By Joel Weckerly, Sports Editor
The softball team tuned up for this weekend’s four game home series with Lone Star Conference South Division rival Texas A&M-Kingsville with a doubleheader split against Southern Colorado on Wednesday.
ACU (17-19 overall, 1-3 LSC South) fell to USC 10-4 in the first game but came back to top the Thunderwolves 11-8 in the nightcap.
“We realized we didn’t play the first game as well as we should have,” sophomore right fielder Katie Bryan said. “Coach talked to us in between games, and we decided to improve on some of the mental mistakes we made. We had problems knowing what we needed to do in specific situations, and we made it pretty clear what we had to do before the second game started.”
Junior pitcher Christina Yorkey started both games for the Wildcats, and was credited with a pair of no-decisions. In Game 1, she went three innings and gave up one earned run before freshman Heather Cochran came in to take the loss. In Game 2, Yorkey scattered 10 hits through five innings pitched, before handing the torch on to freshman Shauna Bragg, who improved to 3-2 with the victory.
Senior designated hitter/third baseman J.D. Williams went 3-for-3 with two RBI in the victory, while senior shortstop Robin Woodall went 2-for-4 with five RBI and a home run.
ACU gets back to conference play this weekend with four games against Texas A&M-Kingsville, beginning with a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Friday and another one Saturday at 1 p.m.
Kingsville is tied with ACU for second place in the LSC South (1-3) and holds a 22-9 overall mark.
“Each one of these games is so important,” Bryan said. “The amount of games that we can win will be the outcome of where we stand in conference next week.”