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Sterling Swept by Aggie Softball

Released by Panhandle State Sports Information on 03/04/2018 Third baseman Jaylinn Reyes was a force for the Aggies at the plate, hitting .750 in Saturday's DH against Sterling College.-Taylor Jacobson photoThird baseman Jaylinn Reyes was a force for the Aggies at the plate, hitting .750 in Saturday's DH against Sterling College.-Taylor Jacobson photo

Goodwell, Okla.—Panhandle State softball sealed a two-game sweep of Sterling College on Saturday as they hosted the non-conference double-header at Aggie Field. The Aggies improved to a 10-9 overall record with wins of 9-6 and 15-12 over the Lady Warriors.

Winds whisked outfield at a consistent 25-30 mph throughout the day, sending a combined 20 hits for extra bases between the two teams. The Aggies totaled 32 hits over the two-game stretch, including ten doubles and two homeruns. Despite the gusty conditions, the Aggie defense finished with a .983 fielding percentage with just one error over 14 innings played; Sterling committed three errors on the day.

Game one gave senior pitcher Julia Ibarra the start for Panhandle, with the Warriors posting one run in each of the first three innings. The Aggies trailed 3-1 going into the bottom of the third, after gaining one run in the second on an RBI double by catcher Haleigh Scott. Panhandle hitters came to life in the third inning as centerfielder Jewell Lee started things off with a leadoff double into her own territory. Lee took third base on a sac-bunt by Karah Ortiz and scored during the Aggies' third at-bat with a single by Brooklyne Bolton. Third baseman Jaylinn Reyes then stepped up with a big double to bring Bolton one base closer to home. Bolton would score an unearned run on an outfield error by the Lady Warriors with shortstop Jena Konieczka at the plate. The third run of the inning came through on a sac-fly by Haleigh Scott, to score Reyes.

A two-run double and RBI single scored three for Sterling, to reclaim the lead in the top of the fourth (6-4). The Aggies answered back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning and entered the fifth with a one-run advantage (7-6). Doubles by Bolton and Konieczka added one run each for the Aggies along with a sacrifice hit by Karah Ortiz, her third of the day. Ibarra made quick work of the Warriors in the fifth and sixth innings, allowing just one hit and zero runs over seven batters faced. The Aggies were also held scoreless in the fifth inning, but plated two runs in on another double by Jaylinn Reyes to pull Panhandle into a 9-6 lead. An empty seventh inning sealed a three-run victory for the Aggies in game one.

Junior Lindsay Jacobs took the circle for the Aggies in game two, pitching 3.1 innings with ten hits and seven earned runs posted during her shift. Sterling scored two runs in the first inning and went into the second down by three, as the Aggies added five runs on four hits in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Ortiz drove a double down the right side for the Aggies' first hit of the game. A focused eye sent Brooklyne Bolton to first on a walk, and a single by Reyes loaded the bases for the Aggies' fifth hitter, Jena Konieczka. Konieczka reached base on balls for the first of two RBI walks in the inning; the second coming on a walk by right fielder Daisy Recinos. Back-to-back singles by Haleigh Scott and Jacobs brought in the next two runs, and Scott scored on a ground-out play with Ibarra at the plate.

Solid fielding from the Aggies put three-up and three-down for the Warriors in the second inning. Sterling sent for relief at the rubber after Karah Ortiz opened with a solo homer over centerfield, and Bolton took another base on balls. Reyes welcomed the Warriors' new pitcher with a two-run shot to left-center for the second home run of the inning. Sterling gave up three singles in a row before closing out the second inning with an 8-2 deficit. Jacobs allowed five hits and two runs in the top of the third, narrowing the Aggie lead to four runs (8-4). Konieczka and Scott knocked in three runs in the third on respective hits with a single and double. Sterling rallied back to score four runs each in the fourth and fifth innings to swing a 12-11 lead over the Aggies. Ibarra entered for Jacobs with one out and two runners on base in the top of the fourth; two runs scored before the inning was contained. Panhandle State pushed through three runners in the bottom half of the fifth and one in the sixth off the consistent plate performance of Konieczka, Scott and Reyes. Ibarra earned her second win of the day, leaving the Warriors scoreless in the last two innings.

Ibarra held a 6.56 ERA on the day, throwing 10.2 innings with 21 hits and ten earned runs to her name; she struck out seven batters and gave up three walks over 54 batters faced. The senior owns nine wins on the season, holding the best record in the Sooner Athletic Conference; she currently ranks first in the conference in innings pitched at 62.2. As a team, the Aggies sit at the top of the conference charts in offensive performance for Batting Average (.390), Slugging Percentage (.521), Runs Scored (153), Hits (232), RBI (143), Doubles (40) and Triples (13). Individually, the team boasts 20 players that rank first in the SAC standings. A complete listing is available on the conference site at

For the series, freshman Jaylinn Reyes and sophomore Jena Konieczka led the Aggies in hitting with .750 batting averages for the two-game matchup. Reyes totaled 11 bases and went 6-8 with three RBI and five runs scored. Konieczka also went 6-8 at the plate, with five RBI and four runs on the day. Freshman Haleigh Scott led the team in RBI with six in the series, and senior Brooklyne Bolton scored seven runs as the leading scorer for Panhandle State.

The Aggies will re-enter conference play this week with road games at Oklahoma City on Thursday, March 8 and at Southwestern Christian March 9-10. Live stats are available for all six SAC contests, with links offered online at on the Softball schedule page.

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