After the Abilene Christian softball team swept the Lady Javelinas of Texas A&M-Kingsville on Thursday’s doubleheader, 6-0 and 6-3, the Javelinas made a late rally in their final two at-bats to beat ACU, 8-7 the next day.
The first game on Thursday, senior pitcher Caitlyn Crain threw a complete game striking out a season-high 11 batters; eight of them swinging. The complete game is her second on the year.
Not only the defensive side of the field was in sync, but the offense was worth mentioning as well. Lyndi Smith recorded her sixth home run of the season after cranking a shot to deep left field the second game.
“I just try to take every at bat the same way; very relaxed and calm,” Smith said. “It’s important to me to do the best I can for my team even if it’s just a blooper to get on base or a home run.”
Senior Keanna Winkfield has been consistent the past few games as she went 4 for 4 the first game.
In game two, the ‘Cats didn’t waste any time as they made an early 3-0 lead in the fourth from freshman slugger Cara Hoover’s three-run shot to right center. Shelby Hall pitched a complete game allowing only three runs, but by one player in first basemen Adela Gomez. Gomez sent a solo shot in the fourth and a two-run shot in the sixth. Gomez had gone yard three times during the series, which added to her already successful offensive season, recording a total of six home runs.
The Javelinas recorded their first conference win off a pair of hits late in the third game. One three-run shot to deep left field knotted the score at 7-7 in the bottom of the sixth by Gomez. Jaeleen Castro drove in Bailey Offill in the bottom of the seventh with two outs with a two-out infield single to seal the victory.
The loss places the team’s overall record to 21-17 and 5-7 in the Lone Star Conference.
ACU will be traveling to Canyon looking to extend the losing streak of the nation’s top-ranked team in West Texas A&M. The Lady Buffs lost the last two games of a three-game series to Angelo State.