Softball picks up a 9-1 walk-off win over St. Edward’s in the home opener.
COMMERCE– The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team defeated St. Edward’s 9-1 on Wednesday afternoon. The Lions had a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning and won the game in the sixth inning on a walk-off double. The teams started the second match that weather halted. It will pick up where it left off when the Lions meet the Hilltoppers in Austin in March.
The win brings the Lions to 5-1 on the year while it was the opening game of the season for SEU.
The Lions return to action on Friday in the first two games of their five-game tournament over the weekend. They will face Newman at 1:30 p.m. and Oklahoma Baptist at 3:30 p.m. The Lions will also play a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Kinsie Hebler hit a three-run home run in the first inning. She had four RBIs on the day with two hits in three at-bats.
– Mariah Jameyson went 3-for-3 in the game with three RBIs.
– Ciera Nunez had two hits and two runs scored. She also had two stolen bases.
– Chealsea Slider had two hits and one RBI. Slider had an RBI double that ended the game. Jodie Hill also had a single. Vanessa Avina had an RBI walk.
– Hebler, Hill and Baylea Higgs all had one stolen base.
– Emily Otto pitched a complete game and had three strikeouts and no earned runs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hilltoppers were first to bat and the second batter reached on an error. The next batter singled and the Hilltoppers were first on the board, leading 1-0 after the top of the first. Otto had two strikeouts in the inning and not credited with an earned run.
The Lion offense took off right away in the bottom of the first inning. Nunez drew a walk and stole second base. Higgs also drew a walk and Hebler came to the plate with two runners on bases. She smashed a pitch over the right-center field fence and gave the Lions a 3-1 lead. The next three batters reached to load the bases, but the next three batters retired in order, and the Lions took a 3-1 lead into the second inning.
After the Hilltoppers retired in order in the top of the second, the Lions added two runs in the bottom of the second. Nunez singled and stole second. Higgs walked, and Hebler reached on a fielder’s choice. Higgs and Hebler both stole bases to have two runners in scoring position. Jameyson then singled to center to score both runs. The Lions led 5-1 after two complete innings.
Neither team could get a rally going in the third inning, and the Hilltoppers again struggled in the fourth inning, going three-and-out. The Lions then added three more runs in the fourth. Hill singled and stole second. Nunez then reached, and runners were on second and third. Hebler drove in a run on a fielder’s choice, and then Jameyson singled through the left side to score another run. Slider drew a walk to load the bases, and another base-on-balls to Avina brought in the runner. The Lions led 8-1 after four innings.
Otto had another strikeout in the fifth inning, but the Lions could not get anything going in the bottom of the fifth, and the score remained the same. After a quick top of the sixth inning, the Lions got the run they needed. Hebler doubled to center field, and she scored on the double from Slider, ending the game in the sixth.
In the second game, the teams fought in a pitchers’ duel. The Lions scored runs in the third and fourth innings and hold a 2-0 lead in the game that completes in March in Austin.
National Champion Lions add 52 high school signees on National Signing Day 2018.
COMMERCE – Texas A&M University-Commerce Head Football Coach Colby Carthel has announced 52 signees on National Signing Day 2018 for the 2017 NCAA Division II National Champion Lions.
Watch the video HERE for Carthel’s comments at his National Signing Day press conference.
Biographical information on each signee is available at http://www.LionAthletics.com/NSD18.
2018 A&M-COMMERCE FOOTBALL SIGNEES
|Emmanuel Adagbon||Mesquite, Texas||Mesquite Horn HS||5’11||205||K|
|Jason Bailey-Day||Fort Worth, Texas||Southwest HS||6’1||205||RB|
|Devon Beamon||Forney, Texas||North Forney HS||6’1||288||DL|
|Mike Bell||Round Rock, Texas||Round Rock HS||6’3||210||LB|
|Davion Bradley||Houston, Texas||Cypress Ridge HS||6’0||173||DB|
|Zion Burrell||Houston, Texas||Lamar HS||6’2||190||DB|
|Christian Burrell||Dallas, Texas||Richardson HS||6’3||240||DL|
|Bryson Cain||Katy, Texas||Cinco Ranch HS||6’4||240||A|
|Rafael Carbajal||Fort Worth, Texas||North Side HS||6’2||200||LB|
|Jaired Chamberlain||Trophy Club, Texas||Byron Nelson HS||6’3||230||LB|
|Gus Charles, Jr.||Houston, Texas||Aldine Davis HS||6’1||175||WR|
|Colin Christman-Gourley||Houston, Texas||Stratford HS||6’3||290||DL|
|Sergio Cruz||Hereford, Texas||Hereford HS||6’4||270||DL|
|Johnathan Figueroa||San Juan, Texas||PSJA Early College HS||5’9||165||K|
|Gerard Franklin||New Orleans, La.||Dallas Lakehill Prep.||6’2||176||DB|
|Donovan Gray||Huffman, Texas||Huffman Hargrave HS||5’8||180||UTL|
|Noah Harris||Stratford, Texas||Stratford HS||6’7||285||OL|
|Dallas Heinemann||Arlington, Texas||Arlington HS||6’5||280||OL|
|Trevor Howard||San Antonio, Texas||Tarkington HS||6’0||170||DS|
|Cameron Howe||Houston, Texas||Waltrip HS||6’3||220||QB|
|Jack Hurd||The Colony, Texas||The Colony HS||6’2||200||DB|
|Bryson Jenkins||Frisco, Texas||Frisco Centennial HS||6’1||195||LB|
|Jordan Johnson||Tomball, Texas||Tomball Memorial HS||6’3||205||LB|
|Devin Johnson||Shreveport, La.||Woodlawn HS||5’11||180||WR|
|Benil Johnson||Houston, Texas||St. Pius X HS||6’3||260||DL|
|Dwight Johnson||Beaumont, Texas||Legacy Christian Acad.||6’6||255||DE|
|TKai Lloyd||Allen, Texas||Allen HS||5’11||181||DB|
|Cameron Macon||Dallas, Texas||Dallas Carter HS||6’3||180||WR|
|Chauncey Martin||Texarkana, Texas||Pleasant Grove HS||6’0||192||RB|
|Ryan McCoy||Frisco, Texas||Independence HS||6’0||275||DL|
|Brayden Miller||Keller, Texas||Keller HS||6’2||215||LB|
|Ryan Moore||Sugar Land, Texas||George Ranch HS||6’3||220||LB|
|Nick Murphy||Dallas, Texas||Bryan Adams HS||6’2||170||WR|
|Stephen Nevarez||Magnolia, Texas||Magnolia West HS||6’4||305||OL|
|Jaelyn Nolan||Brownfield, Texas||Brownfield HS||6’2||177||QB|
|Jacquez Owens||Crystal River, Texas||Brazoswood HS||6’2||210||DL|
|Lance Pena||Houston, Texas||Klein HS||6’3||190||QB|
|Vernell Pittman||Houston, Texas||Bellaire HS||6’6||308||OL|
|JP Pleasant||Burleson, Texas||Burleson HS||6’0||280||DL|
|Mekhi Roberson||Oak Cliff, Texas||South Oak Cliff HS||6’0||180||DB|
|Nathan Shirley||Huntsville, Texas||Huntsville HS||6’6||214||A|
|Jarvis Smith||Spring, Texas||Spring HS||5’9||170||DB|
|Nick Swaney||Friendswood, Texas||Friendswood HS||6’2||180||WR|
|Daryion Taylor||Humble, Texas||Atascocita HS||6’0||160||DB|
|Isaiah Terrell||Waco, Texas||Waco La Vega HS||6’1||175||DB|
|Shawn Thomas||Katy, Texas||George Bush HS||5’10||140||UTL|
|Kelso Thomas||San Antonio, Texas||Churchill HS||6’6||257||OL|
|Jireh Thompson||Houston, Texas||Jersey Village HS||5’8||175||DB|
|Christian Wise||Houston, Texas||Bellaire HS||6’0||170||DB|
|Tevin Wofford||Waxahachie, Texas||Waxahachie HS||6’4||185||WR|
|Chance Work||Sunnyvale, Texas||Sunnyvale HS||6’0||185||DS|
|Jacob Zepeda||Leander, Texas||Rouse HS||5’10||152||K|
Lion Soccer announces three signees on National Signing Day.
COMMERCE – Texas A&M University-Commerce head soccer coach Neil Piper has announced the addition of three players on National Signing Day 2018.
Defender/midfielder Amber Crews, goalkeeper Cassie Hurley, and forward/midfielder Karissa Rulander will join the Lions for the 2018 fall season.
“Overall the class is smaller than usual because we return many talented players,” Piper said. “I would expect to add three or four more players to this group as we progress.”
Crews comes to Commerce from Lewisville High School, where she was a four-year letter winner for the Fighting Farmers. The 5-foot-6 defender/midfielder scored three goals as a defender in 2017 and was named First Team All-District as a sophomore and a junior. Lewisville is in the midst of its season, and Crews was named varsity captain as a senior.
“Amber is a good defensive-minded player who is very athletic and is good in the air. She can play either central defense or in the midfield and fits well with our system,” Piper said.
Hurley joins the Lions from Horn High School in Mesquite, where she is a three-year letter winner in soccer and one-year letter winner in bowling for the Jaguars. She was named District Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore and Second Team All-District as a junior. Hurley earned All-Academic honors as both a sophomore and a junior and was named team captain before her senior.
“Cassie is goalkeeper with good size who is pretty mobile. She is a player with huge upside and I anticipate her competing for playing time,” Piper said.
Rulander is a four-year letter winner in soccer at Clear Falls High School, where she started all four years at forward. She scored 15 goals as a freshman, had four goals and four assists as a sophomore, and two goals and seven assists as a junior. She was named Newcomer of the Year, All-County Honorable Mention, and Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman. As a sophomore, she was a candidate for the VYPE Houston Player of the Year and was named Second Team All-District. She was named First Team All-District and Academic All-District as a junior.
“Karissa is a fast wing player on the left side, who can play up front or at the back. She will have an immediate effect on our team,” Piper said.
Otto, Hebler win LSC Softball Player of the Week honors after impressive opening week.
RICHARDSON– Texas A&M University-Commerce softball players Kinsie Hebler and Emily Otto have been named the Lone Star Conference Players of the Week. Hebler was named Hitter of the Week while Otto was named Pitcher of the Week. The awards were announced Tuesday by the conference office.
Hebler– a sophomore from Cypress– had a monster week for the Lions in their first five games of the season. She hit .563 with 10 RBIs, nine hits, and three home runs and slugged an impressive 1.250, recording a hit in each of the games the Lions played. She scored the game-winning RBI in two of the Lions’ four wins, including the walk-off game-winning hit against MSU Denver. Hebler started the week with a home run and two RBIs against New Mexico Highlands in the Lions’ 10-2 win. She then went 3-of-3 with two home runs and five RBIs in the Lions’ 13-0 shutout of Adams State, including the first RBI of the game.
Hebler then had a double and a single with two RBIs in the Lions’ 8-2 win over No. 22 St. Mary’s. She had two hits, including a double, against No. 8 Colorado Mesa. She then had the game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh inning against MSU Denver, beating out the throw in an infield single to plate the winning run with two outs. Hebler leads the LSC in home runs, RBIs, total bases and slugging percentage. She also pitched the Lions’ first game and recorded six strikeouts in four innings.
Otto– a freshman from Richmond–had a stellar debut for the Lions, starting three games and recording 21 strikeouts in 17.0 innings pitched. She went 2-0 on the week, including throwing a complete game in the Lions’ 8-2 win over No. 22 St. Mary’s. The freshman had ten strikeouts in that game and did not issue a walk. For the week, Otto had an impressive 7-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, recording 21 K’s compared to only three walks. The lefty held batters to a .180 average and had an ERA of 1.65.
She made her college debut against Adams State pitching four shutout innings with four strikeouts and gave up just two hits. She also started in the Lions’ 3-2 win over Metro State, pitching six shutout innings and recording seven strikeouts. After the first weekend of action, Otto leads the LSC in strikeouts and is punching out 34 percent of the batters she faces (1.2 batters per inning). These are the first Player of the Week honors in each player’s collegiate career.
The Lions return to action on Wednesday with their home opening series. The Lions host St. Edward’s in a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. at the John Cain Family Softball Complex. Alliance Bank is sponsoring a pregame tailgate at 2 p.m. with free hotdogs and drinks.
LONE STAR CONFERENCE SOFTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Feb. 6 – Kinsie Hebler, A&M-Commerce
Feb. 6 – Emily Otto, A&M-Commerce