Lady Storm splits on last day in San Antonio
By Matt Thomas Southeastern
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - No. 10 Southeastern closed out its season-opening trip to San Antonio, Texas, with a split on Monday afternoon at the St. Mary’s Tournament, first downing Texas A&M-International 7-2 before falling to St. Edward’s 4-2 in the finale.
The Savage Storm move to 3-2 overall on the season heading into its own Southeastern Regional Invitational schedule for Feb. 7-9 at the Durant Multi-Sport Complex in Durant, Okla.
In the day-three opener SE rapped out 12 hits and mounted a 5-0 lead that they never looked back on.
Sydney Kramer, Lacie Cook and Laramie Beal each collected a pair of hits, with Beal and Darrian Williams each adding a pair of RBI. Courtney Riddle and Mindy McElroy each drove in a run of their own.
McElroy picked up the win after tossing 5.1 innings and allowing a pair of unearned runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.
Jacee Bennett came on for the save and tossed 1.2 innings and allowed just one hit.
A second-inning Williams double put the first runs on the board as Raachel Jones and McElroy scored on the play in the second inning, while a two-run single by Beal and an RBI single by McElroy would push the lead to 5-0 in the third inning.
TAMIU took advantage of an SE error in the fifth inning to pick up a pair of runs, but the Storm added two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning, the first on a Riddle RBI single and the second thanks to an error which allowed Arianna Jones to score and set the final score at 7-2.
In the finale, Kramer turned in a three-hit outing, with Simmons and Beal each adding a pair of hits as the Storm piled up nine hits.
In the circle, Shayna Milam was saddled with the loss after allowing three runs on seven hits in 1.2 innings of work.
Hosanna McCoy threw 1.1 innings in relief and did not allow a run before Bennett came on to toss the final 3.0 innings and allowed a run on three hits.
SEU got a two-run single by KP Perch in the first and a solo homer by Emily Mayfield in the second to mount a 3-0 lead.
A Beal double plated Shaina Crites in the fourth and a throwing error on a Lacie Cook bunt would allow Simmons to score to cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Hilltoppers, however, would add another run in the sixth to take a 4-2 edge.
Simmons and Kramer would put together back-to-back one-out singles in the top of the seventh, but SE was unable to get the rally going and bring them in.
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