The Javelina softball team (27-24, 14-14 LSC) concluded their season with victories over the Western New Mexico Mustangs (2-46, 1-29 LSC), taking the series 2-1.
In game one, the Hoggies allowed the Mustangs to pick up their only Lone Star Conference win of the season, taking the contest 5-7.
An error in the bottom of the first inning crossed Rachael Longoria to help the Hogs trim the lead 2-1. The Javelinas, after allowing one run in the following half inning, would begin to build their lead.
Longoria would head to the plate with two on, and knocked a three-run homer out of the park to put the Javelinas ahead 4-3 through two innings. Randa Hatter would than hit a leadoff homerun to increase the lead to two in the fourth inning, 5-3.
WNMU looked to be in trouble trailing by two with two innings to play when the offense exploded.
With two outs in the sixth, Mariangela Garcia helped start the scoring spurt as she singled in Linzy Granger to cut the deficit to one, 5-4.
Lacy Granger hit to left-center to score Bailey McFarland and tie the game at five.
The hot hitting continued as Ariana Maldonado punched one to left field to bring home both Granger and Garcia to push WNMU to the 7-5 lead.
The Hogs had two more innings to come back and earn a victory, however, they fell short, and the lead would allow for the Mustang victory.
The next day would mean judgment time for the Javelinas hopes of playing in the postseason, as they would need both victories and a loss from Texas A&M Commerce in order to make the Lone Star conference tournament.
The Javelinas were relentless, as many batters were brought their sticks out in an effort to end the long wait away from the tournament.
Alexei Gonzalez hit 1.000 for the day and crossed the plate three times.
Rachael Longoria followed, batting .833 and collecting three RBIs.
Lauren Oatman (.600) and Roxy Chapa (.333) each led with four RBIs each.
Longoria, Lauren Oatman, Randa Hatter and Victoria Schoonard-Saborio scored three runs.
In the circle, Carlie Clark shined, collecting two victories, only giving up two runs, and adding eleven strikeouts to one walk.
A five run first inning to open the double-header for the Javelinas was highlighted by a two run dinger from Roxy Chapa, that gave the Hogs an early 3-0 head start.
A couple of mishandled fielding errors would be sure to bring in Acosta-Cantu and Oatman and provide the five run deficit for the Mustangs.
Acosta-Cantu would have her name called once again, bringing Victoria Schoonard-Sabario across the plate in the second.
A few batters later, Hatter put the ball in play and the Hogs would cross another to extend the lead to seven after two.
The Javelinas would add three more the following inning, thanks to Hatter taking a pitch to walk in a run on bases loaded.
Roxy Chapa would then reach on a fielder’s choice, scoring Longoria.
Finally, Hatter would cross the plate after tagging from third on a fly out. The Javelinas would take that game 10-0.
The Hoggies would then conclude their season with a 13-2 victory, highlighted by a lengthy and incredible 10 run third inning.
The Blue and Gold had six consecutive singles, accompanied by an Oatman double, a Haley Boyett triple to follow, and more before a pitching change would finally allow the Mustangs to garner the three outs they needed to end the inning
The scoreboard would read 10-2 for just one half inning more before the Javelinas padded the lead with two more runs providing the final score.
Unfortunately for the Javelinas, the A&M Commerce Lions were able to beat Texas Woman’s claiming the final spot in the Lone Star Conference tournament, thus ending the Hoggies season.