SAN ANTONIO (April 21-22. 2012) -- The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) softball team scored 21 runs while limiting the Bacone Warriors to four runs during a three-game series sweep this past weekend.
The wins improve the Saints record to 25-14 overall and 17-4 in the Red River Athletic Conference, and Bacone drops to 19-22 overall and 14-10 in the conference.
OLLU is one-and-a-half games behind league-leader Texas Wesleyan University (22-17/20-4) and three games ahead of third-place Northwood University (19-19/14-7).
This past week, the Saints received a first-place ranking in the conference polls, and for the first-time ever, they received votes in the NAIA Softball Coaches' Top 25 Poll for a No. 36 ranking.
The first game of the series started with Chelsea Schuler belting the ball to center. Karina Watson reached base on a Saints' error, and a sacrifice grounder by Ashley Covington gave Schuler the opportunity to score the first run for the Warriors.
|Amanda Hinojosa hit an|
inside-the-park home run.
The Saints came back again in the second inning to score three more runs. A double from Kimberlee Briseno gave pinch-runner Julie Ramos the go-ahead to score. Kaitlyn Bourg then smacked a homer to right to bring in Briseno, and the Saints now led 6-1.
Saints right-fielder Kailyn Marie Miller shot a double to center and later scored on a Bacone error to give the Saints the 7-1 lead.
The Warriors were able to add one run in the fourth inning after Covington scored. Stone connected on a double in the bottom of the fourth, and pinch-runner Cristina Sendejo, along with Briseno, scored when Bourg hit a double. Perez reached base on an error by Bacone's Keri Schmidt, which sent Briseno and Bourg home and the inning ended with the Saints leading 11-2.
|Coral Salazar gets a runner out at first.|
The Saints were hoping to end the game at the fifth inning on the mercy rule, but the Warriors threatened after a single from Covington gave Watson the opportunity to score. But no other runs were scored, and the Saints took game one 11-3.
Saints pitcher Maegan Ramirez allowed six hits and three runs while walking three and striking out one. Stone, Briseno, Bourg, Hinojosa and Miller each went 2 for 3 with Bourg and Hinojosa adding three RBIs each.
Starting pitcher for the second game, Ruby Ximenez, limited the Warriors to three hits while striking out five in the five innings she pitched. Reliever Sera Quiroga walked one and struck out three in the Saints 6-0 win over the Warriors.
Stone walked to first base in the bottom of the first inning. A single to shortstop from Perez drove Stone in for the Saints's first run.
In the second inning, Ximenez got to base on a walk, and Coral Salazar reached base on a Bacone error. A triple from Meagan Potts sent Ximenez and Salazar home to give the Saints the 3-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Ximenez got a double, and Salazar made it to base after being hit by the pitcher. Another double from Stone drove in Ximenez and pinch-runner Ramos scored two more runs. A single from Briseno sent Stone home to give the Saints the 6-0 lead and the win.
Before the third and final game of the series, seniors Bourg and Potts were honored during a pre-game ceremony.
|Meagan Potts is pictured with|
Coach Kling, her parents, grandfather and sisters.
|Kaitlyn Bourg is pictured with|
her parents and Coach Kling.
Potts was joined at the pitcher's mound by her parents, Angie and Jimmy; her grandfather Milton; and two sisters Paige and Hailee. Potts was a member of the inaugural women's softball team from 2009. She has been a scholar athlete through the Red River Athletic Conference.
Bourg was joined by her parents, Rudy and Sally. She was also a member of the inaugural team that in the first year, were conference tournament quarterfinalists and last year, were semifinalists. Bourg was named to the All-Conference team last year, and in each of the years on the team, she has been named Player of the Week at least once. She is the all-time team leader in at bats, hits and RBIs.
Both Potts and Bourg received a special commemorative framed picture.
Stone put the first run on the scoreboard for the Saints in the first inning. The game stayed at 1-0 through the sixth inning when Bacone scored a run. The Saints' Hinojosa reached base on a single to right to start the rally. Miller walked to first, and Ramirez hit a single to drive in Hinojosa. An infield hit from Potts sent Miller home and Ramirez reached home after a Bacone error. The inning gave the Saints the 4-1 lead, and the Warriors failed to score any runs in the top of the seventh.
In seven innings pitched, starting pitcher Ramirez allowed three hits, while walking four and striking out four. Hinojosa led the offense as she went 2 for 4. She, along with Ramirez and Potts, had one RBI each.
The Saints will play their last games of the regular season on April 27 and April 28 when they face Northwood in Cedar Hill, Texas. After the series, the Saints will prepare for the conference tournament. If the Saints win all three games this weekend, they will be the co-champs of the regular season, along with Texas Wesleyan. However, the three wins will give the Saints the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament since the Saints swept Texas Wesleyan in their series earlier this season.