Eight runs and 14 hits helped power the Western New Mexico University softball team to their first win of the season as they defeated Embry Riddle (AZ) 8-5 in the first game Saturday. The Eagles fought back to take the second game 6-0.
The eight runs in the first game ties for the most in a game this season for WNMU (1-27) as they also put up eight against Texas Woman's. The 14 hits are the second-most in a game this season. The Lady Mustangs broke through with a run in the second inning as senior Lacy Granger started her 4-4 game with a double to lead off the inning. Sophomore Ariana Maldonado added a single to put runners on the corners and then sophomore Yasmeen Gastelum hit a sacrifice fly to right to plate Granger for the 1-0 lead.
Embry Riddle (10-20) came back with two in the home half for the 2-1 advantage. WNMU knotted the game back up in the third as a double to left-center by Lacy Granger scored her sister senior Linzy Granger as she singled with one out.
Hannah Deluna had a big game for the Eagles as she hit two home runs on the day, with her first coming in the bottom of the third when she hit a three-run shot to left-center to move Embry Riddle to a 5-2 lead.
The Lady Mustangs always had an answer throughout the game and came right back with two runs in the fourth. After sophomore Carolyn Castillo doubled, sophomore Deidre Vega walked and junior Aryana Gutierrez laid down a bunt single to load the bases. Linzy Granger drove in the first run with a single to left-center and a sacrifice fly to center by sophomore Bailey McFarland trimmed the deficit to one at 5-4 after four.
Freshman Lyana Waddell was able to keep the Eagles in check for the rest of the game to allow the offense to keep the comeback going. In the fifth, Vega delivered a two out single up the middle to bring in Lacy Granger who singled to start the inning to tie the game at five.
It was the sixth inning that put the game out of reach, as WNMU was able to string together multiple hits with two outs. Junior Mariangela Garcia started the rally with a single to right-center. Lacy Granger quickly brought her home with a double to right-center to push the Lady Mustangs in front. Maldonado added a double of her own to left-center to score Lacy Granger and move the advantage to two. Gastelum closed the inning with a single to left to score Maldonado and move the Lady Mustangs to an 8-5 lead.
Waddell got a 1-2-3 sixth and then worked around an error and hit-by-pitch in the seventh to close out the victory.
WNMU outhit Embry Riddle 14-10 as eight Lady Mustangs tallied a hit. Outside of Lacy Granger's 4-4 game with three runs scored and two RBI, Linzy Granger, Maldonado and Gastelum all had two hit games. Gastelum tied Lacy Granger with two runs driven in. Kaila Romero had three hits to lead the Eagles, while Deluna drove in three.
In the circle, Waddell went all seven innings for the win (1-10) as she allowed five earned runs. Olivia Ramos took the loss for the Eagles as she went 5.2 innings and allowed eight earned runs.
Embry Riddle came back strong in the second game behind a big fourth inning and strong pitching from Kayla Avram to split the doubleheader.
After a scoreless first two innings, Deluna did it again in the third when she drilled a two-run homer to left-center for the 2-0 lead. In the fourth, the Eagles were able to stretch the lead to six with four runs on three hits and also taking advantage of an error.
WNMU threatened in the fifth when Lacy Granger and Gastelum each singled, but a fly out and strikeout ended the inning. But the Lady Mustangs had their best chance in the seventh as a near two out rally posted some runs. Gastelum started the inning with a single and then Castillo and Vega added back-to-back singles to load the bases before a ground out ended the game.
Embry Riddle outhit WNMU 10-7 as Gastelum and Vega each tallied two hit games. Katey Moore and Makenzie Hospodka paced the Eagles with two hits, while Deluna drove in two runs.
In the circle, Avram went the distance to get the win for the Eagles adding two strikeouts and no walks. Freshman Thailia O'Neill started for WNMU and took the loss (0-7) after going 3.2 innings and allowing six runs, three earned, on six hits. Waddell tossed the final 2.1 innings and didn't allow a run.
WNMU will return home and resume Lone Star Conference play next week as they will face Tarleton State for a doubleheader on Friday starting at 12 p.m.