The LeTourneau University softball team lost to Mary Hardin-Baylor, 4-1 in the first round of the 2016 ASC Softball Tournament on Thursday in Tyler.
The YellowJackets (20-21), which split the four meetings between the two teams earlier this year, took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Seniors Megan Hill and Rachel Gauspohl each had two hits to lead a nine-hit attack for LeTourneau.
Mary Hardin-Baylor (20-19) scored the final four runs in the come-from-behind win and to advance to Thursday evening’s winner’s bracket game against No. 1 UT-Tyler.
LeTourneau started the scoring in the second inning with sophomore Ashlin Roach reaching on a single up the middle. Next, senior Brianna Williams laid down a sacrifice bunt that the Cru got Roach out at second after she slid past the base.
Later in the inning, with two out, sophomore Kelsie Benson ripped a single to the left field, moving Williams to second base. Next, LeTourneau picked up its second two-out hit of the inning when sophomore Kelsi Coleman hit a single up the middle, scoring Williams from second for a 1-0 lead for the YellowJackets.
The Cru tied it in the fifth inning when Kourtney Bevers hit a solo home run off LETU starter, Kayla Cosby. UMHB took its first lead of the day with two runs on two hits in the sixth for a 3-1 lead; then they added an insurance run in the seventh en route to the win.
Mary Hardin-Baylor reliever Haley Parker, in relief of starter Karen Tennis, pitched the final four innings en route to the win. Parker allowed five hits to the 17 batters she faced raising her record to 8-7. For LETU, Cosby got the loss and fell to 10-9.
The opponent for LeTourneau on Friday will be UT Dallas at 10:00 a.m. in an elimination game for the two teams.
The LeTourneau University men’s tennis team lost to Hardin-Simmons University, 5-2 in the quarterfinals of the 2016 ASC Men’s Tennis Championships on Thursday in Richardson.
The YellowJackets (4-14) started the day with wins at No. 1 and two doubles for an early 2-1 lead in the match. The No. 2 doubles team of Tyler Grove and Caleb Epps were victorious by an 8-3 margin for the first LETU win on the morning. The senior tandem of Michael McLaughlin and Morgan Weaver won by an 8-5 margin at No. 1 doubles.
Hardin-Simmons took the first four flights of singles to pick up the win including a win at No. 3 singles where Weaver dropped a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 win to secure the win.
Next, HSU will face the winner of UT Tyler and Mary Hardin-Baylor on Friday at 10:30 a.m.