Cassie Roche hit a grand slam in TLU’s series finale against Southwestern on Saturday in Georgetown.
(Georgetown) - Texas Lutheran Softball finished a four-game conference series sweep of Southwestern with 4-0 and 16-6 victories Saturday in Georgetown after winning both ends of Friday’s doubleheader in Seguin 5-2 and 5-1.
The Bulldogs extended their Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season win streak to 46 games and moved within three of tying the conference record of 49 - set by TLU over the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons. TLU has not lost a conference regular-season game since April 2, 2016, when the Bulldogs fell 7-5 in the second game of a conference road doubleheader against Southwestern.
TLU, ranked second in the NFCA poll for NCAA Division III, moved its overall mark to 31-1. That overall record is TLU's best mark in program history through 32 games. The Bulldogs improved to 16-0 in the SCAC.
TLU has already secured its fifth straight SCAC regular season title and top seed in the upcoming conference tournament. TLU is 105-2 in the SCAC since joining the league for 2014 softball season. The Bulldogs are in search of their fifth straight SCAC Championship.
Southwestern fell to 17-14 overall and to 6-10 in the SCAC.
Jordaine Bishop tossed a complete-game, five-hitter in Friday’s early contest at Ed Kruse Stadium in Seguin and improved to 8-0. Bishop allowed just two runs and both were unearned.
Kyla Lockley, Kassie Maddox, DeAnna Hernandez, and McKay Bloxham each had RBI in the first game. Bloxham went 2-for-3.
In game two, Maddox appeared in relief and worked four scoreless innings. She allowed just three hits and walked only one. Maddox improved to 3-1.
Madisyn Cates belted a two-run double in the Bulldogs' four-run third. Haley Padilla and Cassie Roche also delivered RBIs.
At Southwestern’s Taylor-Sanders Field on Saturday, Maitlin Raycroft tossed a complete-game three-hitter in the early game and improved to 15-0 overall. Raycroft struck out seven and did not walk a batter.
Kelly Jurden stole four bases and drove in three runs with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate.
McKay Bloxham tripled and had two hits and two runs scored. She drove in a run and also had a stolen base.
In game two, Cassie Roche belted a grand slam home run in the third inning that put TLU ahead 7-4. The Bulldogs trailed 4-2 through two innings.
After Southwestern closed within 7-6, the Bulldogs put up nine runs in the fourth inning.
Bloxham drove in three runs and had two hits, and Haley Padilla hit a two-run home run and scored three times.
Madisyn Cates and DeAnna Hernandez each drove in a pair of runs.
Jurden scored three times in the second game and had two more stolen bases.
Kelsie Stone improved to 5-0 with the win in relief. Stone went 3-2/3 innings and allowed two earned runs.
TLU returns to Seguin for this weekend's final SCAC regular-season series - a four-game set against Centenary College (La.). First game Friday is set for a 5 p.m. start at Ed Kruse Stadium - Morck Softball Field.