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Rams Round up Four Wins over Aggie Softball

Released by Panhandle State Sports Information on 03/30/2018 Taylor Jacobson photo Taylor Jacobson photo

Goodwell, Okla.—Panhandle State softball falls to 12-25 on the season after suffering an SAC series sweep on home turf Wednesday and Thursday to Texas Wesleyan University. The Rams claimed two shutouts over the Aggies, taking wins in all four matchups (13-9, 8-0, 7-0 and 6-5) to hold a third-place rank within the conference standings.

Victory was within reach, but slipped from their grasp as the Aggies relinquished a 7-6 lead over the Rams in the sixth inning of game one on Wednesday, and dropped a 4-0 lead in the seventh during Thursday's series finale. Over the four-game stretch, TWU outhit the Aggies 51-32, taking 19 hits for extra bases with 14 doubles, four triples and one home run.

Catcher Haleigh Scott arose as the team's leading hitter, averaging .545 with six hits over 11 at-bats, including two doubles and one triple on the series. Scott scored three runs in game one and brought in two with a double in game four. Brissa Rivera led the Aggies in RBI with four over the two-day stretch. The sophomore third baseman got off to a great start going 2-3 in game one and sneaking a two-run single through the second-base gap to tie the game at 6-6 in the fifth inning. Pitcher Lindsay Jacobs backed Rivera up with an RBI single to swing the lead in favor of the home team (7-6). The Rams went on to add two runs in the sixth and five in the seventh and handed Jacobs the 13-9 loss in game one.

Sophomore Emily Worley took the shutout loss in game two (8-0) as the Aggies struggled at the plate with just three hits in the game. The Rams totaled ten hits and held nine Aggies stranded on base throughout the five-inning performance. Jacobs was back in the circle for game three on Thursday and kept the Rams quiet through the first four innings with just one run scored on a double in the first. Likewise, the Aggie bats were also silenced with just seven hits allowed over the seven-inning stretch, all singles. Panhandle State left nine runners on base.

Senior Julia Ibarra was at the rubber for all seven innings of game four. Ibarra and the Aggie defense held the Rams scoreless through the first six innings, giving up just six hits in the opening stretch. The score stayed knotted up at 0-0 through five, until the Aggies came to life at the plate and brought in four runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jewell Lee led off with a single and Bolton followed with a walk to place the first two hitters on base. Scott then stepped up with a double to bring in both runners and break a lead for the Aggies 2-0. A single from Rivera followed by an infield error added two more runs to give Panhandle State a 4-0 advantage going into the seventh inning. Ibarra allowed a lead-off double to start the inning, and advanced the runner on a wild pitch followed with a walk putting the leadoff runner in scoring position. An RBI single put the Rams on the board (4-1) before the first out of the inning. With bases loaded and one down, the Rams brought in four runs on an RBI single and a three-run triple to edge ahead 6-4 in the top of the seventh. Jewell Lee opened up with a solo homer inside the park to pull the Aggies within one run of their opponents. Haleigh Scott then drove a double to centerfield with two outs, but the final out of the inning left Scott stranded on second and sealed the series sweep for TWU.

The Aggie look to snap a 12-game losing streak as they break from conference play with a road series at Sterling College on Tuesday, April 3. The team then travels to Texas for two SAC series at Texas College April 11 and Southwestern Assemblies of God April 13-14. Panhandle State softball competes in one more meeting on the road April 20-21 at Bacone College before returning to Goodwell for their final series of the regular season against Mid-America Christian April 27-28.