The Abilene Christian softball team suffered an upsetting 7-8 extra inning loss at the bat of Midwestern State’s No. 6 batter Christina Roosmalen, who belted a shot to left field just missing the foul pole.
The loss brings the team’s overall regular season record to 28-25 and 12-15 in their last season competing in the Lone Star Conference.
“In our conference anyone can beat anyone, so it is tough losing when we all played the game we know we can play,” said centerfielder Keanna Winkfield.
In game one, the Wildcats were sitting pretty with eight unanswered runs in between the fourth and sixth innings to seal their 8-1 victory.
Starter Caitlyn Crain (14-12) threw a complete game recording six strikeouts with only eight hits, allowing only one run in the fourth from two doubles by Katelyn Vinson and Courtney Bingham.
Lyndi Smith finished 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBI, while Heather Peacock went 2-for-3 with three RBI.
In game two, the ‘Cats walked off the field heads bowed when a solo shot sailed just right of the left-field foul pole ending the extra-inning game 7-8(9).
“The Midwestern series showed us how much we have to prepare for in the conference tournament,” said starting pitcher Shelby Hall.
Senior Shelby Hall started the nightcap off losing the lead twice, but her offense rallied to build her confidence as they quickly scored three runs in the first from Peacock, Keanna Winkfield and Sara Vaughn.
The lead was later lost an inning later on a two-out rally led by the bats of Haley Howerton and Bingham.
The triple from Bingham gave the Mustangs a 5-3 lead.
Later in the fourth, Keanna Winkfield dashed down the third base line toward home after a throwing error from MSU’s right fielder to knot the game 5-5.
Earlier in the first inning, Winkfield made an acrobatic catch hitting the centerfield wall.
The Wildcats are locked into seventh place in the LSC, which means their next opponent will be against second-place West Texas A&M University this Friday at 2 p.m.