ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' softball team opened its 2018 campaign with 5-2 and 9-3 losses to Trinity on Saturday afternoon at Ellis Field.
Trinity broke up a scoreless game in the fifth inning with three runs in the fifth inning. With one out, Sara McCarty walked and Stephanie Crumrine followed with a two-run home run to center field. Hailey Wilson followed with a home run to left to make it 3-0.
The Cowgirls answered back with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Amanda Tokunaga was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Mercedes Ruiz sacrificed her to second She then scored on a Rachel Dugan RBI single. Dugan moved to second on the throw to the plate and to third on a groundout by Lexie Allen and came around to score on a Shadye Millican RBI single.
Trinity scored a run in the on a RBI single by Danielle Ruiz and added a fifth run in the seventh on a wild pitch.
Rebecca Berreth had two hits to pace Trinity and five different Cowgirls had one hit each.
Allie Holbrook went the distance in the circle to move to 2-0 on the year for Trinity. She allowed five hits and two runs. Gabby Ortega took the loss allowing three runs on three hits in four and one-third innings in her Cowgirl debut. Genia Salazar worked the final two and two-third innings and slowed two hits and one earned run.
The Cowgirls took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single by Tokanuga. Trinity tied the game in the third inning on an RBI double by Berreth.
The Tigers opened the game up with four runs in the fourth inning. Wilson had a two-run double and Berreth and Maris Trevino added RBI singles.
HSU cut the deficit to 5-3 with two runs in the fifth. Cierra Woodyard had an RBI single and she eventually came around to score on a throwing error.
Trinity scored four times in the fifth on a two-run double by Berreth and a two-run double by Crumrine.
Lexie Allen took the loss in the circle allowing five runs in four innings. Ortega worked the final three innings in relief. Adrienne Edwards allowed two earned runs in five and two-third innings to take the win for Trinity.
Kirsten Kenyon led the Cowgirls with two hits and Berreth had four hits and drove in four runs for the Tigers.
Trinity improved to 4-0 on the year and the Cowgirls are now 0-2. It was the first games for new head coach Chanin Naudin. HSU will host Southwestern next Saturday in a doubleheader.
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