Jameyson breaks records in Lions’ sweep

BJ Laudermilk, Sports Editor

Mariah Jameyson is greeted by her teammates after hitting one of her three homeruns against Missouri Southern State. East Texan Photo | Drew Ivery

BJ Laudermilk | Sports Editor

The No. 25 A&M-Commerce Lions softball team wrapped up a three-game series by sweeping Missouri Southern State in a non-conference tilt Feb. 26.

The doubleheader on Feb. 25 saw a multitude of records broken, as the Lions won 11-3 after six innings of competition via the run rule. Emily Otto got the win to move to 5-0 on the season. Mariah Jameyson led the team with three homeruns in the game, a new record for the Lions for a single game and tying a conference record. Her third homerun of the game was a walk-off grand slam, the Lions’ 11th in program history, and she broke the program career mark with her 25th career homer. Jameyson also had eight runs batted in, a new Lion record for a single game. For her performance, Jameyson earned not only the LSC Hitter of the Week honors, but was also named the Louisville Slugger NFCA Player of the Week, a national honor that she achieved one time last year as well.

Game two saw another come-from-behind victory for the Lions, as they scored the final seven runs of the game to win 10-7. Trailing 7-3 in the bottom of the fifth, the Lions loaded the bases and got two runs back on a single from Vanessa Avina to make it 7-5. In the sixth, the Lions reloaded the bases and finally tied the game with a two-run single by Vanessa Muro. The Lions then took the lead on a sacrifice bunt, before a two-run double by Jodie Hill added insurance runs and put the Lions up by three. Otto would earn her third save of the season by pitching a perfect seventh inning, striking out the side in order. The Lions earned their seventh win of the season after falling behind at any point in the game.

In game three, the Lions used a five-run second inning to propel them to a 7-1 win. Otto earned the win to move to 6-0 on the season. The Lions would load the bases in the bottom of the second on three straight bunts, and get a sacrifice fly to take the lead back at 2-1. After a run-scoring single, and another sac fly, the Lions got a two-run double from Muro to push the lead to 6-1 and put the game away early.

The series, originally scheduled to be played on the road in Joplin, Mo. was moved to Commerce after severe storms and ice moved through the area during the previous week. The Lions also saw a two-game battle with Central Oklahoma also postponed by weather.

The now No. 21 Lions continue Lone Star Conference competition with a road trip to Lawton, Okla. to take on the No. 18 Cameron Aggies March 2 & 3. The Aggies are 14-3 on the season, and a perfect 6-0 in conference play. The Lions will then take on Midwestern State in Wichita Falls March 9 & 10, before returning home March 12 for a doubleheader with Missouri Western State.