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Softball Drops Weekend Series

—By Laura Nelson on 04/14/2012 Catcher Emily Vasquez not only got out the runner, she hit two consecutive home runs in game one on Friday.—Brenna Balduff photo Catcher Emily Vasquez not only got out the runner, she hit two consecutive home runs in game one on Friday.—Brenna Balduff photo Goodwell, Okla.—The Oklahoma Panhandle State Univ. softball team took fans on a roller coaster ride Friday afternoon as the Aggies and the Dustdevils of Texas A&M International combined to get 60 hits over two games.

Catcher Emily Vasquez made a great play at the plate of game one, getting the third out and holding the Dustdevils to three runs over the first two innings. She shucked her gear, grabbed a bat and hit a solo homerun to start the Aggie scoring. Three runs later, the Aggies had a 4-3 lead at the end of the second inning. Vasquez hit another lead-off homer in the third inning and Julie Cross got an RBI to put the Aggies ahead 6-3. TAMI rebounded with six runs in the fourth, but OPSU wasn't done yet and scored three more in the fifth to knot it up at nine all. The Dustdevils plated two more runs to win a long and strenuous game 11-9. Megan Nieuwenhuis was a perfect 2-2 at the plate and Vasquez, Candace Smith, Brandi Heath, and Julie Cross each had two RBIs. Pitcher Kayla Pollard took the loss.

After TAMI scored a run in the first inning of game two, Aggie lead-off batter Chelsea Usher knocked one over the fence to tie the score. The Dustdevils took a 4-1 lead in the second and scored a single run in the top of the fifth to make it 5-1. In OPSU's half of the fifth, Kari Fry and Julie Cross both singled and an Usher triple sent both of them safely home and then Usher also scored on a bad throw, putting the Aggies within one run to tie. A two-run homerun and a single with the bases loaded in the sixth put TAMI ahead 8-4 and that was the final score. Talena Tippett scattered 10 hits in her four innings and was given the loss. Usher had all four RBIs and Julie Cross had three hits for three at-bats.

In Saturday's third and final game, TAMI's Sarah Johnson pitched a perfect complete game shutout, giving up only a single hit while the Dustdevil batters cleaned up, scoring eight runs off ten hits. The Aggies could not get anything started, and Kendra Wellnitz was the losing pitcher.

The women play their final home games Tuesday, April 17 with a doubleheader against Southwestern Oklahoma State beginning at 2 p.m. Their final regular season games will be against conference rival Newman April 20-21.