Seguin, Texas – The No. 24 Transylvania softball team went 1-1 with the Southwestern (Tex.) University Pirates on Wednesday afternoon at Ed Kruse Stadium on the campus of Texas Lutheran University.
Kameron Bowling pitched a complete-game shutout in the Wednesday opener to lead the Pioneers to a 4-0 win before the Pirates pulled out a 3-1 victory in the second game of the doubleheader.
The Pioneers moved to 4-4 on the season while Southwestern's record stands at 12-4 following Wednesday's doubleheader.
The Wednesday opener featured a classic pitchers' duel between Bowling and Southwestern starter Lindsey Longuet, who each went the distance. Bowling allowed just two hits and amassed six strikeouts against four walks. Longuet dished eight strikeouts in seven innings with seven hits allowed.
Each pitcher opened up with their best stuff as neither team recorded a hit before the top of the third inning. Brittany Mumford hit a one-out single into centerfield for the Pioneers' first burst in the top of the third but the Pioneers were unable to bring her home. Bowling retired the side in the bottom of the third as both teams remained locked down.
The game was still scoreless entering the sixth inning when the Pioneers changed the complexion of the contest. Mumford led off the top of the sixth with a single into the left field alley and Shelby Gambrell moved Mumford over to third base on a well-placed bunt. Annie Schuck delivered a 1-0 lead for the Pioneers with her single into right field to score Mumford, and Alyssa Nunn followed with an RBI bunt single that moved pinch runner Laurel Major to second and scored Gambrell.
Jessica Powell delivered the final blow with a two-run double to score Nunn and Major to push the Pioneers ahead, 4-0. Bowling held down her end of the bargain in the bottom of the sixth to maintain Transylvania's newfound four-run lead.
The Pirates made one final rally in the bottom of the seventh with a baserunner via an error and a base hit that followed, but Bowling induced the final hitter into a groundout to put the finishing touches upon her best performance of the early season.
Mumford finished 2-for-4 at the plate while the Pioneers outhit Southwestern 7 to 2.
In game two, Southwestern took advantage of three walks and two hits to climb ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning. The Pioneers held Southwestern at bay as the Pirates left the inning with three runners stranded on the basepaths.
Southwestern would go on to compile six hits to Transy's four as the Pioneers remained cold in the first three innings. Transylvania cut into Southwestern's lead in the top of the fourth with its lone run of game two; Mumford reached base after being hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and subsequently stole second base before Meg Liter drove her in with an RBI double. Transylvania put two more runners in scoring position in the inning but three batters were retired in a row to snuff out Transylvania's comeback bid.
Jessica Gunter picked up the loss in a complete-game effort to move to 2-2 on the year. The sophomore allowed six hits, three earned runs, and five walks. Schuck led the Pioneers in game two with two of the Pioneers' four runs in the second game.
Transylvania will square off with Schreiner University tomorrow at Ed Kruse Stadium in a doubleheader. The action commences at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time.
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