LUBBOCK, Texas (February 19, 2014) – Five Lubbock Christian players pounded home runs against Western New Mexico on Wednesday afternoon at PlainsCapital Park, leading to an 11-3 game one win in six innings and a 10-2 victory in game two within five innings.
Megan Sullivan was the lone Lady Chap to tally a homerun during the first game, while Mallory Koschany, Morgan Colburn, Jessica Loiacano and Katera Eltsosie each had their moment to hit one beyond the fence in the second game. The Lady Chaps (11-3, 0-3 Heartland) recorded four of the slams in the bottom of the fourth of the second contest, marking the second consecutive day the team has registered four homers in a single game, a feat that before yesterday was last accomplished May 5, 2012 in a 13-7 victory over Oklahoma Christian.
The first run of the day was scored by Loiacano on an Eltsosie single up the middle in the second inning before the Lady Chaps added another score in the next frame. Koschany reached base unconventionally by way of a fielding error by pitcher Domi Shone, stealing second and around to third on a wild pitch. A Colburn single brought Koschany home for a 2-0 Lady Chap advantage, but an Eltsosie groundout finished the inning, leaving three on base for LCU.
Sullivan’s homer to center field added three more scores to the board in the fourth, bringing in Koschany and Rebecca Billings. Singles by Colburn and Loiacano preceded an Ashton Bell walk to load the bases for Eltsosie, who hit a double down the left field line for three RBIs and an 8-0 Lady Chap lead.
The Mustangs (2-11, 0-0 RMAC) were able to get some offense going in the fifth, beginning with a Stephanie Higgins double down the left field line and followed by another from Mariah McDonald, this time up the middle, to score Higgins. A single each by Kale Gahn and Ricki Gentry brought McDonald around, but Eltsosie halted WNMU with back-to-back strikeouts. Samantha Munoz answered with a single down the left field line to score Gale cut into the Lady Chap lead, 8-3.
Loiacano notched her fourth hit of the game in the sixth, sending a single up the middle, and Eltsosie followed with a double to right field, letting Loiacano in for another Lady Chap run. A double to right field by Addison Ard brought in pinch runner Megan Fischer, and a Billings single gave Ard the opportunity to reach home and finish the game, 11-3, in favor of the Lady Chaps.
Eltsosie (5-2) earned the win with 10 hits, a walk and six strikeouts, and Shone (2-5) took the loss, giving up 17 hits, two walks and a pair of strikeouts.
LCU only needed five innings to dispose of the Mustangs in game two, with the Lady Chaps loading the bases at the start of the game with help from WNMU lapses. Koschany reached base by way of a dropped ball, a stolen second base and made it home on a Sullivan single to left center for the first score of the game. Sullivan and Colburn also made their around after the two errors by the Mustangs to put LCU ahead, 3-0.
WNMU reaped two doubles to begin the second inning, with Breanna Diaz’s hit bringing in Mary Othon, and Diaz then was able to reach home on a muffed throw by Colburn to pull the Mustangs to within 3-2. The Lady Chaps countered in the bottom half of the frame with scores by Katlin Reed and Koschany for a 5-2 LCU lead.
The fourth inning was a barrage of big hits for the Lady Chaps, with Koschany knocking over her first homerun of the season and team homerun leader Colburn adding another, her seventh on the year, for two more runs to increase LCU’s lead to 8-2. Loiacano then stepped up with a homer to left center and Eltsosie banged another one over the fence for a pair of scores to complete the game, a 10-2 win for the Lady Chaps.
Abbi White (3-0) stayed perfect on the season with four hits and a walk while Breanna Aker (0-1) suffered the loss with seven hits, three walks and a strikeout.
The Lady Chaps take a day off before hosting University of the Southwest at 1 p.m. and Northwood at 3 p.m. on Friday, followed by the same schedule on Saturday.