Tarleton swept in Friday doubleheader

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STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton dropped both games Friday afternoon to lose the series against Texas A&M-Commerce.

Game 1: No. 8 Texas A&M-Commerce 8, Tarleton 0 (5)

Tarleton dropped the first game of Friday’s doubleheader 8-0.

Tarleton managed only two singles for the game – one each from Karli Herron and Lexi Grimaldo – while the Lions scored one in the second, two in the third and five in the fourth on six hits.

Tristan Bridges took the loss in the circle while Rachel Williams pitched the final 1.2 innings of work.

Game 2: No. 8 Texas A&M-Commerce 8, Tarleton 4

Tarleton’s bats showed signs of life in game two, but not enough to stave off the doubleheader sweep Friday afternoon.

Commerce struck first for the third time in the series with a single run each in the second and third to take a 2-0, but the Tarleton offense was finally able to break through in the bottom of the third – starting with a leadoff single from Elizabeth Svienty.

Georgia Capell followed up Svienty’s base hit with a double into the left center gap to set up Tarleton with runners on second and third with no one out. Tanna Huie plated Svienty with a sacrifice fly to left and Destiny Crumpley tied things up with an RBI base knock into left to bring home Capell and make it a 2-2 game after three.

Commerce responded with six unanswered over the next two innings to retake the lead at 8-2 before Karli Herron cut the deficit in half with her second home run of the series – a two-run blast off the scoreboard in left center.

Julia Wernet kept Commerce off the board with three innings of scoreless relief to give Tarleton a shot in the bottom of the seventh.

Tanna Huie led off the seventh with a walk but Tarleton was unable to climb back any more.

Svienty, Capell and Herron each had two hits to pace the offense while Huie, Crumpley, and Conner had one hit each to round out the nine-hit effort. Jordan Withrow suffered her fourth loss of the season in the circle.

Tarleton will be home once again Tuesday, April 16 at 1 p.m. for a doubleheader against Texas A&M International. It will be a free admission game.

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