Softball team wins all weekend games

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – SWOSU Softball built a 5-0 lead over Missouri S&T on Sunday morning but the Bulldogs still had to overcome a six-run deficit to earn a 13-11 victory to complete a perfect 4-0 weekend at the Midwestern State Round Robin in Wichita Falls.
The final scheduled game for the Bulldogs was cancelled due to field conditions at the second field being used for games.
SWOSU appeared to put themselves in a great position with five runs on five hits in the top of the second to build an early 5-0 lead. The inning was highlighted by a three-run home run from Tori Hawk, but SWOSU also got an RBI double from Rileigh Ricken and an RBI single from Angelica Davidson to contribute to the lead.
Missouri S&T got two runs back on four hits in the third, but Ricken got a strikeout with the bases loaded to keep the damage minimal. The same could not be said for the fourth inning, when the Miners seized control of the game with nine runs on four hits in an ugly inning that included three errors by the Bulldogs. When the smoke had cleared, S&T had an 11-5 advantage with three frames to play.
The Bulldogs started their comeback in the top of the fifth, when Hawk scored an unearned run by stealing home to make it 11-6. Samantha Householder drew a walk to lead off the seventh inning, setting the stage for Kaytlin Donaldson to hit her second home run of the season, a two-run blast to center that gave the Bulldogs a 12-11 lead with no outs in the inning. After one walk and two hit batters, SWOSU had the bases loaded for Ricken, who came through with a sacrifice fly that scored Miranda West and provided an insurance run for the Bulldogs.
Taya Haney worked around two walks in the bottom of the seventh and got the final two batters of the game to fly out and finish off the Bulldogs fourth straight victory.
“It was a good weekend for our team,” first-year head coach Kim Maher said. “The team found a way to come back and they proved to themselves that they know how to fight for a win.”
The victory completes the weekend sweep for the Bulldogs, who improve to 6-4 on the year, the SWOSU Softball program’s best 10-game record to start a season since 2012.
SWOSU now has a weekend off before playing their first home games of the season and opening Great American Conference play on February 24-25 against Harding.

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