SHERMAN, Texas – The Austin College softball team fell in both halves of its twin bill against visiting Texas Lutheran on Sunday, dropping game one 16-3 and suffering a 10-0 loss in game two. The 'Roos are now 4-22 overall and 1-11 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
Texas Lutheran used a huge first inning to take control of game one, plating eight runs in the opening frame. The score remained 8-0 until the top of the third, when TLU's Kelsie McEachern hit a three run homer to make it an 11-0 game. Austin College would get on the board in the bottom half of the inning, with Emily Low bringing home a run with a base let to left, and Beth Massey scoring on a fielding error to make it 11-2.
One more run came across for TLU in the fourth before Lauren Mara plated Kat Wright in the bottom half of the inning to make it 12-3, but four runs would score in the fifth for the Bulldogs as they handed the 'Roos the 16-3 defeat. Low went 2-for-3 to lead Austin College at the dish, while Jordan Proctor absorbed the loss, surrendering 10 runs (nine earned) on nine hits in 2.0 innings of work.
In game two, the Bulldogs took advantage of an errant pickoff attempt to score a run in the top of the first, and added a single run in both the second and third innings to take a 3-0 lead. Texas Lutheran would explode for six runs in the fourth to go ahead 9-0, with McEachern's two run homer highlighting the inning for the Bulldogs. TLU would add one more run in the fifth to make it a 10-0 final.
Tori Herrera took the loss for Austin College, giving up nine runs (seven earned) on 11 hits in 4.0 innings of work, while TLU's Maitlin Raycroft tossed her sixth no-hitter of the season to earn the win, setting a new NCAA Division III record for no-hitters in a single season in the process. Raycroft struck out 13 for the Bulldogs.