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Neither of us is capable of winning
Lions win 10-3 to sweep UTPB, win streak goes to 8 games

ODESSA– The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team recorded its 20th win of the season with a 10-3 win over UT-Permian Basin. The win completed the series sweep of the Falcons.

The win brings the Lions to 20-8 and 8-4 in the Lone Star Conference. UTPB falls to 5-23 and 2-10 in conference play.

The Lions return home for a doubleheader on Tuesday against Texas A&M-International. The games start at 11 a.m. at the John Cain Family Softball Complex. The doubleheader is part of Education Day presented by Alliance Bank.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Mariah Jameyson had four hits, including two home runs in the game. She scored three runs and drove in five. Her slugging percentage was 2.500.
– Kinsie Hebler had two hits and two RBIs. She also scored one run.
– Baylea Higgs, Ciera Nunez, December Rivers, Chealsea Slider and Precious Thompson also had two hits.
– Slider and Higgs also had RBIs. Nunez scored two runs, while Tyler Oppenheim and Jordyn Sharp each scored a run.
– Oppenheim had two stolen bases. Higgs and Thompson both had one.
– Selena Rima had the three-inning save. She struck out four batters and didn’t give up an earned run. Katie Dean started for the Lions and gave up just one hit in four innings pitched.

HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions got on the board quickly in the first. Higgs and Nunez had singles to lead off then Higgs came home on a single from Jameyson. A double play ended the inning with the Lions leading 1-0.

It was a quick three-up three-down inning for Dean in the bottom of the first. The Lions then looked to add to their lead. Slider got a base hit then a double from Thompson. But the Lions could not get the runners around.

In the bottom of the second, UTPB tied up the game. After a leadoff walk, the runner advanced on a groundout and was then driven home on the double off the centerfield fence to score. The game was tied 1-1 after two innings.

The Lions got the lead back in the top of the third. Jameyson reached on a single and then was brought home on the double from Slider. The Lions took the 2-1 lead into the bottom of the third. It was three-up and three-down for the Falcons in the bottom of the third.

The Lions added to their lead in the top of the fourth inning. Oppenheim had a single and then stole the second and third base. She was driven in on a single from Higgs. She, in turn, stole second and reached third on a single from Nunez, who took second base after no one covered the bag. They were both driven home on a single from Hebler. The Lions led 5-1 after four innings.

Thompson had a bunt single in the top of the fifth inning and proceeded to steal second base. She advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, but the next two Lion hitters could not get her home.

The Falcons put together a rally in the bottom of the fifth inning. The two leadoff batters reached via walk. An infield hit scored a run and, after another walk, a single scored the second run for the Falcons. The Lions led 5-3 after five innings.

The Lions responded in the top of the sixth. Hebler had a single and then she was driven home by a home run from Jameyson. The Lions led 7-3 after six. Rima had a strikeout in the bottom of the inning and retired the side in order.

The Lions put up three more runs in the top of the seventh. Sharp scored on an error, and then Nunez scored on another home run from Jameyson, bringing Lion’s lead to 10-3. Rima got the final three outs to record the save.

 

SOFTBALL
Hebler pitches program-first no-hitter, Lions get two wins over UTPB

ODESSA– The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team got two wins over UT-Permian Basin on Friday. The Lions won the first game 8-3 and the second game 15-0 in five innings, the second-highest margin of victory in school history. The Lions did not give up a hit in the second match.

The wins bring the Lions to 19-8 and 7-4 in the Lone Star Conference. UTPB falls to 5-22 and 2-9 in conference play.

The Lions finish the series against the Falcons with a game on Saturday. The game will begin at 1 p.m. at the UTPB Softball Complex in Odessa.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Kinsie Hebler pitched a five-inning no-hitter in game two, the first no-hitter in program history. She also had a home run in the first game against UTPB, giving her a team-leading six home runs on the year. She went 3-of-6 overall, scoring three runs and batting in three runs.
– Selena Rima got her third win of the week. She pitched a complete seven innings in the first game, striking out four batters while only giving up one walk and six hits.
– The Lions hit six doubles in the nightcap, the most in a single game in school history. The Lions had three consecutive doubles in the top of the first.
– Baylea Higgs had five hits, including a triple. She scored five runs and batted in three runs. Higgs also had five stolen bases without getting caught. She now has 30 stolen bases on the season.
– Mariah Jameyson had four hits in seven at-bats. She scored two runs and had three RBIs. She also had a stolen base.
– December Rivers had three hits, including a three-run home run in the second game. She had five RBIs.
– Jordyn Sharp went 3-of-6, including the first home run of her career in the opener. She scored three runs and batted in two. She also stole two bases.
– Ciera Nunez had three hits, scoring three runs and batting in two. She also stole two bases.
– Tyler Oppenheim had three hits, scoring twice. She also stole four bases.
– Johnna Sturm, Cally Pausewang and Cherie Jackson also had RBIs. Pausewang, Precious Thompson, Courtnee Jones and Kayla Kilcrease all scored runs. Thompson, Kilcrease, and Vanessa Avina all had stolen bases.
– In all, the Lions stole 17 bases without being caught once. The Lions hit .455 in the two games, recording 30 hits and 23 runs.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Game 1)
The Lions had a single in the first inning, but nothing came of it. After a three-up, three-down bottom of the first, the Lions strung together two hits with two outs in the top of the second. An Oppenheim single advanced Thompson after he had a double. Oppenheim then stole second base, but both base runners were stranded.

Rima got a strikeout in the bottom of the second, and the Lions then went to work. In the top of the third, Higgs led off with a bunting single and then stole second base. After advancing on a groundout, she was brought home on an error. Jameyson then had a single to put runners on first and second. She along with Kilcrease stole bases. Rivers then came and grounded out but scored Higgs. Jameyson then scored on a wild pitch, and the Lions led 3-0 going into the bottom of the third.

The Falcons responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. After a strikeout from Rima, there were three consecutive singles to load the bases with one out. The next batter then hit a double off of the left-field fence, and all the runners scored. Two more fly outs ended the inning.

The Lions retook the lead in the top of the fourth. Sharp came and hit a home run that just cleared the center field fence. Higgs then came to the plate and singled down the right field line. She stole both second and third base and was driven home on a single from Nunez. She stole second base and was then driven home on a single from Jameyson. The Lions led 6-3 going into the bottom of the fourth.

Rima was locked in the rest of the game. She gave up just two more hits in the final four innings and struck out two batters and grounded a hitter into a double play. Meanwhile, the Lion bats continued to smolder. In the top of the sixth inning, Hebler came to the plate and blasted a pitch that went over the scoreboard in center field.

In the top of the seventh, Rivers had a single and was pinch run for by Jones. After a groundout had advanced her to second, Jones was brought in by a double down the left field line from Sturm. The Lions took an 8-3 lead.

The final three batters went down to seal the complete game win for Rima.

HOW IT HAPPENED (Game 2)
The Lions got on the board quickly in the nightcap. Higgs got a single and then stole second base. Nunez, Hebler, and Jameyson each had doubles to drive in runs and the Lions led 3-0 after the first inning.

After retiring the side in order, the Lion hitters again went to work. Oppenheim led off with a double. Sharp then came to the plate and singled and stole second. Higgs then came up and singled through the right side, scoring Oppenheim. Nunez then singled in the infield to load the bases. Hebler came up and flew out to center, scoring Sharp. The Lions led 5-0.

After another quick inning that included a strikeout for Hebler, the Lion offense exploded in the top of the third. Thompson singled on a bunt then stole second. Oppenheim then reached and stole second base. Sharp came to the plate and singled to right field, scoring a run. After Sharp had stolen second base, Higgs hit a triple to drive in two runs. Jackson then pinch-hits and reached base, scoring Higgs. Nunez then pinch-ran and stole second base. After a walk to Hebler, Jameyson singled and scored Sharp. Rivers then came and hit a home run to center field, driving in three runs. In all, the Lions scored eight runs in the inning.

After another hitless inning, the Lions scored two more runs in the top of the fourth. Higgs hit a single and stole second base again. Pausewang came to the plate and doubled to center field to score a run. She then scored on the double from Rivers.

After neither team had scored in the next inning, the Falcons came up for their last shot to cut into the lead. Hebler didn’t have it. After a foul out, she recorded the final two outs via strikeout to complete the no-hitter.

 

TRACK

 

Windham sets school record in 400m; Lions earn eight provisional qualifying marks in first outdoor weekend

The Texas A&M University-Commerce track and field teams started the outdoor season of 2017 off with a school record and eight NCAA provisional qualifying marks.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the women’s team sent heptathletes to the Angelo State Spring Break Multis, with two Lions earning NCAA provisional marks. Shanecia Baker scored 4,735 points, and Jessica Clay scored 4,505 points in the seven-discipline event for their provisional marks.

On Saturday, the Lions competed at the TCU Invitational and saw a school record fall. Dedrian Windham ran the 400 meters in a time of 47.28 seconds, taking down a two-year-old record. That is currently the fastest Division II time in the nation as well.

Jasmine Roberts’ leap of 12.35 meters in the women’s triple jump is the longest in Division II this season, earning her a provisional qualifying mark.

The 4×100 meter relay team of Malcolm Woods, Reggie Kincade, Isaiah McFail, and Devon Sanders notched the fastest Division II time in the nation at 40.56 seconds for a provisional mark as well.

Sanders’ time of 21.38 in the 200 meters is a provisional mark and the second-best in Division II at this early stage in the season.

DeVontae Steele hit a provisional qualifying mark of 14.83 meters in the triple jump, the third-longest jump in Division II so far this outdoor season.

Markie Abbott hit a provisional qualifying mark in the women’s high jump at 1.73 meters, which is the third-best in Division II this season – only 2 centimeters off the tops in the nation.

The Lions will participate in a pair of meets next weekend, with Rice hosting the Victor Lopez Invitational March 23-25, and UT Arlington hosting the Bobby Lane Invitational on March 24-25.

 

Josh Manck
Assistant Athletics Director for Communications | Texas A&M University-Commerce