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Texas Woman's Athletics | February 28, 2014

Texas Woman's opens conference play with sweep

DENTON, Texas -- Junior Kendra Sancet and freshman Katy Stephens each drove in five runs to lead the Pioneers to a doubleheader sweep against Texas A&M-Kingsville in the LSC opener. TWU defeated the Javelinas 9-2 in Game One before cruising to an 11-0 win in five innings in Game Two.

In game one senior Brandie Lander tossed a complete game and struck out a season-high 10 batters for her 12th win of the season. She allowed three hits and two runs in seven innings and improved to 12-0 on the season.

The Pioneers scored a run in the first, third, four and fifth before a five-run sixth. Juniors Sarah Wittenburg and Samantha Alegria each drove in two runs while senior Bailey Vrazel went 3-for-3 with three runs and three stolen bases.

In Game Two senior Katie Hines tossed a one-hit shutout for her third win of the year. She struck out five batters and allowed one walk.

TWU scored two runs in the first and third, three in the second and four in the fourth. Sancet went 3-for-3 with four RBI and two runs while Stephens was 3-for-3 with four RBI and three runs. Vrazel was 2-for-3 with a run and a stolen base. Hines, Sancet and Stephens all hit home runs in the game.

"I am definitely impressed with our pitching today but our offense was even better," TWU head coach Genny Stidham said. "We made some mistake on offense early in the first game but came back and put the ball in play. Katy hit couple ball to the fence in the last few games and she was due to hit a home run. She came up with a big hit with bases loaded. Kendra is always a tough out. When runners are in scoring position she is tough batter to pitch to."