SAN ANTONIO (April 9, 2013) -- The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) softball team shared a doubleheader with NCAA DI Texas Southern University on Tuesday afternoon. The Saints won the first game 8-7 in extra innings, and then lost the second game 9-2.
The Saints are now 29-12 overall and remain 15-3 in the Red River Athletic Conference. Texas Southern moves to 24-12.
Ashley Perez hit a home run.
The Lady Tigers opened the afternoon with a scoring frenzy. After one strike, Jessica Haynes pounded a homer over left field. Princess Daniels followed with a hit to third base. Thomasina Garza, Brianna Parker, Danielle Salazar and Chelsea Guenther each reached base, with Daniels and Garza scoring. After that, starting pitcher Nadine Idrogo was able to regain her composure to get the next three batters out.
The Saints retaliated in the bottom of the inning to score two runs. Kimberlee Briseno reached first, and Brittany Stone hit a two-run homer to take the game to 2-3.
Idrogo kept the Lady Tigers at bay the next two innings, and in the bottom of the third, Stone hit a sacrifice bunt to drive in Ashley Perez, and Briseno scored after a flyout from Idrogo to give the Saints the 4-3 lead.
Nancy Perez runs the base after an RBI from Nadine Idrogo.
The Lady Tigers tied up the game in the fourth after Haynes hit her second home run of the game.
During the bottom of the fifth inning, Ashley Perez knocked the ball over the fence, and Idrogo hit a two-run homer driving in Nancy Perez.
With the Saints leading 7-4, the Lady Tigers came back in the top of the sixth inning with Garza smashing a two-run homer to move to 7-6. A double from Haynes in the top of the seventh drove in Shannon Colquitt to tie the score at 7-7.
At the bottom of the eighth inning, with Stone sent to second base on the international tie-breaker rule, Idrogo hit a single to centerfield to drive her in for the Saints' 8-7 win.
Idrogo pitched five innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits, while striking out two and walking two. Shelby Blanar relieved her to pitch three innings allowing one run on two hits, while striking out one and walking one.
Brittany Stone dives for a catch.
Idrogo led the offense with four RBIs on 2-for-4 including a home run. Ashley Perez, Briseno, Stone and Kailyn Miller had two hits each.
The Saints got on the board first in the second inning after Danielle Aguilar scored on an RBI by Julie Ramos. On the mound, Maegan Ramirez kept the Lady Tigers scoreless through the fifth inning, when they scored two runs.
Nancy Perez scored a run in the fifth to tie the score at 2-2. The sixth inning proved detrimental to the Saints as the Lady Tigers scored five runs to lead 7-2. TSU scored another two runs in the seventh, and the game ended with the 9-2 loss for the Saints.
Ramirez pitched a little more than five innings, allowing seven runs on six hits, while striking out one and walking five. Blanar pitched just over one inning allowing two runs on four hits.
Ramos led the Saints offense with two hits on three at-bats.
The Saints will be in Tyler this weekend to play Texas College on April 12 at 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on April 13.
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Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant