SAN ANTONIO (April 15, 2012) -- Maegan Ramirez led the Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) softball team to two of three wins against Texas College as she gave up just one hit in each game she pitched. In between those two games, starting pitcher Kailyn Marie Miller and reliever Sera Quiroga gave up five hits to complete the sweep of the Steers from Tyler, Texas.
The 15-0, 3-0 and 9-0 wins improve the Saints record to 20-15 overall and 13-4 in the Red River Athletic Conference, while Texas College drops to 1-16 in the conference and 1-24 overall.
After a quick 1-2-3 first inning, the Saints' offense kicked things off on a Steers' error that sent Brittany Stone to first, but she was called out for leaving the base early. Kimberlee Briseno hit a blooper to short stop, and Amanda Hinojosa reached base on a walk. Ashley Perez hit her fifth double of the season to drive in Briseno. Steers' catcher Jour'Dan Garner misplayed a throw to third, and Hinojosa scored. After Miller moved to first on a walk, another Garner error gave Perez the opportunity to score to take the game to 3-0.
|The Saints celebrate as Bourg heads home|
after hitting a home run.
Ramirez struck out two batters and another Steer was called out on a grounder to third to send the Saints back on offense. Ashley Elizalde and Stone scored after two Steers' errors, and with Briseno on base, Hinojosa hit a two-run homer to increase the Saints' lead to 7-0.
A repeat 1-2-3 inning for Ramirez launched another run-rally for the Saints during the bottom of the third inning. Elizalde reached base on a dropped fly-out by Essence Vinson. Potts hit her third double of the season to send Elizalde home. A hit from Coral Salazar gave Potts the opportunity to score. Kaitlyn Bourg, the conference's leader in home runs, hit her ninth of the year to drive in Salazar and Stephanie Gutierrez to give the Saints the 12-0 lead.
During the fourth inning, Salazar, Gutierrez and Perez scored runs, and the Saints now led 15-0. After two strikeouts, Steers' Jasmine Lewis connected on her team's first hit of the game, but a pop out by Olivia Salinas ended any scoring opportunities for Texas College as the game ended on the run-rule.
Salazar, Briseno, Hinojosa and Perez each contributed two hits each, while Bourg and Hinojosa added three RBIs each.
|Ramirez allowed just two hits in two games against Texas College.|
On five innings pitched, Ramirez allowed one hit, while striking out six. Texas College committed 10 errors, while the Saints had none. On two innings pitched, Salinas gave up 12 runs and eight hits, while walking eight. Reliever Garner, allowed three runs and three hits.
Texas College began the second game with a hit to centerfield, but a ground out and strike out ended the inning. The Saints' offense got underway after Briseno reached first on a misplayed grounder by third-baseman Mariah Williams. Bourg hit her sixth double of the season to send Briseno home. Hinojosa's hit drove Bourg home, and a Steers' error gave Hinojosa the go-ahead to score the Saints third run to lead 3-0.
The Steers were able to connect on hits during the third, fourth and fifth innings, but none resulted in runs. Bourg recorded her seventh double of the season during the third inning, and Ramos, Ximenez, Perez, Quiroga and Stone each got hits through the sixth inning, but no other runs were scored, so the game ended with the 3-0 win for the Saints.
On three innings pitched, Miller allowed two hits, while walking one and striking out five. Quiroga allowed three hits, while walking one and striking out four.
Bourg and Perez each went 2 for 3, with Bourg, Hinojosa and Miller each contributed one RBI.
Steers' pitcher Garner allowed nine hits on three runs, while walking one and striking out none.
On the mound for the Saints, Ramirez struck out four of the first six batters she faced. Starting out the second inning was Perez, who singled to center. Miller reached first on a walk, and Ximenez scurried to first on a fielder's choice. After a ground-out by Elizalde, Perez was sent home to score the first run of the game.
After the next six Steers' batters were called out, the Saints entered the fourth inning and Stone hit her third triple of the season to drive in Potts, Elizalde and Ramos. The Saints now led 4-0.
The Steers connected on their first and only hit of the game during the fifth inning, when second-baseman Jasmine Lewis hit the ball to left field. A Saints' error was not enough for the Steers to score.
As black clouds began to form and the temperature dropping significantly, the Saints entered the bottom of the fifth inning hoping to end the game on the run-rule. Bourg started by singling to center, and Perez to left field. A double by Miller drove pinch-runner Hinojosa to score, and a double by Ximenez sent Perez and Miller home. With the score now 7-0, another double by Stone drove both Potts and Salazar to end the game with the 9-0 win.
On five innings pitched, Ramirez allowed one hit and struck out eight. Steers pitcher Garner allowed 10 hits and nine runs, while walking one.
Stone went 2 for 4, while Perez, Miller and Ximenez each went 2 for 3. Stone finished with five RBIs, and Ximenez had two and Miller had one.
The Saints will get set for their last home games of the season when they host Bacone College on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. On Sunday, the Saints will honor seniors Bourg and Potts during a special ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. Game time is set for 11 a.m.
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Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant