ACU takes series from W. Texas A&M
WT’s LeComte sets conference all-time home run mark
ABILENE, Texas -- Missy Mendoza laced a two-out single that squeezed just past the third base bag to give Abilene Christian a 9-8 walk-off win in game three and a series win against No. 10 West Texas A&M. The Lady Buffs shut out the Wildcats 5-0 to take a suspended game two in Lone Star Conference South Division action Saturday at Wells Field.
The series win for ACU improved the Wildcats' overall record to 19-14 and 5-1 in the LSC South while WT fell to 22-6 and 2-4 in conference play.
The Wildcats fought back in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 8-8 after WT broke a 5-5 tie on a Kim LeComte home run. Sarah Martinez then blasted her fifth home run of the season to pull ACU even again.
Megan Brigance reached base on an error in the bottom of the seventh as she led off for ACU. Kaylee Crozier pinch ran for Brigance and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Candice Miller. Back-to-back intentional walks to Lyndi Smith and Erin Gilliland loaded the bases for Ashley Calles, who hit a hard shot to short stop. A great play throwing Crozier out at the plate kept the game tied.
Mendoza then delivered on her third hit of the day scoring Smith and giving ACU a 9-8 win.
The Wildcats jumped on the Lady Buffs with a five-run second inning, scoring on five hits and taking advantage of a WT error. After two home runs from West Texas A&M in the top of the fourth, Shelby Hall gave way to Peyton Mosely, who pitched 2.2 solid innings only allowing the three-run homer in the sixth.
Hall returned in the seventh, and got out of the inning when Meghan Brown was thrown out trying to go first to third on an infield single. Hall picked up the win to move to 7-8 on the season.
The 10th-ranked Lady Buffs grabbed a 5-0 win from ACU in game two, setting up the afternoon’s rubber match. Marci Womack stayed in the circle from Friday night’s suspended game to take a pitcher’s duel from Brittany Rexroat, who picked up only her third loss of the season (9-3).
WT picked up all five runs via the long ball as Christie Russell hit a two-run shot in the fourth and Meghan Brown added a lead-off solo shot to give the Lady Buffs a 3-0 lead. Kim LeComte set the LSC all-time home run mark in the seventh to extend the WT lead to 5-0 with her 40th career home run to left field.
Rexroat was solid despite the long balls, as she struck out six while only walking two battling through all seven innings.
Mendoza picked up two of the Wildcats five hits as they were unable to get their bats going in the day’s first game.