Lions battle on Senior Night before falling to No. 1 DBU, 1-0.
COMMERCE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team showed toughness in battling Dallas Baptist University, the No. 1 team in the nation, but a late Patriot goal handed the Lions a 1-0 defeat.
The Lions are 2-2-0 in the regular season, and Lone Star Conference play, while DBU is now 9-0-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the LSC.
The Lions have one more regular-season match remaining, playing at Midwestern State in the regular-season finale on Wednesday at 5:00 pm.
– Goalkeeper Jen Peters (Allen) was fantastic all game, making six saves, with some at very close range.
– Cora Welch (Plano Senior) led the Lions with four shots in the game.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lion defense was able to bother a DBU attack which pushed all night, and the home side was able to launch numerous counterattacks. Shots by Lauren Shaw (Livingston – The Covenant Prep), Naomi Sink (Plano – East), Rylie Robertson (Rockwall), and Givens were narrowly wide in a scoreless first half.
Peters made four saves in the first half, which saw DBU carry a 12-5 shots advantage.
A&M-Commerce could send more pressure on offense for 10 minutes soon after the start of the second half. Leslie Campuzano (Garland – Lakeview Centennial) was close on a pair of shots, and the clock saved Welch in the 57th minute.
The crossbar saved the defense in the 63rd minute. A defender clears a ball off the line in the 70th minute. Eventually, though, the DBU pressure gave the guests a goal, as Ashley Merrill put a goal into the bottom right corner in the 83rd minute. With little time to respond, the Lions managed one shot late, but that effort went high, and DBU escaped with a win.
The No. 2 Lions split with No. 24 Angelo State thanks to Dutton’s walk-off hit.
COMMERCE – The No. 2 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team engaged in a classic Lone Star Conference doubleheader battle with No. 24 Angelo State University on Sunday. Each side picked up a win.
The Lions won the opener in walk-off fashion, 3-2, before dropping the second game by a 3-0 score.
A&M-Commerce is now 21-6 overall and 14-2 in the Lone Star Conference, and Angelo State is 17-10 and 9-7 in league play.
The Lions’ next six games are on the road, starting with a non-conference doubleheader at No. 9 Rogers State in Claremore, Okla., at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The Lions will have Easter weekend off, and their next home games are on April 16.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE (Game One)
– Alyssa LeBlanc (Katy) moved her record to 13-2 on the year, striking out 12 and allowing two runs on five hits and six walks. She was also 2-for-3 at the plate.
– Samantha Dutton (Tulsa, Okla.) went 2-for-3 and hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh.
– Madison Schaefer (Frisco – Independence) had a solo homer, her ninth of the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game One)
The Lions fell behind in the top of the first when Ashlyn Lerma walked, stole second, and scored on Courtney Barnhill’s double. The home side immediately tied the game up after Schaefer’s lead off in the bottom of the first with a homer to the right-center.
The Lions extended their lead to 2-1 in the second when LeBlanc led off with a double, and pinch-runner Da’Jia Davis forced the Rambelles into a poor decision. She stole third with the third baseman playing off the bag, and the ASU catcher threw the ball into left field, allowing Davis to score.
A&M-Commerce was limited to three baserunners in the next four innings on singles from LeBlanc, Dutton, and Mackenzie Dugi (St. Hedwig – East Central), with only one runner reaching scoring position.
LeBlanc worked out of numerous jams, stranding three runners in scoring position from the second through sixth innings. ASU tied the game in the top of the seventh after a walk, a single, and a Barnhill RBI single. LeBlanc escaped with no further damage, leaving the bases full.
Kinsie Hebler (Cy-Fair) led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk, and pinch-runner Jasmine Mott (Emory – Rains) moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and stole third. With two outs, Dutton stepped up and laced a single to left to score the winning run.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE (Game Two)
– The two teams combined for only six hits in the game. For the Lions, Ta’Lyn Moody (Mansfield – Legacy) had a single followed by a Dutton double.
– Emily Otto (Lamar Consolidated) was the hard-luck loser, allowing three runs on only four hits.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game Two)
ASU’s Hatty Shope plated the first two runs of the game in the second, with an early two-run homer. It was her first round-tripper of the season.
The Lions left the bases full with one out in the third after the Moody and Dutton hits and a Schaefer walk. Two strikeouts in succession ended the threat.
Otto stranded Rambelles on base in the third and fifth and allowed a run on an RBI groundout in the sixth but was compelling throughout.
The Lions had the leadoff batter reach on walks in the sixth and seventh, but the fielder’s choices erased both, and ASU pitcher Genesis Armendariz held the Lions off the board.
Perera continues high jump dominance to complete Lions’ run at Texas Relays and Texas State.
AUSTIN and SAN MARCOS – After 61 years without a Texas Relays title, the Texas A&M University-Commerce track and field teams earned their second in three days to highlight a solid list of national qualifiers Saturday.
Ushan Perera (Mahabage, Sri Lanka) followed up his 2021 NCAA Division II Indoor National Championship with a personal all-conditions best of 2.28 meters (7′ 5 ¾”). It set a collegiate-best for the outdoor season, is third-best in the world this outdoor season, and is a Sri Lankan all-conditions national record. He won the competition by eight centimeters (3 ¼”).
The jump is the sixth-best in Division II history and the sixth high jump Texas Relays championship for the Lions, joining Hunt (first name unknown) in 1938 and 1939, and Lion Athletics and NAIA Track and Field Hall of Famer Charles Holding in 1952, 1953, and 1954. The Lions now have ten total Texas Relays championships.
A&M-COMMERCE ALL-TIME TEXAS RELAY CHAMPIONS
|1938||Hunt||High Jump||6′ 2″|
|1939||Hunt||High Jump||6′ 5″|
|1941||Randolph Harris||Pole Vault||12′ 6″|
|1942||Cook||Javelin||207′ 6 ¾”|
|1952||Charles Holding||High Jump||6′ 9″|
|1953||Charles Holding||High Jump||6′ 6″|
|1954||Charles Holding||High Jump||6′ 7 ¾”|
|1960||James Baird||Long Jump||24′ 10 ¼”|
|2021||Nicodemus Rotich||3,000-Meter Steeplechase||8:50.48|
|2021||Ushan Perera||High Jump||2.28m (7′ 5 ¾”)|
The women’s 4×400 meter relay team of Danielle Nicholson (McKinney – North), Dejanee Washington (Houston – Eisenhower), Atiana Alexander (San Antonio – Taft), and Minna Svaerd (Karlstad, Sweden) improved on their qualifying time and placed fifth in the finals with a time of 3:43.26, which is the fastest time in Division II this season.
In San Marcos, the men’s 4×100 meter relay team of Andre Norman (Celina), Delan Edwin (St. Lucia), Stadrian Taylor (Lancaster), and Malcolm Woods (Sachse) completed the race in 41.00 seconds flat, achieving a provisional qualifying time for the national meet.
The Lions return to action late next week at the David Noble Relays at Angelo State.
The No. 2 Lions welcome No. 24 Rambelles for Sunday matinee doubleheader.
COMMERCE – The No. 2 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team faces another tough Lone Star Conference series on Sunday, hosting No. 24 Angelo State University.
WHO: Angelo State at A&M-Commerce
WHERE: Commerce | John Cain Family Softball Field
WHEN: 1:00 pm on Sunday, March 28
RECORDS: A&M-Commerce is 20-5 overall and 13-1 in the Lone Star Conference. Angelo State is 16-9 overall and 8-6 in LSC action.
RANKINGS: A&M-Commerce is second nationally in the NFCA Division II Coaches Poll, and Angelo State is ranked 24th in the nation.
LIVE VIDEO: LSC Digital Network
The Lions are ranked second nationally, tying the highest-ever national ranking for the program. North Georgia is the No. 1 team, and neither team was voted lower than second in the nation, with UNG getting ten first-place votes and A&M-Commerce getting six.
The Lions lead the nation in shutouts, with 11 blankings in 25 games, tied with Lubbock Christian. It is in large part due to a 3.88 strikeout-to-walk ratio which ranks 23rd nationally. Alyssa LeBlanc ranks fourth nationally with 106 strikeouts, and her 12 wins in the circle are third in the nation behind Erskine’s Hanna Houge (14) and Oklahoma Christian’s Kali Crandall (13).
Madison Schaefer now ranks third in the LSC in batting average (.473), second in home runs (8), second in slugging percentage (.865), and first in on-base percentage (.598). Schaefer and Kinsie Hebler tied for the LSC lead in walks drawn with 22.
On the opponent
The Rambelles rank just behind the Lions in terms of team batting average at .317 but have allowed a 4.07 ERA. They were limited to one run in the doubleheader at UT-Tyler on Friday.
Madison Fernandez leads the LSC with a .869 slugging percentage, and Ashlyn Lerma is sixth in the league in batting average at .436. Makayla Corbin has a 3.02 ERA and allowed a .248 average against
In the series history
The Rambelles have a 14-7 all-time lead in the series, with a 4-3 record over A&M-Commerce in Commerce. The Lions won all four games in 2019, and the teams did not get to play in 2020.
Women’s Soccer welcomes top-ranked DBU into the Lions’ den for Senior Day.
COMMERCE – The A&M-Commerce Lions have a quick turnaround from an overtime game on Friday to date with the top team in the country on Sunday, No. 1 Dallas Baptist. Seniors will be honored on the final home game of the season.
WHO: No. 1 Dallas Baptist at A&M-Commerce
WHERE: Commerce | Lion Soccer Field
WHEN: 7:00 pm on Sunday, March 28
RECORDS: A&M-Commerce is 2-1-0 overall and 2-1-0 in Lone Star Conference play.DBU is 8-0-1 overall and 3-0-1 in LSC action.
TELEVISION/LIVE VIDEO: LSC Digital Network
Head Coach Nail Piper, who will coach the Lions for the 23rd season this spring, leads A&M-Commerce. He has a 259-144-38 record. He has moved up to 15th among active Division II coaches and 24th in Division II all-time in coaching victories.
The Lions have six points in LSC play and face two matches in four days to close the regular season. The game on Sunday is the opportunity to recognize seniors Madison Zick (Arlington), Katie Givens (Rockwall), and Izzy Ward (McKinney – Boyd).
A&M-Commerce ranks second in the LSC in scoring at 3.0 goals per game, and the Lions’ 9.3 shots on goal per game rank third in the league. The Lions are also second in the conference in assists with 2.7 per game.
Campuzano leads the LSC with 8.0 shots per game and 4.0 points per contest, comprising four goals, four assists, and 12 total points through three matches.
Goalkeepers Jen Peters (Allen) and Lauren Banning (Pflugerville) split time in goal, but it is Banning who has taken the decisions with a 2-1 record and leads with 8 of the 15 saves this season. She also has a 1.8 goals-against average.
On the opponent
Dallas Baptist is sitting atop the LSC standings and ranks as the No. 1 team in the entire country. They average 3.6 goals per game, good for second-best in the country and tops in the LSC. DBU’s score not only gives up a mere .78 goals per game, resulting in a margin of +2.78 per match.
The Patriots enter the game as the highest-scoring team in the conference. They earn 9.9 each time out on the pitch this season.
As a goalkeeping unit, the Patriots rack up saves at an 81.6-percent rate in the conference; 27 of the 31 saves and 688-plus minutes in goal belong to Adrianna Schroeder.
Schroeder and Hailey Brown split time in goal for DBU, but Schroder has been the keeper of record more times than not as she holds a 6-0-1 record to this point in the season, a save percentage of 79.4. She owns 27 of the 31 team saves and allows .92 goals per game.
In the series history
It is the 23rd meeting between the two teams, with A&M-Commerce leading the series 17-5-0. The Patriots took the last matchup in 2019, 2-1, but the Lions took five of the past seven matches against DBU.
Women’s mile relay, Rotich, stands out in Friday’s 512 swings.
AUSTIN and SAN MARCOS – The Texas A&M University-Commerce’s track and field teams had two standout performances in the 512 area code at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays and Texas State Invitational on Friday.
The night after winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Texas Relays, Nicodemus Rotich (Eldoret, Kenya) won the 5,000-meter run at the Texas State Invitational of 14:20.08, which is a provisional qualifying time.
The women’s 4×400 meter relay team of Danielle Nicholson (McKinney – North), Dejanee Washington (Houston – Eisenhower), Atiana Alexander (San Antonio – Taft), and Minna Svaerd (Karlstad, Sweden) qualified for the finals at Texas Relays with a time of 3:46.29, which is a provisional qualifying time and the fastest time in Division II this season.
Micky Ferdinand (Micoud, St. Lucia) cleared 2.12 meters (6′ 11 ½”) to place second in the men’s high jump B flight, earning a provisional qualifying mark.
The Lions have three entries remaining to compete in the Texas Relays on Saturday.
|11 a.m.||Men’s Triple Jump B Flight||Darien Redd|
|2:45 p.m.||Men’s High Jump A Flight||Ushan Perera|
|4:50 p.m.||Women’s 4×400 Meter Relay Final|
The No. 2 Lions tie school-record win streak at 16 games and split with LCU.
COMMERCE – The No. 2 ranked Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team tied the longest winning streak in school history in the opening game of action Friday, splitting a doubleheader with Lubbock Christian University.
The Lions won the opener 4-3, and the Lady Chaps won the nightcap 9-6.
A&M-Commerce is now 20-5 overall and 13-1 in the Lone Star Conference, while LCU is 18-9 overall and 8-6 in the league.
The Lions close out their homestand on Sunday with a 1:00 pm doubleheader against No. 24 Angelo State.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE (Game One)
– Madison Schaefer (Frisco – Independence) reached base on all four chances with two singles and two walks. She had two steals and scored twice.
– Emily Otto (Lamar Consolidated) pitched 5.0 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and a walk for the win, moving to 8-2 on the year. LeBlanc earned her second save of the season with 2.0 shutout innings on two hits with a walk and a strikeout.
HOW IT HAPPENED (Game One)
Schaefer led off the bottom of the first with a single, stole second, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on a Modrego single to give the Lions an early 1-0 lead.
LCU tied the game in the top of the second when Tyla Lee led off with a solo homer to center, but the Lions regained the lead in the second. LeBlanc led off with a single, moved to third on an error, and scored on Slider’s groundout to make it 2-1.
The Lion defense kept the Lady Champs off the fourth board when LCU hit three straight singles. Still, Mackenzie Dugi (St. Hedwig – East Central) lasered a ball in from center to Slider, who fired home to Avery Boley (Fort Worth – Nolan Catholic) to gun down the tying run at the plate. LCU did manage to tie the game in the fifth on Skylar Herrera’s two-out RBI double.
A&M-Commerce regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth after Samantha Dutton (Tulsa, Okla.) beat out an infield single, stole second, and moved to third on a Schaefer single. That duo executed a perfect delayed double steal to retake the lead. A Dugi single and hit batter loaded the bases, and LeBlanc drew a walk to make it 4-2.
LCU’s Lee homered again to lead off the sixth, and the next batter walked before Boley and Slider turned a beautiful 3-6-3 double play to minimize any damage. The Lady Chaps’ Kamryn Gibbs doubled to lead off the seventh, but LeBlanc shut LCU’s next three batters down without the ball leaving the infield.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE (Game Two)
– Dutton went 2-for-3 with a double and was the only Lion with multiple hits.
– Schaefer hit a two-run homer and walked twice.
– Modrego scored twice, with a four-base error in the fourth and a two-run homer in the fifth.
– LeBlanc was tagged with the loss to fall to 12-3 on the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lady Chaps came out swinging early, collecting seven hits and six runs in the first two innings, including a three-run double by Herrera.
Modrego laid down a bunt to lead off the fourth, and an errant throw by the LCU pitcher traveled to the fence in right-field, and the Spaniard scored on the four-base error.
The Lions rallied with two outs in the fifth, starting with a two-out double by Dutton, followed by a Schaefer two-run dinger. Dugi beat out an infield single, and Modrego homered, cutting the lead to one point.
LCU added two unearned runs in the sixth and barely beat out the tag for a sacrifice fly, making it a 9-5 game.
The Lions scrapped back a run after a walk, a single, a passed ball, and a wild pitch, but they left the tying run on deck after a strikeout and a groundout.
Lions end up on the wrong end of a wild 4-3 overtime affair with West Texas.
COMMERCE – The Texas A&M University-Commerce soccer team fought off three separate deficits to force overtime before falling to West Texas A&M, 4-3, on the golden goal.
The Lions fall to 2-1-0 overall and in the Lone Star Conference. The Lady Buffs are now 4-2-0 overall and 4-1-0 in the LSC.
The Lions host Senior Day for the season’s final home game at 7:00 pm, as No. 1 DBU comes to town.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Three different Lions scored their first goal of the season. Skylar Sorrell (Monroe, La.), Melissa Storey (Tyne and Wear, England), and Lauren Shaw (Livingston – The Covenant School) all netted equalizers.
– The Lions were outshot for the first time this season, as the Lady Buffs launched 23 shots to A&M-Commerce’s 13.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lady Buffs were the aggressors early, as the Lions dodged two bullets in the first 20 minutes. WT’s Reagan Matacale missed a penalty kick high in the 18th minute, and Hallie McCarroll (Frisco – Centennial) cleared a shot off the line seconds later.
The Lady Buffs got on the board in the 22nd minute when Maliyah Mendoza scored on Asha James’s assist.
Sorrell tied the game in the 25th minute, sneaking a goal over the line on a great play from the back. Campuzano carried the ball up the left-wing and found Welch in the box. She cut it against the grain to Sorrell, who put the Lions on the board. WT scored four and a half minutes later and would take a 2-1 lead into halftime.
The Lions quickly evened the game up in the second half, as the home side earned a corner kick a minute into the period. Campuzano’s perfect corner found an unmarked Storey, who headed home the second equalizer.
West Texas went ahead for a third time in the 65th on Calista Cordero’s goal, but Shaw launched a shot 40 yards out in the 72nd. WT keeper Reagan Heelan got a finger on the high floater, but not enough to stop a goal that made it a 3-3 game.
WT put a shot off the goal’s frame in the 78th, and a Welch shot was saved in the 88th, sending the match to overtime.
The guests took three shots quickly in the early portions of the overtime, and Cordero was able to put a goal inside the right post in the 98th minute to give WT the win.