ALPINE, Texas -- Hardin-Simmons' softball team extended its winning streak to eight games with a doubleheader sweep of Sul Ross State, 2-0 and 12-2, in American Southwest Conference action at Lady Lobo Field in Alpine.
In the first game, Blair Wallace tossed a three-hit shutout to improve to 6-2 on the year. She struck out six batters in the game.
The Cowgirls had eight hits in the game and scored single runs in the first and third innings. Mac Clay led off the game with a single and moved to second on an illegal pitch, stole third and scored on a Julia Bradley RBI single.
In the third inning, Bradley had an RBI single to score Brittany Acosta, who had doubled with two outs.
Bradley and Clay each had two hits for the Cowgirls in the game.
In game two, Sul Ross State led 2-0 in the fourth inning when the Cowgirls exploded for eight runs. HSU had seven hits in the inning. Acosta and Lanie Strickland had back-to-back singles and Bailey Watkins walked to load the bases with no outs. Shelby McIntyre had an RBI fielder's choice and Amy Meyer followed with an RBI single. Kelsey Evans then had an RBI double and Wallace had a two-run single. Acosta added an RBI single and Strickland had a two-run triple.
Meyer had an RBI triple, Clay had a sacrifice fly and Taylor Namey had a two-run home run in a four-run fifth inning. It was the 30th home run of her career, which is two shy of tying Sadye Hill's school record of 32.
Sarah Shurbet improved to 5-3 on the year as she scattered five hits and two runs in the run-rule shortened game. She struck out three batters.
Strickland had three hits and Namey, Meyer, Acosta and Wallace added two each for HSU.
The Cowgirls are now 11-5 on the year and 6-0 in ASC play. Sul Ross State fell to 3-13 overall and to 0-2 in ASC action. The teams will conclude the series with a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.