Lion Softball bounces back with a three-game sweep of ENMU

Tyler McDonough, Sports Editor

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Bri Sims trots home after hitting her second home run of the series vs. ENMU | Ashley Tuppen

By Tyler McDonough | Sports Editor

The No. 18 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team swept the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds in a three game series over this past weekend to improve their record to 20-6 overall and 9-3 in Lone Star Conference Play.

Game One

The Lions got going early in game one on Friday as the Lions jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first inning after Jodie Hill hit a solo home run. After three consecutive walks, Vanessa Muro launched a grand slam to break the game open 5-0. Ciera Nunez and Jodie Hill also knocked in a couple more runs to give the Lions a big lead after one.

Eastern New Mexico scored their only run of the series when Samantha Brockman hit a solo home run against Emily Otto to make it 7-1.

The Lions answered with two more runs in the bottom of the second as Madison Schaefer and Knyslee Noriega both launched solo home runs to give the Lions a 9-1 lead. The home run for Noriega was her first of the season.

Emily Otto had another fantastic performance as she pitched 4 strong innings to pick up the win and improve to 12-3 on the year. Kinsie Hebler came in relief for Otto to finish up the game in the fifth inning as the game only required five innings as the Lions run-ruled the Greyhounds.

Game Two

The Lions picked up win number 19 of the season as A&M-Commerce defeated ENMU 7-0 to pick up the second win of the series and pick up win number eight in the LSC.

Once again the Lions jumped out to an early lead as the Lions lead 5-0 after two innings. The Lions scored three in the bottom of the first and scored two more in the second inning after Nunez tripled and scored from a Kayla Kilcrease ground-out and Bri Sims knocked in a RBI single.

Schaefer hit another home run as she hit a towering solo home run to left field and got another run from Hill on an RBI single in the sixth. Otto had another strong performance going the distance and picking up the shutout along with win number 13 of the year.

Game Three

Once again the Lions shutout the Greyhounds, this time picking up a 10-0 win in a game that just needed five innings. The win propels the Lions to 20-6 on the season and 9-3 in LSC play. The Greyhounds fall to 10-10 on the year and 6-6 in LSC play.

Otto got to work early as she got out of the first two innings facing just six batters. She picked up a strikeout in the first two innings and finished with four on the game. The win for Otto improves her record to 14-3 on the season for the Sophomore.

Nunez got the first runs across for the Lions as she doubled to bring home Chelsea Slider and Noriega to get the Lions out in front in the second inning. Jodie Hill then launched a three-run home run to break open the game for the Lions 5-0. Aftr Kilcrease and Hebler drew walks, Sims launched a home run to give the Lions an 8-0 lead after two. Sims hit another home run in the fourth on a two run shot to deep left to put the Lions out in front 10-0.

Hebler once again came in for relief of Otto and closed out the game with two strikeouts in the fifth to secure the 10-0 win for the Lions.

The Lions will be back in action this weekend as they travel to Canyon to take on the conference leader West Texas A&M in a three game series on Friday and Saturday. The Lady Buffs lead the conference with an 11-1 LSC record.

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  • Bri Sims trots home after her second home run of the series | Ashley Tuppen

  • Kayla Kilcrease gets the ball in fast from center | Ashley Tuppen

  • Ciera Nunez slaps a double down the left field line | Ashley Tuppen

  • Ciera Nunez steals second | Ashley Tuppen

  • Emily Otto strikes out Brockman | Ashley Tuppen

  • Bri Sims launches another home run | Ashley Tuppen

  • Vanessa Muro looks on after a stand up double | Ashley Tuppen

  • Davis looks to steal third | Ashley Tuppen

  • Coach Bruister looks on a the field of play | Ashley Tuppen

  • Bruister holds a runner at thrid | Ashley Tuppen

  • Jodie Hill trots home after a three-run home run | Ashley Tuppen

  • Hill Home Run | Ashley Tuppen

  • The team congratulates Hill at home plate | Ashley Tuppen

  • Kilcrease looks on at the field of play | Ashley Tuppen

  • The Lions celebrate Sim's three run home run | Ashley Tuppen

  • Emily Otto smiles after a solid weekend pitching | Ashley Tuppen

  • Ciera Nunez directs an outfield shift | Ashley Tuppen

  • Chelsea Slider guns down a runner at first | Ashley Tuppen

  • Nunez fires a ball in from left field | Ashley Tuppen

  • Sims touches them all after a two homer game | Ashley Tuppen

  • Brusiter high-fives Sims | Ashley Tupppen

  • Sims is met at home play by the whole team | Ashley Tuppen

  • Slider fouls a ball down the left field line | Ashley Tuppen

  • Sims steps on first base to end the series vs. ENMU | Ashley Tuppen

  • Sims eyes down her Louisville Slugger | Joseph Miller

  • Sims trots home after a great day at the plate | Joseph Miller

  • Davis takes off from second base | Joseph Miller

  • Kinsie Hebler fires home a pitch to close out the series | Joseph Miller

  • Hebler firs a pitch home | Joseph Miller

  • Hebler had a solid performance on the mound this weekend | Joseph Miller

  • Jodie Hill trots home after a three run home run | Joseph Miller

  • Kilcrease swings at a pitch | Joseph Miller

  • Lions congregate in the outfield | Joseph Miller

  • Kimber Neal steals second base | Joseph Miller

  • Neal stands atop her conquest | Joseph Miller

  • Nunez and Kilcrease jump in the outfield | Joseph Miller

  • Nunez lays down a slap bunt | Joseph Miller

  • Nunez keeps spirits high between innings | Joseph Miller

  • Otto with a Tiger Woods esque fist pump | Joseph Miller

  • Otto on the mound | Joseph Miller

  • Sims communicates from first base | Joseph Miller

  • Sims smiles wih Slider | Joseph Miller

  • Slider fouls a pitch off | Joseph Miller

  • Slider smiles safe on first base | Joseph Miller

  • Slider swings at a pitch | Joseph Miller


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