Lady Chaps bounces back for Sunday Sweep to cap Gulf trip

GOLF SHORES, Ala. (February 6, 2022) – Lubbock Christian University recovered from Saturday’s aggravating losses with a pair of wins to conclude their stay at the Gulf Shores Invitational. LCU had five-run first innings in every game, leading to a 6-1 win over Montevallo and a five-inning shortened 12-2 win over West Georgia at Sportsplex.

GAME INFORMATION

Result: Game 1: LCU 6, Montevallo 1 | Game 2: LCU 12, West Georgia 2 (5 inn.)
Data: LCU (2-2), UM (2-2), UWG (1-2)
Location: Gulf Shores, Alaska. (Sports plex)
Game time: game 1: 2:04 | Game 2: 1:20
Weather: Game 1: 53-Fair/Calm | Game 2: 56-Sunny/Calm

Match against Montevallo

LCU Highlights:

Turning point:

The first five batters reached base safely to start the game, which led to a five-run inning, which stole the momentum of the game early on.

How it happened:
A trio of walks and a few basehits led to the first five LCU batters reaching base safely and opening the first inning. LCU collected three basehits in the inning, with Kasey Flores, Tyla Lee and Athens Muniz all hitting basehits and all three resulted in an RBI. The three hits, combined with two errors and three walks, led to a first inning of five runs. Skylar Herrera made it 6-0 with a leadoff homerun in the third inning. Montevalo scored its lone run on a solo homerun by Lauren Higginbothan with two outs in the seventh inning.

Inside the numbers:

  • Pitcher Taylor Franco went 5.0 innings and gave up no run (three hits allowed).
  • UM was 0-for-9 with runners on base. The only hit came from Savannah Wysockic.
  • The Falcons grounded out in 12, while flying out three times in the game.
  • LCU played 19 different players in the game. Freshman Hannah Wells hit a hit in her collegiate batter debut.
  • Skylar Herrera had LCU’s first home run of the season and it was her 13e career home run.
  • The meeting was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Match against West Georgia

LCU Highlights:

Turning point:
Kasey Flores and Brooke Makemson every hit doubles (back-to-back) in the first inning, leading to a five-run inning for LCU.

How it happened:
LCU had a series of five consecutive batters reach base safely in the first inning. LCU had three singles and two doubles to give it a 5-0 lead. Flores, who had an RBI-double in the first inning, hit a three-run homerun to centerfield with two outs in the second inning for an 8-0 lead.

The Wolves had their lone runs of the game in the third inning. Krystin Nix tripled to score a run and scored on a wild pitch to narrow LCU’s lead to 8-2.

Delrosario added a run for LCU with an RBI-single to right-centerfield in the third inning before the Lady Chaps produced a three-run fourth inning. Herrera led off the fourth inning with a walk, which was followed by singles by Tyla LeeFlores and Makemson, with Lee and Makemson’s hit producing an RBI.

Inside the numbers:

  • The victory in the circle went to Maxine Valdez (1-1), who batted 4.0 innings and gave up no earned run. She struckout five batters.
  • Five of LCU’s runs were RBI with two outs, as LCU was 5-of-9 (.556) with two outs.
  • LCU was 8-of-15 (.533) with runners in scoring position. They were 9-for-18 (.500) with runners on base.
  • The Lady Chaps, who did not have a multi-hit appearance in their first three games of the season, had four multi-hit performances, with Flores, Delrosario and Makemson each having three hits.
  • The two teams met for the first time ever.

Next one:

LCU heads home to host Oklahoma Baptist Thursday for their home opener in PlainsCapital Park.

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