers, drilled Ragsdale’s pitch into left and cleared the bases for a 3-0 lead. Ashton Brey then drove home the final run of the inning with a double down the left field line.

Brey had two hits to lead ETBU, with Maranda Westbrook, Burton, Romero, Beck Young and Kayla Garcia adding one hit apiece.

The Cru responded to the game one loss by rallying from an early 4-0 deficit, using a big six-run second inning to take control of the nightcap.

After ETBU batted around in the first inning and scored four runs, UMHB put one run on the board in the first before taking the lead with the six-run outburst in the second inning. Five hits, combined with three walks, were enough for the Cru to grab a 7-4 lead going to the third.

It was 8-4 in the sixth when Camryn Bintz blasted a two-run homer to give UMHB a comfortable 10-4 lead going to the seventh. It didn’t stay comfortable for long, as the Tigers rallied for three runs and had the runs on base to tie the game before Ragsdale -- who entered the game in the middle of the inning -- coaxed a ground ball to second by Wersterfer to end the game.

Brey (0-1) took the loss for the Tigers, allowing three earned runs on just one hit with two walks in the decisive second inning. Jordan Bullard got the start for ETBU and allowed two earned runs on two hits in 1 1/3 innings, and Lauren Feder allowed four earned runs on nine hits over the final 4 2/3 innings.

ETBU had seven hits, led by Kayla Garcia’s two. Cordova drove in three of the Tigers’ seven runs in the game.