The Wildcats went 3-3 in the LSC Crossover Tournament this weekend. ACU split a pair of games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“We did some things better than we had the week before,” said Head Coach Chantiel Wilson. “Two of our games we lost were by one run, so we need to work on playing seven strong innings to come out with a win.”
The first day of the tournament had highs and lows. The Wildcats trailed 2-1 going into the seventh inning, but in a late rally, they scored three runs in the seventh to take a 4-2 lead. The Wildcats loaded the bases in the seventh, and Missy Mendoza hit a double down the right field line, scoring two runs to win 4-2.
In the second game, the Wildcats took a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. Cameron answered, hitting two home runs in the sixth to score three runs. The Wildcats took the 6-5 lead into the seventh but gave up another solo home run that tied the game. The Wildcats lost in extra innings, 7-6. Brittany Rexroat pitched the final inning for a tough loss; she moved to 5-5 for the season.
The second day saw another split for the Wildcats. ACU scored five runs in the sixth inning to pick up their second come-from-behind victory of the weekend. The Wildcats closed it out in the seventh to win 9-7 against East Central.
One inning doomed the second game; the Wildcats gave up nine runs in the fourth. This was the only time Central Oklahoma scored, but it was more than enough for them to cruise to a 9-5 victory.
It was the same story Sunday as the Wildcats split a pair a games, losing 4-3 to Midwestern State before defeating Northeastern 8-4.
In the first game, ACU was tied going into the sixth before giving up what became the game-winning run. It was the team’s ninth one-run loss of the season.
In the second and final game, ACU responded by defeating the Riverhawks 8-4. The Wildcats trailed 3-1 before scoring five runs on six hits in the sixth inning. ACU tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh and held on for the 8-4 victory. The win moves the Wildcats to 12-20 for the season.
“Overall it’s been really hard for us to finish out games,” Wilson said. “We haven’t been able to put runs across or at least the winning run across late in the game. We need to work on not settling when we have the lead, and when we have the chance to win games or put games away, to execute.”
The Wildcats will be back in action with a doubleheader Wednesday. The games will be played back-to-back starting at 3 p.m.