No. 4 Texas-Tyler downs defending champion Pacific Lutheran
TYLER, Texas -- No. 4 UT Tyler disposed of defending national champion Pacific Lutheran in a doubleheader sweep, winning 4-3 and 7-1. With the wins, the Patriots moved to 22-2 on the year.
The Patriots needed extra innings to win game one, winning on a walk-off double by Heather Abshire, scoring Raven Rodriguez.
Pacific Lutheran (15-9) took a lead in the top of the fourth inning, with two runs scoring on a Lindsey Matsunaga double. Spencer Sherwin then singled, scoring Matsunaga and making the score 3-0 heading to the bottom of the fourth.
In the fifth, the Patriots rallied, scoring three-runs to tie the score at three. Rodriguez singled, knocking in Carli Wheeler, while the second run scored on a fielder's choice by Abshire.
Brittney Batten then tied the game with a solo home run, her fourth of the season.
After both teams were unable to score in regulation, the game headed to extra-innings, opening the door for Abshire's heroics. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Rodriguez reached base with a single, setting the plate for Abshire, who belted a deep double to right-center field, scoring Rodriguez from first base and winning the game 4-3.
In game two, the Patriots jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a solo homerun by Joey Cronin, the 28th of her career.
Freshman pitcher Kelsie Batten, who picked up the win in game one, started game two on fire. Batten took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of game two, finally giving up a hit to lead off the inning. The Lutes had no answer for Batten and could not stop the UT Tyler offense, giving up six runs during the last three innings.
In the fourth, Lauren Robenalt knocked in a run with a single, while Jackie Mendez added one more on a double to left center. UT Tyler added three more in the fifth, two on Ashley Endsley's deep homerun and one on a fielder's choice. The Patriots added one more insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a wild pitch, making the score 7-0 with one inning to play.
On the night, Batten pitched 10.2 innings, giving up just six hits, one run, walking no batters and striking out eight batters.
Abshire had a stellar night at the plate, going a combined 5-for-9 with two RBIs and one run scored, while Robenalt finished going 3-for-6 with one RBI and run scored.