Special to The Flash Today
STEPHENVILLE (February 27) – Behind two three-run home runs and two more complete games from Jordan Withrow, Tarleton evened its Lone Star Conference record by sweeping Eastern New Mexico Monday afternoon.
The Greyhounds got to Withrow for a two spot in the opening frame, but Durante answered right back in the home half of the first with a three-run big fly to left center to put the TexAnns on top to stay.
Tarleton tacked on solo runs over the next three innings with an unearned run on a Greyhound miscue, a Georgia Capell solo home run, and an RBI groundout from Meghann Wrinkle in the fourth to put the TexAnns up 6-2. Eastern added one in the fifth but Tarleton had an answer for that in the sixth when Elizabeth Svienty drove home Lexi Grimaldo with an RBI double.
Meanwhile, Withrow continued to deal.
The sophomore allowed three runs – two earned – on four hits and two walks while striking out 12 to improve her record to 7-2 for the season.
Withrow polished off her full weekend with a third straight complete-game victory while a three-run jack from Tanna Huie was the big blow in a 5-2 Tarleton win.
Megan Durante got things started with an RBI double in the first inning. A scoreless second gave way to a four-run TexAnn third as the home team pulled away.
Kaitlyn Thomas started off the big inning with a walk and a steal before coming around to score on an RBI single from Meghann Wrinkle. After a single from Wood and a fielder’s choice, Huie went deep to right field to plate he remaining three runs.
Eastern New Mexico launched a two-run home in the fifht, but that was its only sign of life against Withrow. The sophomore from Trenton completed the final game of the series, allowing three hits and striking out six.
For the weekend, Withrow threw all 21 innings and went 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA while striking out 28 batters. The Greyhounds hit just .147 against her.
Tarleton was originally scheduled to play St. Mary’s in Stephenville Tuesday but with rain forecast the series has been pushed back to March 20. The TexAnns return to action this weekend in Canyon against West Texas A&M.