ACU will begin the home portion of its season Friday with a double-header against Prairie View A&M. The first game will begin at 2 p.m., with the second game to follow at 4 p.m.
The ‘Cats, who are coming off a tough 1-4 season opener in Louisiana, are looking to turn things around when they face off against the Panthers, who haven’t played yet this season.
ACU was able to come back with one win from their season-opening tournament in its final game. The Wildcats crushed Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 14-7, behind a nine-run first inning. Freshman second baseman Holly Vanckhoven went 3-4 with a double and 4 runs batted in, leading the Wildcats to victory. Freshman shortstop Peyton Hedrick contributed with a 2-5 game, including a home run and two runs driven in.
Senior pitcher Emily Seidel went 0-2 but was able to leave the tournament with an earned-run average of 3.85 through her four appearances and 20 innings pitched. Her 15 strikeouts from the tournament ranks her first in the Southland Conference following the first week of play.
The Wildcats hit .248 through their five games and were led by Hedrick, who batted an impressive .412 over the course of the tournament.
Junior pitcher Julia Montoya played a key role in the ‘Cats’ win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, striking out four batters in 12 innings.
With Seidel and Montoya carrying the pitching load, another key player head coach Bobby Reeves is expected to use for offensive production is sophomore transfer from University of Central Florida, Kaleigh Singleton. Singelton started four games and had four doubles among her five hits in last weekend’s tournament. Singleton splits time at catcher with junior returner Cara Hoover.
The Panthers finished last season 13-28 overall and 7-10 in their conference. ACU won three of the four games against Prairie View last season on the road.
The double-header starts at 2 p.m. Friday at Polly Wells Field. Live stats will be available for both home games online through acusports.com.