ABILENE, Texas -- Senior pitcher Keeley Lowrance tossed the sixth no-hitter in school history Friday as Hardin-Simmons earned its fifth consecutive American Southwest Conference series win with a doubleheader sweep of Sul Ross State, 6-3 and 2-0.
Lowrance was nearly perfect for the Cowgirls in Game 2. The only two base runners came on errors, one in the first and one in the sixth inning. She struck out eight batters and needed just 82 pitches.
Keri McSchan was a hard-luck loser for Sul Ross State. She kept the Cowgirls off-balance and allowed just five hits in the game to fall to 1-13 on the year. HSU scored its only runs in the sixth-inning on a two-out two-run single by Lauren Williams. Williams had three of the five HSU hits and Sarah Truelove had the other two.
In the first game, Emily Hardaway continued her stellar pitching, allowing just one run over five innings to improve to 5-5. She struck out seven. Lara Ammermann worked the final two frames for the Cowgirls.
Sul Ross took a 1-0 lead in the first on a Shelby Doederlein RBI infield single with two outs. However, the Cowgirls took a 3-1 lead in the third. Mac Clay scored when Carley Willis reached on an error with two outs. Sara Truelove walked with the bases loaded and Lauren Williams had an RBI single through the left side.
HSU made it 6-1 in the fifth when Carol Swindell scored on a fielder’s choice, and Braleigh Middleton and Truelove had sacrifice flies. Doederlein had an RBI single for SRSU in the sixth and Roby Whitmire had an RBI single in the seventh.
Willis, Clay and Williams had two hits each for the Cowgirls. Doederlein had two of the six Sul Ross State hits. Isaura Rodriguez (2-7) took the loss for SRSU. She allowed just two earned runs on nine hits in six innings of work.
Hardin-Simmons improved to 15-10, 12-8 iASC. Sul Ross State fell to 3-22, 3-17.