SHERMAN, Texas – The Austin College softball team held late leads in each of their two games against Hendrix College on Saturday, but were unable to hold on in either, falling 5-2 in game one and 12-10 in game two of the twinbill. The 'Roos are now 1-5 overall this season.
In the first game, the two teams were scoreless until the fourth inning, when Cassidy McDaris singled up the middle to bring home two runs and make it a 2-0 lead for Austin College. That remained the score until the top of the sixth, when defensive miscues opened the door for a four run inning by the Warriors.
Hendrix would add one more run in the top of the seventh to hand Austin College the 5-2 loss. Tori Herrera went the distance in the loss, surrendering five runs – only two earned – while striking out three batters. Austin College was limited to just three hits in the game, with McDaris going 1-for-2 to pace the offense.
Hendrix struck early in game two, taking advantage of an error to get a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Beth Massey tied things up in the bottom half of the inning on a solo homer, and three more runs came across for Austin College in the bottom of the second to make it a 4-1 lead for the 'Roos.
The Warriors exploded for six runs in the fourth to take a 7-4 lead, and the margin grew to 8-4 in the top of the fifth. However, Austin College quickly fought back with a four run inning, highlighted by a three run homer from Kat Wright to square things up at 8-8. Hendrix got a solo shot from Sydney Ozersky in the sixth to go back on top 9-8, but an error in the bottom of the inning enabled Austin College to take a 10-9 lead.
Karli Sewell's 2-run double in the top of the seventh put Hendrix ahead for good, however, and the Warriors would add one more insurance run to give Austin College the 12-10 defeat.
Massey finished the game 3-for-4 with a homer and a double, and Jordan Proctor went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Herrera came on in relief and absorbed the loss, giving up six runs – five earned – while striking out five batters in 3.1 innings of work.