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Pioneers sweep TexAnns for 12-8 LSC record

The Pioneers faced off with the Tarleton State TexAnns last weekend, where they claimed their fourth Lone Star Conference series sweep of the season.

softyDespite being ranked behind the No. 4 TexAnns in the LSC, at No. 6, the Pioneers managed to win all three games with wide margins – 8-3, 11-7 and 4-1. On Fri., April 7, the first pitch, and strike, was thrown at 6 p.m. by Junior Pitcher Abby Walker (transfer from Tyler JC). During the bottom of the fourth inning, Sophomore Third baseman Tylia Slyvestine hit a home run out past the left field fence to put three more Pioneer runs on the board.

The second game started out slow for the Pioneers, as Tarleton jumped to a 6-1 lead as the top of the third inning came to a close. Senior Shortstop Katy Stephens got things started for the Pioneers in the bottom of the third with a solo home run past the left field fence to bring the score to 6-2. By the time the third inning came to a close, TWU had rallied to close the gap to 7-6. Increased momentum in the fourth inning brought the score to 10-6 before the final score of 11-7 after seven innings.

The final game in the series began shortly after with Walker in the circle once more for the Pioneers, where she finished with a 13-6 record. Stephens started TWU’s scoring during the third inning with a single RBI to right center. Single runs during the fourth and fifth innings brought TWU to a 3-0 lead before Tarleton got on the scoreboard with a sacrifice fly from Catcher Nyka Woods during the sixth inning. Another RBI from Stephens helped TWU to the 4-1 win.

The Pioneers will travel to Wichita Falls for a series with Midwestern State University on Thurs., April 13 at 6 p.m. and will play a doubleheader on Fri., April 14 starting at 1 p.m.

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