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LeTourneau University

SOFTBALL

The LeTourneau University softball team picked up a 7-3 win over Concordia on Sunday afternoon in Austin.

The win secures the YellowJackets its third American Southwest Conference series and improves LETU to 8-12 (5-9 ASC) overall. The Tornados fall to 6-14 (6-9 ASC).

It is the seventh time in eight wins that LETU has had double-digit hits. Six different players for the YellowJackets had a hit including freshman Kennedi Dillow, who had three hits. All the offense gave plenty of support to junior pitcher Courtney Matulis, who picked up her second win on the weekend. The left-hander allowed seven hits, three runs (two earned) and a strikeout to improve to 3-1. Senior Kayla Cosby pitched a scoreless seventh to close out the contest.

LeTourneau jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning – three of which came in on the inside-the-park, three-run home run by sophomore Ashlin Roach. Earlier in the inning, senior Brianna Williams brought in a pair on a two-out, two-RBI double. An RBI single by Dillow in the second extended the lead to 6-0.

An unearned run by the Tornados in the fifth cut the lead to 6-1 before the YellowJackets answered with a run of its own on a sacrifice fly by senior Megan Hill. The Tornados scored twice on three hits in the sixth, but they were unable to draw no closer with Cosby entering the game in the seventh.

The YellowJackets will travel on Tuesday, Mar. 15 at 5:00 p.m. to face the University of Dallas in a doubleheader in Irving.

The LeTourneau University softball team split a doubleheader with Concordia University, losing game one 8-2 and winning the nightcap, 6-1.

To secure the doubleheader split, LETU called on junior pitcher Courtney Matulis, to silence the Concordia bats. Matulis, who made her fifth start and first since the ETBU series (Feb. 19-20), answered with her first complete game of the season. The Harmony, Texas native raised her record to 2-1 allowing just five hits, an earned run and striking out three. She helped her cause with her fourth straight multi-hit game to lead the YellowJackets, scoring twice as the YellowJackets took advantage of four errors by the Tornados. For LETU freshman, Kennedi Dillow added a pair of hits, and sophomore Kelsie Benson had three RBIs to lead the LETU offense.

With the bases loaded, a ground ball hit by freshman Ashlin Roach was misplayed by the Concordia catcher to allow a pair of runners to score for a 3-1 lead. Then, LETU added another run when the Tornados misplayed a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Bailey Woodard, scoring Roach from second.

LETU added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh on a two-out, two-RBI single by Benson. Earlier in the inning, the YellowJackets loaded the bases with three-straight hits. After a fielder’s choice by Brianna Williams, the sophomore catcher brought in a pair for the final margin.

Concordia scored eight unanswered runs in game one to take the first game of the doubleheader, 8-2.

Williams put the YellowJackets ahead 2-0 at the top of the first with a two-RBI triple to right field. Earlier in the inning, LETU started a one-out rally with a Matulis walk and a bloop single by LETU senior Megan Hill put runners on first and second. After a fielder’s choice, Williams hit a ball to deep right field to score Hill and senior Rachel Gauspohl for an early 2-0 lead.

Concordia came back in its half of the first scoring three times on four hits to take a 3-2 lead. They added to their lead in a two-run second and a run each in the third, fourth and fifth en route to the 8-2 win. In the third, fifth and seventh inning, a pair of stranded base runners kept LETU off the scoreboard.

Tornados’ lead-off hitter Haley Dennett paced an 11-hit attack with three hits and Angelica Arroyo and Olivia Kaase each added two. Brooke Jones had three of the five RBIs in the win. Concordia starting pitcher Shelby Burrus went the distance, striking out four, scattering seven hits to even her record at 3-3.

The YellowJackets will look for its third ASC series in Sunday’s series finale at noon.

BASEBALL

The LeTourneau University baseball team dropped a doubleheader to host McMurry University on Sunday, losing game one (1-0) and game two (6-3).

The YellowJackets (5-9) were the tough-luck losers in game one as the host War Hawks plated the only run in the fifth inning to spoil another strong outing by LETU freshman Andrew Harlan.

In the loss, LETU stranded eight baserunners and recorded six hits as senior Dylan Wadyko led the attack with two hits. After McMurry had scored on an RBI double in the fifth inning, LETU took advantage of a McMurry pitching change to load the bases with two outs before a line drive to center ended the threat.

Despite the loss, Harlan allowed just seven hits, an earned run and struck out six in facing 24 batters in the seven-inning contest.

In the nightcap, a five-run third inning proved to be the difference as the War Hawks posted a 6-3 win over the visiting YellowJackets.

LETU took a 1-0 lead in its half of the third inning on an RBI single by junior Kyle Jacobs, bringing in Taylor Empkey. McMurry came back in its half of the third with five runs on four hits including a three-run home run by Chris Baker. The host War Hawks added an insurance run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly to stretch the lead to 6-1.

The YellowJackets plated their final two runs of the weekend with a two-run home run by Taylor Empkey to start off the ninth inning. Earlier in the inning, senior Sean Sellers doubled to the gap in right-center for his second hit of the game. Sellers, Empkey, and Jacobs, as well as sophomore Rayne Hobbs each, had two hits in the loss.

The YellowJackets come back home for a three-game non-conference series at Denison University, who is making a trek throughout Texas for its Spring Break. The series will get underway on Friday, Mar. 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Conrad-Vernon Field, followed by another single game on Saturday, Mar. 19 at noon.

McMurry University came back from an early 1-0 deficit to defeat the LeTourneau University baseball team, 16-2 in the series opener on Saturday in Abilene.

The YellowJackets (5-7) quickly took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Taylor Empkey, scoring Sean Sellers. To start the game, Sellers picked up the first of three hits on the evening. The senior quickly advanced around the bases, stealing second and third, respectively.

The War Hawks (5-8) erased the 1-0 deficit with a two-run third inning. Then, the bats for McMurry broke the game wide open with a six-run fourth, a five-run sixth and a three-run third before LeTourneau would get back on the scoreboard. 10-different players contributed to a 14-hit attack, including Noah Clarkson, who had a team-high three. Clarkson also had a team-best three RBI and scored twice.

LeTourneau starter Jordan Carns pitched three innings, allowing nine hits, eight runs (six earned) and struck out two to fall to 2-3. The YellowJackets used five pitchers in the contest. McMurry starter John Eric Cortez pitched six innings, scattering four hits and striking out five to improve to 1-3.

Offensively for LeTourneau, Sellers had three hits for his sixth multi-hit game and extended his hitting streak to eight games in the loss. Junior Kyle Jacobs picked up an RBI on a bases-loaded walk to the other run for the YellowJackets in the eighth inning.

The two teams will wrap up the weekend series with a doubleheader on Sunday at noon.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

The LeTourneau University women’s tennis ended its Spring Break trip with a 5-2 win over Transylvania University.

The YellowJackets snapped a three-match losing streak with the win and won both of its doubles matches to start the day.

The LETU tandem of Rachel Morisseau and Terin Murray were victorious, 8-5 at No. 1 doubles and Lauren Rockwell and Morgan Weaver won 8-6 at No. 2 doubles.

The YellowJackets took the momentum from its doubles success into its singles matches. Sophomore Rachel Morisseau picked up a convincing 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles, followed by a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles by Terin Murray. The YellowJackets secured the match with a win by Lauren Rockwell at No. 3 singles, 7-5, 6-4.

The YellowJackets will next face Mary Hardin-Baylor (Friday, Mar. 18 at 1:00 p.m.) in Belton and Concordia (Saturday, Mar. 19 at 1:00 p.m.) in Austin.

MEN’S TENNIS

The LeTourneau University men’s tennis team wrapped up Spring Break with a 5-4 win over Transylvania University in the Gulf Shores, Alabama.

After rain had washed out the competition on Saturday, the YellowJackets snapped a three-game losing streak with the win. LeTourneau began the day winning at No. 2 (Tyler Grove and Caleb Epps) and No. 3 (Kevin Warren and Robby Bundy) doubles.

When the match shifted over to singles, LETU senior Michael McLaughlin was victorious at No. 1 singles with an injury to his opponent. The YellowJackets also were victorious at No. 4 singles as sophomore Robby Bundy defeated Joshua Buckman, 6-4, 6-3. Freshman Caleb Epps picked up the win for the team with a win at No. 6 singles by a 6-2, 7-6 (10-5).

The YellowJackets will next face Mary Hardin-Baylor (Friday, Mar. 18 at 1:00 p.m.) in Belton and Concordia (Saturday, Mar. 19 at 1:00 p.m.) in Austin.