SALEM, Va. -- The top-ranked Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M got four RBI from Allie Cranfill and Rita Hokianga pitched a complete game to earn an 8-1 win against LIU Post, the program's first victory in the NCAA Division II Championships. WT moved to 57-7 on the season while the Pioneers fell to 50-10.
The Lady Buffs used their team speed on the basepaths to take the early lead. Tyler Wilkinson walked and stole second base as an errant Pioneers' throw into center field allowed the her to race to and round third base. An LIU Post bobble in the infield scored Wilkinson for the early 1-0 lead. Renee Erwin registered a walk followed by a Kaisha Dacosin RBI double to the right center field gap to give WT the early 2-0 lead.
The Lady Buffs broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth inning as they plated five runs on two hits and two Pioneers' errors. The inning was highlighted by an Allie Cranfill three-run double as WT ran their lead to 7-0.
The Lady Buffs added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth inning as Cranfill drove in her fourth run of the game with a bunt .
Hokianga moved to 26-3 on the season, giving up one run on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts in the complete-game victory.