SHERMAN, Texas – After falling 4-3 in game one against visiting Hendrix College, the Austin College softball team bounced back with a 1-0 victory in game two, bringing the team's record to 5-1 overall this season. That continues the best start in program history for the 'Roos.
In game one, the two teams were locked in a pitcher's duel into the fourth inning, when Hendrix finally got on the scoreboard with an RBI single from Morgan Fires to make it a 1-0 game. Two more runs would come home in the fifth on a two run double by Shelby Anderson, and Bryanna Carlisle's RBI single in the sixth made it a 4-0 game.
That remained the score heading into the bottom of the seventh, when Delaney England drew a bases loaded walk to finally get the 'Roos on the board, and Lauren Mara drove in a run to cut the deficit to two. Raquel Vara's RBI single made it a 4-3 game, but the 'Roos would strand three runners, falling just short in their comeback bid.
Sophia Hernandez took the loss, surrendering four runs – two earned – on seven hits in 5.1 innings of work. Austin College was limited to six hits as a team, with England finishing 1-for-2 with an RBI while Hailey Clendennen and Emily Low each had a hit and scored a run. Autumn Martin went the distance for Hendrix to earn the win, giving up three runs on six hits, while Nikki Sanders went 2-for-3 to pace the Warriors.
Game two proved to be more of a defensive battle than game one, with neither team mustering any offense through the first three innings. It wasn't until the bottom of the fourth that Austin College was able to put a run across, with Jaylin Clevenger delivering a pinch hit RBI single to plate Clendennen, and that would prove to be the only run that Victoria Herrera would need to earn the complete game shutout victory.
Herrera scattered five hits and struck out six batters while walking one to improve to 3-0 on the year, and Clendennen went 2-for-3 to lead the 'Roos at the dish. Mara, Low, Clevenger, and Mary Whitworth each had one hit for Austin College. Ariel McDonald took the loss for Hendrix, surrendering one run on six hits in 6.0 innings of work.
Austin College athletic teams participate as a member of the NCAA Division III and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.