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Patriots outscore Tornados 26-0

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The UT Tyler softball team completed a three-game sweep of Concordia-Texas picking up two wins in double-header action this afternoon at Suddenlink Field, winning game one 8-0 before taking game two 9-0. Pitcher Kelsie Batten threw a no-hitter in the shutout win to improve to 19-2 on the season and pick up her 101 win of her career. The Patriots outscored the Tornados 26-0 throughout the series.

Batten faced 17 batters in the five innings pitched before the game was called due to the eight run rule. She struck out five batters while allowing no runs and no hits. Batten has an era of 0.47 on the season.

Kailey Henderson crossed the plate for the Patriots to start the scoring in the bottom of the second off a Kristin Lopez sacrifice fly to centerfield to give the Patriots an early 1-0 lead. They would then go on to tack on three more runs in the bottom of the third when Raven Rodriguez started the inning with a double to left center. KK Stevens would single to center field to pick up the RBI as Rodriguez crossed at home.

In total the Patriots would pick up eight runs off of 12 hits and no errors in the win.

Kaylee Prather would go 3-4 from the plate while also stealing a base. She now has 19 stolen bases on the season in 20 attempts, meaning she is nearly impossible to throw out. The designated player, Jade Green had a nice showing at the plate, going 2-3 and scoring one run while hitting one double.

The Patriots wasted no time, scoring four runs in the bottom of the second in game two off of four hits. Green started it off with a single to center field to get on base before Kursten Jaime would step in to pinch run. She would immediately steal second and put herself in scoring position. Jackie Mendez attempted a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner, but instead singled out a hit and advanced to second on an error that would score Jaime. The Patriots would have three stolen bases in the 2nd alone with Jaime, Lexi Ackroyd and Prather all showing their speed to out run the throw. Lopez would also pick up another hit along with two RBI as Ackroyd and Henderson scored.

The scoring wouldn’t stop there, with Stevens getting a single in the bottom of the third. Cheyenne Thompson would pinch run and steal second to give the Patriots their fifth stolen base of the contest. Mendez would get another RBI off a single to left field to score Thompson and then advance to second on the throw. With one out and a runner in scoring position, Ackroyd would belt a single straight up the middle to advance Mendez to third with Lopez stepping to the plate. The Tornados would get two outs and be able to get out of the inning before any more damage could be done.

The Patriots would ice the game in the bottom of the fourth scoring four runs to extend the lead to 9-0. Prather would single to get on base and with her speed, put herself in scoring postion. Rodriguez would then belt a double to left center that would see Prather score. Vanessa Carrizales then hit a long ball to center field to get a single and advance on the throw along with getting the RBI as Rodriguez scored. Stevens then hit a double and Kelsie McEachern would single for the RBI.

The Patriots finished the game with nine runs off of 13 hits throughout five innings, while the Tornados had no runs off of two hits and one error. 

Junior Alaina Kissinger took the mound in game two for the Patriots where she was able to hold the Tornados to no runs off of two hits and one error she struck out eight batters, striking out three of the last four batters faced in the top of the fifth. She improves to 9-0 on the season and has a season ERA of 1.44 in 62 innings pitched. 

The Patriots are now 28-2 on the season and have improved their win streak to 23 games. They move on to face the University of the Ozarks in a three game series starting next Friday at noon.

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