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Softball - Wed, Apr. 24, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas (April 24, 2013) – No.2 Lubbock Christian University produced a six-run sixth inning in the opening game and a 13-run second inning in the second game to sweep a doubleheader over University of Texas of the Permian Basin winning 6-2 and 19-6 Wednesday afternoon at Hays Field.

The opener was scoreless until the fourth inning, when UTPB had back-to-back doubles from Amber Gutierrez and Jackie Guzman leading to a 2-0 lead. The Lady Chaps were held to four hits over five scoreless innings until they rallied in the sixth inning. Latainna Eltsosie hit a single off the third base bag to score McKenzie Clemmons for the first run of the game for LCU. With two outs and trailing 2-1, Courtney McGee hit a sharp ground ball that second baseman Jackie Guzman couldn't stop and LCU tied the game 2-2. The Lady Chaps took advantage of the error with Ashton Bell driving in three runs on a double to extend the lead to 5-2. They closed the scoring with a single by Faith Koria, which scored Bell.

The Lady Chaps hit into a season-high three double plays in the game. They out-hit the Falcons 10-4, with Clemmons (2-for-2), Megan Sullivan (2-for-3), and Eltsosie (2-for-3) each having a pair of hits. Guzman was 2-for-3 for UTPB. Katera Eltsosie moved to 24-4 on the season in the circle, as she had a complete-game four-hitter. She struck out seven batters. Desiree Valero allowed one earned run over six innings, falling to 7-19 on the season.

LCU wasted no time scoring in the second game, as Latainna Eltsosie hit a single to score Mallory Koschany, with Clemmons following on an error on the throw home from centerfield. Courtney McGee followed with a RBI-single to give the Lady Chaps a 3-0 lead through one inning of play. In the second inning, 17 batters went to the plate for LCU, with 13 coming up before the Falcons recorded the first out of the inning. LCU scored 13 runs off eight hits and they also took advantage of four Falcon errors. McGee, Kirstie Cochran and Amanda Longorio each drove in a pair of runs off hits in the inning. The 13-3 deficit was too much to overcome for UTPB. They had a three-run home run from Kara Isbel in the top of the third inning, but LCU answered sending another nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning and matching the trio of runs. The Lady Chaps had four hits in the bottom of the inning, with Diana De La Paz producing the Lady Chaps only extra-base hit of the inning with a double. A pair of errors in the fifth inning led to three Falcon runs to end the game's scoring.

Lubbock Christian produced a season-high 19 runs in the game and they received 16 hits from 10 different individuals. Six different players had a pair of hits, with McGee (2-for-3) and Cochran (2-for-2) each producing three runs-batted-in off their hits. McGee did not allow an earned run in a complete game five inning outing in the circle. She struck out six batters and allowed five hits to improve to 15-0 on the season. UTPB starting pitcher Janessa Martinez fell to 2-6 and only lasted one inning after allowing eight runs off five hits.

The pair of wins improved LCU to 50-7 overall and they have had over 50 wins in all six seasons of their program's history. They are winners of their last nine games. UTPB fell to 11-36 with the losses. The Lady Chaps wrap up the regular season Saturday with a doubleheader against University of the Southwest (N.M.) at 1 p.m. from PlainsCapital Park. Seniors will be honored in between the two games of the doubleheader.