No. 2 TLU softball sweeps Dallas, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Posted on 3/13/2018 7:59:00 AM.
TLU freshman Kelly Jurden went 4-6 with four runs scored and three RBIs in Saturday's doubleheader sweep of the University of Dallas. 
(Irving, Seguin) - Texas Lutheran softball opened Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play with a four-game series sweep of the University of Dallas in Irving last Friday and Saturday, and followed with a non-confernce doubleheader sweep of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Seguin on Monday to run its winning streak to six games.

The Bulldogs, ranked No. 2 in the NFCA Division III Top 25, beat Dallas 9-4 and 8-2 Friday, closed out the sweep with 8-0 and 12-1 wins on Saturday, and returned to Seguin to notch 9-1 and 5-4 wins over UMHB at Ed Kruse Stadium on Monday.

Maitlin Raycroft, TLU's senior right-hander, took a no-hitter into the fifth inning of Friday's late game against Dallas. Raycroft has nine career no-hitters for TLU.

Dallas put together two hits in the fifth and scratched across a pair of unearned runs against Raycroft. Raycroft finished the game with 14 strikeouts. She tossed a complete-game two-hitter.

Kyla Lockley, Kelsie McEachern and Kassie Maddox each drove in two runs in the late game.

In the 9-4 win in game one, freshman Skylar Ouellette and sophomore DeAnna Hernandez each had two hits and two RBI.

McEachern, Madisyn Cates and Cassie Roche each scored a pair of runs and had a pair of hits.

Jordaine Bishop tossed four innings and picked up her second win of the year. Kelsie Stone finished off the game with three shutout innings. She allowed just one hit.

Both of Saturday's wins over Dallas ended after five innings due to the eight-run rule.

In the opener Saturday, sophomore right-hander Kelsie Stone spun a complete-game, two-hit shutout. Stone (1-0) struck out two and walked two.

Less than 24 hours removed from earning her first career save, Stone notched her first career win.

Maddox drove in two, and Roche registered three hits and two runs scored.

In game two, Raycroft picked up her sixth win of the year. Raycroft allowed four hits and one earned run in the start. She struck out six.

In the late game, McEachern drove in three and had two hits, including a double. Kelly Jurden went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.

Lockley went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI, and Haley Padilla knocked in a pair of runs.

Second-ranked Texas Lutheran posted 9-1 and 5-4 victories Monday afternoon against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

The Bulldogs moved to 13-1 overall and pushed their win streak to six games. UMHB fell to 11-6 with the two non-conference losses.

Monday against Mary Hardin-Baylor, TLU only needed six innings in the first game thanks to the eight-run rule. Maddox produced a walk-off, bases-loaded double in the sixth to end the ball game.

In the late game, Maddox again was part of a walk-off. She narrowly beat out an infield single to score Lockley from third in the bottom of the ninth.

Maddox went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in the late game. In the first-game win, she was 1-for-4 with four RBI.

Bishop tossed nine innings and allowed just two earned runs to improve to 3-0. Bishop struck out five and worked around three walks and six hits.

Bishop was perfect through three innings and took a no-hitter into the fifth.

In the first contest, Raycroft pushed her pitching record to 7-0 with a complete-game win. She struck out four, walked three and finished with a four-hitter.

McKay Bloxham, Padilla, McEachern and Ouellette each drove in a run. Lockley scored three times, and Bloxham crossed home plate twice.

TLU (13-1, 4-0) started play Tuesday in its own Bulldog Classic with a doubleheader against Messiah (Pa.). No final was available at press time.

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