Rambelles give up series against West Texas A&M University

Belles add first three Lone Star Conference losses of season

By Rosanna Aguilera
On March 1, 2019

Photo by Ian Saint:  Karina Rocha, infielder, smacks the ball over the fence for home run resulting in two runs. The Belles held the lead until the final inning when West Texas A&M took the lead.

The Belles softball team suffered three losses on Feb. 22 and Feb. 23 from West Texas A&M University.
In Friday’s game, ASU lost 10-6.
The Belles were leading 5-2 into the seventh inning until West Texas A&M locked in eight runs in the seventh to take the Lone Star Conference win. This was ASU’s first LSC loss.
The Lady Buffs opened the scoring in the first inning with a homerun. 
When the Belles came to the plate, junior Courtney Barnhill hit a single and was brought in for a run when junior Karina Rocha hit on a two-run homer to lead 2-1.
The Lady Buffs tied the game in the second.
In the fifth inning, junior Jade Strother slammed a solo homer to center to get the lead back.
In the sixth inning, sophomore Mykayla Stroud was hit by a pitch and then scored when freshman Avery Zeigler hit a two-run shot over left field fence to give the Belles a 5-2 lead.
In the seventh, the Lady Buffs went on a scoring streak and took the lead 10-5.
In the last at-bat, the Belles tried to make a comeback when Barnhill doubled to left-center and then scoring on an RBI single to center by senior Taylor Fogle to move the score to 10-6. 
WTAMU would take the first game of the series.
ASU posted a 9-8 edge on hits in the opener and neither team had errors.
In Saturday’s doubleheader, the Belles lost 1-7 and 6-9.
After these games, the Belles gave up three LSC game total putting them 3-3 in the LSC and 14-5 overall. 
In the first game of the doubleheader, the game was scoreless into the fourth inning.
The Belles had an opportunity to get the lead in the second inning when Zeigler singled with one out and then stole second. Strother walked and then sophomore Hatty Shope was hit by a pitch to load the bases. The Lady Buffs ended the inning without any damage.
WTAMU got the lead with two runs on a hit in the fourth inning to move the score 2-0.
In the fifth, senior Taegan Kirk singled up the middle, Fogle was hit by a pitch and Rocha singled to right to load the bases.
Once again, the Lady Buffs avoided damage, ending the inning.
The Lady Buffs scored five runs in the sixth inning on four hits to move 7-0.
ASU got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when freshman Ashlyn Lerma walked and after a single by Barnhill, Kirk brought in the run with a single through left field to end the game 7-1.
Kirk went 4-4 at the plate pitching, Strother had two hits. In the circle, sophomore Meagan Hill started and went the first five innings and allowed six earned runs to take the loss.
In the final game, the Belles gave up the series 9-6.
The Lady Buffs took the lead 6-0 when they scored four runs in the second inning and two more in the fourth. 
The Belles were only able to get 6 runs while WTAMU finished with 9.
ASU will return to Mayer Field on March 1 at 6 p.m. for Military Appreciation Day.


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