MARSHALL, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' softball team fell in two games against the East Texas Baptist Tigers by final scores of 2-1 and 5-4 on Friday.
Beatriz Lara opened the scoring in game one with a sac fly to center in the first. The Tigers would score another run in the second with Hannah Garcia stealing home on the gimmick play, making it 2-0 Tigers.
Kate Tovar drove in a run for the Cowgirls in the third, but the team was unable to get another one in and fell 2-1.
Both pitchers had a nice outing in game one. Jamie Franks got her first action as a Cowgirl, a junior transfer, and went six innings allowing seven hits and only two runs to a stout Tiger lineup. Lara got the win with eight strikeouts and five hits allowed for ETBU.
Kate Tovar had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Cowgirls and Daniella Solis led the Tigers with two hits.
Game two had a few more fireworks with the Tigers out hitting the Cowgirls with nine hits to eight. Mariah Delgado had a sac fly to put the Tigers up, but junior transfer Mason McCord pulled the Cowgirls back even with her first homerun in the fifth inning.
The Tigers got two more in the sixth, including a Kaitlin Hunter moonshot homerun, to make it 5-3. Karis Hessert answered with her third homer in the last two days, but the Cowgirls couldn't get another in and fell 5-4.
McCord had a three-hit game with a double and the homer to lead the Cowgirls and Delgado led the Tigers with three RBIs.
Kaylen Washington started for the Cowgirls and threw four and a third innings with six hits and three runs allowed. Williams came in to finish and only allowed three hits in the loss.
Preslye Cox started for the Tigers and went five and two-thirds innings with seven hits and three runs allowed. Solis got the win and Lara came in for the save.
The Cowgirls move to 2-4 after the trip to Marshall to face a couple of ranked teams. Valentines Day may be over, but you can still show your Cowgirls some love tomorrow at Ellis Field in Abilene when they take on Southwestern at 1 and 3 p.m.
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