FORT WORTH, Texas – Midland University traveled to Texas over the weekend and earned four wins on the softball diamond. The Warriors won a pair of games over University of Texas of the Permian Basin and another pair of games over Bacone College. They did fall three times in the middle of those victories to Texas Wesleyan University, twice by a single run.
On Saturday, Midland defeated the Falcons of UTPB, 6-1 and 8-6. Jaylee Hinrichs and Madison Plummer picked up the wins inside the circle. Sierra Athow drove in five runs in the two game series, including a pair on a home run in the second game. Bailey Hartman and Andrea Cespedes also homered for the Warriors.
The first game against Texas Wesleyan was played on Saturday afternoon and the Rams took advantage of the Warriors who had played a pair of games earlier in the day. They run-ruled Midland 10-1 in five innings as Stephanie Norrick was saddled with the loss in the series opener.
On Sunday the two teams were back at it, this time the Rams were coming off of play a pair of games prior. Midland did all they could as they fell by one run in each game, 5-4 and 3-2. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Warriors scored four runs in their last at bat and nearly completed the comeback while in the second game it took pair of runs in the 8th inning for the Rams to secure the sweep. Hinrichs was credited with both losses as she came on in relief in the last game. Midland’s offense was spread out evenly as six different players each had an RBI on Sunday.
Monday proved to be a rebound day for the Warriors as they not only swept the Warriors of Bacone College, they dominated their fellow namesakes. In the first game Hinrichs struck out 13 batters in the complete game shutout. Midland won 5-0 with Athow accounting for three runs batted in while Hartman homered for the second time on the trip.
In the final game, Casey Keene led the way offensively with a pair of RBI as Midland won 7-3. Norrick redeemed herself in the circle, going the distance with just one earned run in 7.0 innings.
Midland is now 9-6 on the year. They will hit the road once more before conference play begins as they travel to Kansas to take on No. 13 Ottawa University (14-6) and University of Saint Mary (5-14) on Saturday and Sunday. First pitch on Saturday versus the Braves is set for 1:00 p.m. in Ottawa, Kansas and it will be a noon start in Leavenworth, Kansas on Sunday.