Pair of errors gives West Texas A&M a 2-1 extra-innings win vs. Texas Woman's
DENTON, Texas -- No. 5 West Texas A&M capitalized on a pair of errors in the ninth inning to top No. 8 Texas Woman's University 2-1 on Friday at Pioneer Field.
"What a win, that's the kind of game you hope you can match the excitement and intensity throughout the rest of the weekend," West Texas A&M head coach Kevin Blaskowski said. "Lauren [Heinrich] stepped into a big situation in the circle and really pitched well."
The start of the game was a battle as advertised as pitching dominated the opening two innings as the teams combined for two base runners and one hit as the game remained scoreless.
The Lady Buffs (41-8, 20-5 Lone Star Conference) struck first in the top of the third inning as Alyssa Lemos drilled a full-count pitch with two outs over the left-field wall for the 1-0 advantage.
TWU (41-12, 19-6 LSC) answered with a run of their own in the home half of the third as Liz Kelly grounded out to third base to drive in teammate Haley Colwell to tie the game at 1.
The Pioneers threatened again in the bottom of the fourth inning with the bases loaded and two outs but Heinrich forced a pop-up by TWU's Bailey Vrazel to end the inning.
TWU opened the bottom of the fifth with a leadoff single but the Lady Buffs defense tightened up for three outs highlighted by Mallory Wyatt throwing out a would-be base stealer.
Lemos continued to stay hot at the plate as she led off the top of the sixth with a single through the left side, followed by a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk of Renee Erwin. But West Texas A&M couldn't capitalized on the opportunity, striking out twice to end the inning.
Both teams continued to struggle at the plate as the game headed to extra inning before the Lady Buffs scored the winning run in the top of the ninth inning as Vrazel misplayed two consecutive balls at shortstop with two outs to allow Wyatt to score.
The Pioneers threatened in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and no outs but Heinrich forced three consecutive outs, including a pair of strikeouts to end the game.
Heinrich picked up the win in the circle (11-1) for the Lady Buffs, giving up no runs on two hits with seven strikeouts in her 5.1 innings of relief.