The ACU softball team left their own Wells Field humbled after their loss to the Falcons of University of Texas Permian-Basin.
The Falcons flew into the double header this past weekend with a 1-11 record, but left 2-12. The ‘Cats started Saturday off with the first game ending on the eight-run rule, 10-2.
The bats were in full swing the first inning as the team combined with three hits for seven runs.
The game ended in the bottom of the sixth when Madison Buckley led off with a triple, and scored when Courtney Flanary reached first on an error by UTPB third baseman Cene Padilla.
The second game did not go as smoothly as the first. With a five-game win streak, the ‘Cats lost 3-2. The offensive end didn’t support the efforts of the defensive end the ‘Cats seemed confident.
But, it goes to show that ACU has to play well on all cylinders to beat any team on their schedule.
The ‘Cats were humbled back into the loss column after starting pitcher Peyton Mosley struggled to find her rhythm. Toward the bottom of the UTPB lineup, Leslianne Ericson, belted a full-count pitch to the gap of right-centerfield. The shot plated Jackie Guzman and Kati Walker to make it a 3-1 game.
“We came out pretty strong in the first game and then by the second game I think we got a little too relaxed and complacent,” senior pitcher Caitlyn Crain said.
UTPB’s starting pitcher, Janessa Martinez, could not have had a better performance.
The ‘Cats were held to just two hits and no runs over four innings. The ‘Cats could not find her strike zone until the fifth inning when Demi McNulty doubled and made her way home on a single by Sara Vaughn to stalemate the game at 1-1.
The team would have liked to continue their streak heading to the Midwestern State Classic in Wichita Falls, but the No. 22 Wildcats dropped to 10-6 overall.
The ‘Cats look to start another streak with a busy weekend in Wichita Falls, as they face Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Emporia State University, St. Mary’s University and Northeastern State University.