PORTALES, N.M. – Tristan Bridges and Jordan Withrow combined to keep Eastern New Mexico off the board for all 12 innings while Destiny Crumpley hits three home runs to lead the No. 22 TexAnns to a doubleheader and series sweep.
Game 1: No. 22 Tarleton 13, Eastern New Mexico 0 (5)
No. 22 Tarleton bookended 12 runs with three in the first and nine in the fifth with a solo run in the third as the TexAnns blasted Eastern New Mexico 13-0 in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader.
The win also secured the series win for Tarleton.
Destiny Crumpley, who enjoyed her first career multi-home run game, put Tarleton on top with a three-run long ball in the opening frame to plate Elizabeth Svienty and Tanna Huie. That lead carried into the third when Tarleton tacked on one more with a two-out Greyhound error that allowed Amanda Conner to cross the plate for a 4-0 lead.
In the fifth, Tarleton blasted off for three home runs while putting up a nine-spot to take a 13-0 lead.
Tarleton loaded the bases with one out before Kaylee Rodriquez drove in the first run of the inning with an RBI single to center. Two batters later, Georgia Capell unloaded the bases with a grand slam. After a single from Tanna Huie. Crumpley teed off for her second long ball of the afternoon and then Conner capped off the inning with a two-run blast of her own to cap off the nine-run frame.
Tristan Bridges worked around two base runners in the seventh to finish off the complete-game victory. Bridges threw all five innings and allowed no runs on two hits and three walks while striking out five.
Capell (2), Huie (2) and Crumpley (3) combined for seven of the team’s 12 base hits in the two, three and four spots in the Tarleton lineup. Conner also enjoyed a two-hit game while Karli Herron, Morgan Ling and Rodriquez had one hit each.
Game 2: No. 22 Tarleton 4, Eastern New Mexico 0
The long ball continued to be Tarleton’s friend in the series finale while Jordan Withrow kept the Greyhounds off the board for the second straight game to complete the sweep.
Karli Herron got Tarleton on the board first with a solo home run to lead off the second. Tarleton would tack on two more in the inning when Morgan Ling drove in Danyel Kesselus with an RBI double and then Kadyn Kirkpatrick drove in Ling with an RBI single. Tarleton took a 3-0 lead after the top of the second.
Destiny Crumpley extended the lead out to 4-0 with a solo home run to lead off the third. It was Crumpley’s third home run of the doubleheader.
Crumpley and Ling paced the offense with two hits each while Herron, Conner and Kirkpatrick had one hit each.
Jordan Withrow fired her third consecutive complete-game victory with seven innings of shutout ball. The newly crowned Tarleton strikeout queen added 10 more punchouts to her career totals. Withrow passed Carla Geeslin last night for the school strikeout record.
Tarleton will return home for the final series of the regular season next weekend. The TexAnns will host West Texas A&M in a three-game series, beginning Friday at 6 p.m. in Stephenville.