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Softball - Sun, Feb. 9, 2014

SEMINOLE, Texas (February 9, 2014) – Lubbock Christian concluded the weekend with two more wins against Eastern New Mexico with Morgan Colburn, Jessica Loiacano and Katera Eltsosie belting out homeruns in an 8-3 game one win and Ashton Bell hitting the go-ahead homerun in game two's 2-1 victory at Seminole High School on Sunday afternoon.

Mallory Koschany quickly made her way around the bases as the first batter of the series, earning a walk, stealing second, advancing to third on a Kirstie Cochran groundout and making it home on a Colburn single for an early 1-0 Lady Chap lead.

ENMU answered in the bottom of the inning with singles by Amanda Martinez and Jacqueline Candelaria. Shelby Ripple homered to right center to put the Zias up 3-1 before Eltsosie struck out Marleyna Pinon and Erica Armendarez swinging for the second and third outs.

A homer by Eltsosie kicked off the next inning, cutting ENMU's lead to 3-2, and Koschany made her way to third on a Cochran single for the tying run, but Mary Joe Granger struck out Megan Sullivan to dissolve LCU's run.

Colburn took after Eltsosie's lead at the start of the third, smacking her own run over left field for another Lady Chap run and Loiacano immediately followed with another to put the Lady Chaps ahead, 4-3. LCU added another run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Sullivan to bring Koschany in for a 5-3 edge.

A double down the left field line by Loiacano in the fifth brought Sullivan in for a score, and Bell allowed Colburn to cross the plate on a groundout to put the Lady Chaps up 7-3. Eltsosie flied out to right field, bringing in Loiacano and putting one more on the board for LCU.

ENMU was unable to score again, giving the Lady Chaps the 8-3 victory. Eltsosie (3-0) earned the win, allowing five hits, two walks and striking out 10. Granger (0-1) suffered the loss with 12 hits, five walks and a strike out.

In the second game, the Zias were the first to strike, loading the bases with two walks and a wild pitch by Courtney McGee. A sacrifice bunt by Candelaria allowed Garmon to score for a 1-0 Zia lead, but a throw from Sullivan to Shlay Denison thwarted another score, rendering Chavez out at home.

Bell made her move in the bottom of the fourth with two outs against the Lady Chaps, homering over center field to bring in Giselle Maciel and give LCU a 2-1 lead.  

The Lady Chaps were in position to score in the fifth, with Diana De La Paz making her way to third by way of an ENMU throwing error and Koschany stealing second, but the Zias were able to hold the Lady Chaps and finish the inning with LCU in front, 2-1.

With the tying run on second for ENMU in the sixth and two outs, McGee struck out Kyra Sirag to contain the Zias and leave two on base to preserve the Lady Chaps' one run lead. Three ENMU groundouts in the top of the seventh finished the game, allowing LCU to hang on for the 2-1 win.

McGee (3-0) kept her record untarnished with two hits, two walks and seven strikeouts. Garmon (0-2) took the loss with five hits and three strikeouts.

The Lady Chaps begin conference play this week, traveling to play St. Mary's at 2 p.m. in a doubleheader on Friday, followed up by a single game at noon on Saturday.