The YellowJackets (12-16, 10-13 ASC) rallied to take a 4-3 lead in the fourth before the visiting Lobos plated a run each in the final two innings for the come-from-behind win. LeTourneau senior Megan Hill had two hits and sophomores Kelsie Benson and Ashlin Roach each had back-to-back two RBI singles in the fourth inning.
Isaura Rodriguez, who had three of the nine hits for the Lobos, led Sul Ross State (7-18, 5-14 ASC). Zuriah Leyva had two-run home run in the third inning that put the Lobos ahead 3-0.
Trailing 3-0, the YellowJackets loaded the bases for Roach, who with one out, singled to left the field that scored freshman Kennedi Dillow and junior Courtney Matulis from third and second, respectively. Then, after a ground out, Benson ripped a single up the middle, scoring Roach from second and Hill from third to put the YellowJackets ahead 4-3.
An infield single by SRSU with the bases loaded in the sixth tied the game at 4. With two out in the top of the seventh, Destanie Hernandez singled to right field to score the winning run. A late threat by the YellowJackets ended with sophomore Kelsi Coleman being thrown out at second to end the game.
In the nightcap, LETU junior Courtney Matulis allowed just two hits and the YellowJackets offense recorded eight hits including three from senior Megan Hill.
The YellowJackets took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Two runs came in on a two-run home run by senior Brianna Williams, and another came in a sacrifice fly by Roach.
LETU added its fourth run of the game when junior Kaitlyn Allen brought in Williams from second on an RBI triple to the gap in right-center field. Matulis retired the last ten batters she faced raising her record to 4-2 for the shutout.
The series will be decided in the final game of the three-game series on Saturday at noon in the second annual Fallen Heroes Day. Before the match, LeTourneau softball will recognize select Fallen Heroes and members of their families. Their uniforms prominently display the fallen heroes this season. Members of the Longview Junior ROTC Chapter will present the colors.
A ten-run third inning by visiting Louisiana College erased an early 6-0 deficit to defeat LeTourneau University in baseball on Friday night at Conrad-Vernon Field.
The YellowJackets (6-13, 3-7 ASC) built the early lead with a five-run first and an additional run in the second. LeTourneau brought in three in the first inning with the bases loaded when junior Jacob Simmons emptied the bases with a double.
The Wildcats (5-16, 3-7 ASC) sent 14 batters to the plate in the third inning. In the inning, Louisiana College scored ten times on nine hits including a three-RBI double by Logan Krajcer; plus, Logan Phillips had an RBI single and two-RBI single to lead the Wildcats.
Clinging to a four-run lead, LeTourneau cut into the lead in the fourth inning. With two outs, senior Taylor Empkey doubled for his third hit of the night. Then, junior Kyle Jacobs picked up his second of three hits, scoring Empkey from second to trim the deficit to three. Next, senior Brandon Applewhite hit a double to the gap in left-center field, scoring Jacobs to make it a two-run contest.
The win snaps an eight-game losing streak for the Wildcats. For LeTourneau, Empkey and Jacobs each had three hits, Applewhite, Simmons and senior Dylan Wadyko added two apiece to lead a 14-hit attack for the YellowJackets, who had double-digit hits for the seventh game of the season. LETU’s senior, Boone Privette in relief, pitched 6.2 innings of scoreless relief and struck out ten. It is the first time in five games that when the YellowJackets had scored seven or more run that they were on the losing side of the ledger.
The series is still up for grabs and will be decided in a doubleheader on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Conrad-Vernon Field.