If you enjoy offensive softball, then this was your day to bask because Schreiner University and Pacific Lutheran slugged it out in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon in Kerrville. The two teams combined to score 42 runs, with 50 hits.
Pacific Lutheran 14, Schreiner 5
The early mark of Schreiner University's early softball season is the seventh-inning collapse. That was exactly what happened in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday against visiting Pacific Lutheran of Tacoma, Wash.
The Lutes scored seven times in the top of the seventh, including a two-run home run, that blew open a 7-5 game going into the seventh. The Lutes roughed up four Schreiner pitchers for 15 hits and 13 earned runs. The Lutes hit two home runs and four doubles. They also put incredible pressure on the Schreiner defense by stealing 10 bases.
Pacific Lutheran did plenty to give the game to the Mountaineers by committing five errors.
The loss spoiled the offensive efforts of Kennedy Moody, who doubled and had an RBI, and Annie Wallace, who doubled and had two RBI.
Schreiner 13, Pacific Lutheran 10
Schreiner University's Kennedy Moody reacts after hitting a run-scoring double during a big fifth inning on Saturday.
The bats erupted in the fifth inning when Schreiner scored five runs, including a two-run home run by Elicia Gonzales, to power the Mountaineers for a 13-10 victory over Pacific Lutheran.
It was the Mountaineers' first win of the season.
After the first two innings, Schreiner took an 8-2 lead, but Pacific Lutheran answered with four runs in the third and three in the fourth to take a 9-8 lead.
Schreiner pitcher Bri Wodtke got some defensive backup to work her way out of a jam, holding the Lutes scoreless in the top of the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth, Melanie Castilla got the Mountaineers rolling with a lead-off single. Marley Carrizales singled to put runners at first and second. Then Taci Tatum singled, but Carrizales was out at second.
With runners at the corners, Kennedy Moody crushed a double to the left-center gap to score pinch-runner Ashley Schaub. Wodtke doubled to score Malorie Solis, pinch-running for Tatum, and Moody. And then it was Elicia Gonzales' turn to deliver the drama. Gonzales smacked a two-run home run to give the Mountaineers a 13-9 lead.
It was the first home run for Gonzales and the Mountaineers this season.
Wodtke, who gave up 10 runs, was steady the rest of the way. Wodtke struck out one, got a flyout out and a ground out to end the top of the seventh and end the game.
Gonzales turned in a huge game by going 2-for-2 at the plate, including two walks, a home run, three runs scored and five RBI. Gonzales raised her season batting average to .455 with the performance.
Schreiner travels to Alpine on Tuesday for a doubleheader against Sul Ross St.
Elicia Gonzales was the offensive catalyst for the Mountaineers on Saturday.