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Aggies Add One SAC Victory at SAGU

Released by Panhandle State Sports Information on 04/16/2018 Shortstop Jena Konieczka.-Taylor Jacobson photo Shortstop Jena Konieczka.-Taylor Jacobson photo

Waxahachie, Texas—A four-game Sooner Athletic Conference series against Southwestern Assemblies of God University resulted in one win for the Panhandle State softball team, as the Aggies took a 4-1 victory in the series opener before falling 1-0, 12-1 and 12-5 in the remaining three contests.

Centerfielder Jewell Lee scored the first run of the day for the Aggies in inning one of game one on Friday; Lee reached base on a single and crossed home on three consecutive walked batters. Junior Lyndsay Jacobs occupied the circle as Panhandle's starting pitcher in their first bout with the Lions. Jacobs managed the plate allowing four hits for zero runs scored over her first three innings of work. The Aggie bats were also silenced in innings two through four, with just two hits taken over the three-inning stretch. The Lions evened the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth, sending one runner in with two singles and a triple for, what would be, their only run of the game. Lee plated her second run of the day in the top of the fifth with the help of two fielding errors from the Lions. An empty sixth left the Lions down 2-1, and the Aggies would claim final victory in the seventh by adding two runs on three hits: back-to-back singles from Julia Ibarra and Jewell Lee and an RBI-double by Jena Konieczka. A sacrifice fly from catcher Haleigh Scott scored the first run of the inning.

Friday's second matchup was a defensive battle with just one run scored over the seven-inning stint. The Aggies were shut down at the plate as only two batters connected with hits in the game; Jewell Lee had a single in the third and Brooklyne Bolton drove a double in the seventh, each hit came with two outs on the board. The Lions' Casey Waterman faced no more than four Aggie batters per session over the seven-inning outing. Panhandle State's Emily Worley contained her opponents through the first three innings, allowing just one hit per inning and zero runs scored. The Lions sent in the lone run in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI-single. The remainder of the game saw little action at the plate.

Lee led off with a double in her first at-bat on Saturday, and put the Aggies on the board with one run on consecutive sacrifice hits by Karah Ortiz and Haleigh Scott. Lee would be the only Aggie to cross home plate as the game was cut short with a run-rule decision in the fifth. SAGU scored four runs in the first, three in the second, one in the fourth and four runs in the fifth inning to earn the early victory. Lindsay Jacobs took the loss for Panhandle, pitching 1.1 innings with nine hits and five earned runs to her credit; Worley entered in the second but was unable to attain an edge for the Aggies.

Senior Julia Ibarra led off at the rubber for the series finale on Saturday and retired the first three batters faced with consecutive groundouts. The Aggies held a 1-0 advantage going into the second inning as Bolton stepped up with a two-out single and later scored on two outfield errors by the Lions. SAGU scored one run on a fielding error by the Aggies in the second inning, tying things up at 1-1. Panhandle State reclaimed the lead, scoring two runs on two hits in the third; singles from Bolton and Scott along with two more Lion errors aided in putting points on the board. Three hits and one error, brought through four runs for the Lions in the bottom of the third to swing momentum back to the home team (5-3). A two-run homer by Lee in the fourth, bridged the gap to tie the game at 5-5. Waterman relieved the SAGU starter in the circle for the final three innings and held the Aggies to zero hits to earn the 12-5 conference victory. The Lions' leading pitcher also performed well at the plate over the series with eight hits over 11 at bats including two doubles and two home runs for eight RBI and 16 total bases.

The Aggies own a 19-28 season record and sit 6-18 in Sooner Athletic Conference play. The team travels to Muskogee this weekend to take on an overall 10-30 Bacone College squad. Panhandle State softball breaks from SAC play the following week with a two-game matchup at Sterling College before returning home for their final conference series of the regular season against Mid-America Christian April 27-28. Seniors will be recognized prior to the April 28 DH which is set for a Noon start.

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