TEXARKANA, Texas — Texas A&M University-Texarkana rallied to win Tuesday's opener against Louisiana Christian, then finished off the Wildcats for a series sweep at Bramlett Field in Spring Lake Park.
The seventh-ranked Eagles (23-2, 8-2) took the opener, 4-3 in eight innings, then closed out the series with a 6-2 win.
TAMU-T 4, LCU 3 (8 innings)
LCU jumped on the Eagles for a 3-0 lead in the third inning, but following a pitching change the hosts shut out the Wildcats for the final 4.1 innings while scoring two in the third, one in the fifth to tie the game, then the game-winner in the eighth on Macey Cutsinger's sacrifice fly that scored Cameron Alardin.
Anna Westberry got the start, but it was Mackenzie Vittitow (7-1) who got the win, entering with the Eagles down 3-2 and allowing just two hits while striking out three in 4.1 innings of shutout relief.
Cutsinger not only drove in the winning run, but the first of the day for the Eagles to start their rally. She plated Molly Harrison in the third to make it 3-1, then later scored on a Grace Cantu single. Cantu singled in the fifth to push Baylee Stautzenberger over to third, but both would advance on the play thanks to a defensive error, tying the game. Vittitow allowed just two baserunners over the final three innings.
Cutsinger, Stautzenberger, Cantu and Harrison each had two hits. Cutsinger had two RBIs and a double, and also stole a base. Harrison had a triple.
TAMU-T 6, LCU 2
Stephanie Chico (6-0) quieted the Wildcat bats, allowing just three hits and two runs (0 earned), picking up her sixth win while striking out four and walking just one. Chico went the distance on just 83 pitches.
LCU struck first, scoring their only two runs on an error and a double. The Eagles managed just four hits, tying their season-low, but drew six walks and capitalized off two LCU errors. A&M-Texarkana scored five runs in the second on just two hits, and RBI single from Macie Reeves, and a two-run single from Stautzenberger. Sarah Velasquez scored on a bases loaded walk and Cameron Alardin scored on a wild pitch.
Cutsinger walked twice, stole two bases and drove in two, Reeves had two hits and stole a base, Harrison scored twice and stole a base, and Stautzenberger finished with two RBI.
The Eagles have now won four straight and six of their last seven and improved to 9-1 at home. They will host UH-Victoria on Friday for a doubleheader starting at noon.
The next day, the Eagles will hold Senior Day against Huston-Tillotson, also at noon.