SEGUIN, TEXAS (Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2020) – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) softball team started its season this weekend with two scrimmage wins against Lamar State College, 4-3, and 14-1 against Ranger College. They lost both nonconference matchups to Texas Lutheran University (TLU) 5-4 and 4-1. The Saints are now 0-2 to start the season. TLU is the top NCAA Division III program in the nation, and the Saints fought hard against them and led in both games.
Head Coach Bruce Lenington said, "I was happy to finally see our team in action at TLU this weekend. We picked up two wins against junior college teams and battled the Division III National Champion in two highly competitive contests. This was just what we needed to start the 2020 campaign. I am excited to learn from our mistakes and build upon our success as we take part in a challenging NAIA event next weekend."
Game one vs. Lamar State
Kelly Salinas was the winning pitcher for the Saints. She surrendered no runs on four hits over four and a third innings, striking out two. Ciera Martinez (JR/San Antonio, Texas) and Clarissa Santos (FR/San Antonio, Texas) entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game
Britni Hunt took the loss for Lamar State. She allowed six hits and four runs over six and two-thirds innings, striking out six and walking zero.
Madison Nunn (SO/Cibolo, Texas) started the first game against TLU. She lasted one and one-third innings, allowing five hits and three runs. Alexa Garza started the game for Lamar State, and she surrendered no runs on no hits over one-third of an inning, striking out one and walking one.
Gonzalez went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead OLLU on offense. The Saints committed no errors on the field. Kaylie Norris (FR/Schertz, Texas) had the most chances on the field with seven.
Game two vs. Texas Lutheran
The Saints fell to Texas Lutheran University on a walk-off that left them off on the wrong end of a 5-4 defeat to the Bulldogs. The game was tied at four with TLU batting in the bottom of the seventh when an error scored one run for them.
In the first inning, OLLU got their offense started. Ariel Montgomery drove in one when she singled. TLU evened things up at four in the bottom of the fifth inning when Chassety Raines doubled on a 0-2 count, scoring one run.
The Saints tallied three runs in the fifth inning. Madison Nunn and Montgomery all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.
Amanda White earned the win for TLU. She surrendered one run on three hits over two innings, striking out one and walking zero.
Kelly Salinas took the loss. She allowed two hits and no runs over one inning, striking out one and walking none.
Kayla Oliveira started the game for Texas Lutheran University. She surrendered four runs on three hits over five innings, striking out four. Ciera Martinez started the game for OLLU. She lasted four and two-thirds innings, allowing five hits and four runs while striking out six.
The Saints tallied six hits on the day. Montgomery and Nunn all managed multiple hits. They each had two hits.
Game three vs. Ranger College
The Saints knocked in eight runs in the fifth inning and defeated Ranger College 14-1 on Saturday. Kaylie Norris, Kaitlyn Salazar (SO/San Antonio, Texas), Katelyn Esparza (FR/San Antonio, Texas), Ariel Montgomery and Jennifer Estrada (SO/El Paso, Texas) all drove in runs in the frame.
Montgomery started on the mound for the Saints and allowed three hits and one run over three innings. Madison Nunn threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Jacquelunne Hernandez took the loss for Ranger College. She allowed eight runs on seven hits in two innings of work.
The Saints collected 14 hits on the day with Nunn, Felicity Villanueva (FR/El Paso, Texas), and Gonzalez all recording multiple hits. Nunn went 3-for-3 at the plate and the Saints didn't commit any errors. Kennah Kennedy (JR/Frost, Texas) lead the team with two stolen bases.
Game four vs. Texas Lutheran
The Saints took the lead early in the first inning against the Bulldogs. They took a 1-0 lead on an error. The Bulldogs would respond, and the Saints couldn't recover in a 4-1 loss.
Ashlyn Strother started the game for Texas Lutheran. She went five and a third innings, allowing one run on five hits. Strother struck out three batters and didn't allow a walk.
Ciera Martinez took the loss for the Saints. She surrendered four runs on six hits over six innings of work. She struck out two batters and walked one.
The Saints head to Portland, Texas, to compete in the NAIA Invitational. They will play six different teams from Feb. 6-8. The Saints will face two ranked teams, No. 16-ranked Columbia College and No. 2-ranked University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.