LSC-leading TexAnns hand Zias two losses

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Abigail Tammen drove in both Tarleton State runs and Samantha Swanda won a pitchers' duel from Eastern New Mexico University freshman Amy Smith with a two-hitter in the TexAnns' 2-1 victory over the Zias in the opener of Friday's Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader.
TSU (27-10, 12-2 LSC) got home runs from third baseman Katie Welborn and designated player Bailee Mauldin in a six-run first and rolled to a 9-1 win in the nightcap, ended on the eight-run rule in the bottom of the fifth.
The teams complete the three-game series at 11 a.m. (MDT) today.
Tarleton, which started the day tied for the league lead with Angelo State, clinched its fifth consecutive LSC series win, but had to work hard to nail down the opener.
Tammen broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single to center in the fourth, then delivered Swanda from third with a sacrifice fly to right in the sixth for a 2-0 lead.
Lizzy Velasquez led off the ENMU seventh with a single to center and took second on a wild pitch. She moved to third on a one-out flyout and scored when Josette Aguirre reached on an error by second baseman Alexandria Orr.
Swanda, who had six strikeouts and no walks, then fanned Smith to end it. Smith (3-13) scattered five hits, walked four and struck out three in going the distance.
The TexAnns made short work of ENMU (7-27, 1-13) in the second game. Orr led off the first with a single, Arianna Rodriguez reached on an error and Welborn launched her 11th homer of the season to left-center off freshman Katie Ramsay (1-12).
Swanda followed with a walk and Mauldin drilled her 11th home run, a shot to center. Tammen doubled and eventually scored on the back end of a would-be double steal as Zias catcher Aurelia Sandoval threw out the runner at second.
Ramsay got the Zias on the board in the third off Randi Fentress (13-4) with a one-out homer to left, her fourth of the season. The TexAnns added one in the third and a one-out solo homer from Swanda in the fourth before ending it in the fifth.
Ramsay went 2-for-2 for the Zias.

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