West Texas A&M

DURANT, Okla. – No. 17 West Texas A&M defeated East Central 12-2 in six innings to capture the program’s first Lone Star Conference Softball Championship. The Lady Buffs earned their first automatic bid into the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament next weekend.

Meghan Slattery led the effort with a 4-for-4, six RBI performance and Shelbey Cockrell went 3.1 innings without allowing a hit to be named the LSC Tournament's Most Valuable Player. 

“What a great day to be a part of Buff Nation, I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to coach such a special group of girls,” said WT head coach Kevin Blaskowski. “Shelbey was outstanding in the circle before Marci came in and shut the door. Our offense battled hard all day to put us up early in the game, it was an all-around great team effort to come out with our backs against the wall and win two games for the championship."

The Lady Buffs started off the scoring in the top of the first inning on a Kaitlyn Witte RBI triple to right center field to score Kimberly LeComte for the early 1-0 lead.

WT added to the lead in the top of the second inning on Slattery's three-run bomb to left field, her second of the tournament, for the 4-0 lead.

Slattery struck again in the top of the third inning with a two-run single through the left side with two outs to plate Mallory Wyatt and Meghan Brown for a 6-0 lead.

"Slattery proved that she’s one of the best nine hole hitters in the country with six RBIs in a career game,” Blaskowski said.

In the fourth, Wyatt drove in LeComte with an RBI single through the right side to extend the Lady Buff lead to 7-0.

The Tigers clawed back in the bottom of the fourth when Cami Correa singled off of the center field wall, followed by a Cassandra Nordie two-run bomb to center to cut the WT lead to 7-2. Correa’s single with two outs was the first hit registered by ECU in the game.

But The Lady Buffs put down any chance of a comeback with five more runs in the top of the sixth inning, highlighted by RBI singles by Slattery, Lemos and Witte to run the lead to 12-2. 

Cockrell had one of her best outings of the season when it mattered most, giving up two runs on four hits with three strikeouts in her 3.1 innings of work.