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Quick start not enough as No. 8 Lions fall 10-4 to No. 21 Tarleton
By Texas A&M University-Commerce
Apr 11, 2019
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Stephenville, Texas -- The No. 8 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team fell 10-4 to No. 21 Tarleton on Thursday night. The Lions scored the first four runs of the game but were held off the board in the final six innings.
 
The loss brings the Lions to 33-10 on the season and 19-6 in the Lone Star Conference. TSU improves to 31-9 and 15-7 in conference play.
 
The teams will meet again on Friday in a doubleheader. First pitch will be at 1 p.m. at the Tarleton Softball Complex in Stephenville.
 
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Avery Boley (Fort Worth Nolan Catholic) had a three-RBI double in the first inning. She also scored a run.
- Vanessa Muro (Oak Hills, Calif.) had an RBI single. Jodie Hill (Heavener, Okla.), Kayla Kilcrease (Kerens) and Madison Schaefer (Frisco Independence) also had hits. Hill, Kilcrease and Schaefer also scored a run apiece.
- Emily Otto (Richmond Lamar Consolidated)  pitched a complete game for the Lions. She struck out four batters.
- The Lions scored the first four runs of the game before surrendering 10 unanswered runs.
 
HEAD COACH RICHIE BRUISTER AFTER THE GAME
"We started out great. Our kids came in ready to play. But then we forgot that this was a heavyweight matchup. We got hit in the mouth and knocked down and forgot to get back up. This is two great teams going at it. We just didn't get back off the mat tonight. We'll have to get back up tomorrow."
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions jumped out to a quick lead. Hill bunted for a hit. After two walks loaded the bases, Boley hit a ball deep into the gap to clear the bases on a double. She scored on a single from Muro. TSU scored three in the bottom of the inning to respond. The Lions led 4-3 after one.
 
TSU took the lead in the second with a three-run homer in the second inning. Tarleton led 6-4 after two complete.
 
The Lions had their first two hitters reach in the third but could not bring runs in. The Lions also had two runners reach in the fourth but could not bring them around. TSU added four more runs in the fourth, including a three-run home run to lead 10-4.
 
The Lions did not surrender a run in the final two innings but their offense could not find the rally it needed to get back into the game.