No. 18 Lions shut out ENMU 10-0 to earn series sweep
By Texas A&M University-Commerce
Mar 9, 2019
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Commerce, Texas -- The No. 18 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team defeated Eastern New Mexico 10-0 on Saturday afternoon. The Lions gave up just two hits and hit a trio of homers to get the shutout win.
The win brings the Lions to 20-6 on the season and 9-3 in the Lone Star Conference. The Greyhounds fall to 10-10 and 6-6 in conference play.
The Lions return to action on Friday as they face West Texas A&M on the road. The teams will meet at 6 p.m. in a single game before playing in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. All games will be played at Schaeffer Park in Canyon.
- Bri Sims (Rowlett) hit a pair of homers. She hit a three-run homer to right field in the second inning and a two-run homer to left in the fourth. She had five RBI's on the day.
- Jodie Hill (Heavener, Okla.) hit a three-run home run of her own in the second inning.
- Ciera Nunez (Amarillo Randall) drove in two runs and had a pair of hits. She also scored.
- Kayla Kilcrease (Kerens), Kinsie Hebler (Cypress Cy-Fair), Allie Thompson (Lindale), Madison Schaefer (Frisco Independence), Chealsea Slider (Texarkana Texas HS) and Kynslee Noriega (Kyle - Lehman) each scored a run.
- Emily Otto (Richmond Lamar Consolidated) pitched four innings, giving up just two hits and striking out four. She earned her 13th win of the season. Hebler pitched the final inning, striking out two.
- The Lions scored all 10 of their runs with two outs.
- On getting 10 runs across: "We stayed focused. We picked our pitches and made them pay for it. I'm proud of how our hitter performed at the plate all weekend."
- On the defense getting another shutout: "It starts with Otto in the circle. She is pitching very well. She threw around their bats. They didn't hit the ball hard and when they did, our defense made plays behind her. She has been doing very well and that certainly gives your defense a chance to make great plays behind her."
Otto struck out a Greyhound in both the first and the second innings. After a scoreless first for A&M-Commerce, the Lions busted the game open in the second inning.
After Slider reached on a single and Noriega also reached, Nunez doubled to bring both runners home. Nunez and Schaefer then scored on a home run from Hill. After Kilcrease and Hebler drew walks, Sims hit an opposite-field home run. In all, the Lions scored eight in the inning, all of which came with two outs.
Otto struck out two more in the third inning and retired the side in the fourth inning as well without giving up a run. The Lions added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Hebler walked and she came home on a home run to left from Sims. The Lions led 10-0 after four.
Hebler pitched the final inning in relief and struck out two Greyhounds, preserving the shutout win to earn the series sweep.