Taylor Hodge (8), senior right-handed pitcher and first baseman, warms up her arm before the game against Langston University March 2. Erica Estrada | Rambler Staff

The Texas Wesleyan softball team played against Langston University in a three game match March 2-3 and swept all three games 8-0, 6-2 and 4-0.

The Lady Rams played the first two games Friday night against LU and began the first game with a quick three run score.
Makelle Akin, senior outfielder, hit a triple in the second inning followed by a hit from Raven Moreno, junior utility player.
The Lady Rams scored a run putting the team up 4-0.

LU remained scoreless as the Lady Rams put three more runs on the scoreboard in the fourth inning improving the score to 7-0.
The Lady Rams played great defense giving up no runs to the Lady Lions and finishing the game 8-0.

Courtney Orebaugh, senior outfielder, said the team came to play this weekend.

“I think we did very well,” Orebaugh said. “I feel like we just keep getting better as the season goes.”

Moreno said the team did a great job, especially with playing such a scrappy team.
“We did not let them get to us and just played our game out,” Moreno said.

Marissa Rangel, senior outfielder, said the team’s effort was strong and the team played well.

“I think we played great. Our hits came together, and our defense was phenomenal,” Rangel said.

The second game played against LU started with the Lady Lions scoring a run early, but the Lady Rams answered back with a run in the bottom of the inning tying the score 1-1.

Within the next two innings, Wesleyan scored two more runs putting the Lady Rams up 3-1. Hopie Perez, senior shortstop, hit a single in the fourth inning to help bring the Lady Rams to a score of 6-1. The Lady Lions scored only one more run before the Lady Rams finished the game 6-2.

Chelsea Boles, sophomore catcher, said she was impressed with the team this weekend.

“We pulled through by scoring frequently when we got people on base,” Boles said. “We also had the usual solid defense and good pitching.”

The Lady Rams played LU one more time Saturday, and Wesleyan scored in the third inning gaining one run giving the Lady Rams a 1-0 advantage.

The Lady Rams continued to push scoring the rest of their runs in the sixth inning.

Christina Kelley, senior first baseman, hit a double, and Alexis Beltran, sophomore pitcher, hit a single to follow.

The Lady Rams finished the game again keeping LU off the scoreboard with a score of 4-0.

Boles said although the Langston team was scrappy, Wesleyan did not let LU get into their heads.

“We have read several books on keeping our mental game strong and benefited us by not letting Langston take our momentum away, so we could still rally to pull out a win,” Boles said.

Moreno agrees with Boles and said the will to win kept the Lady Rams focused.

“There were a few moments that bothered us; however, we really kept it together by coming together as a team,” Moreno said. “We really wanted to beat them, and that helped us.”

The Lady Rams remain undefeated in conference, 6-0.

Orebaugh said the team needs to keep up the hard work.

“We need to just go in every game staying humble and with just as much intensity as the last,” Orebaugh said.

The Lady Rams will pick up again at 3 p.m. March 16 against Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla.

Emma Fradette; ekfradette@txwes.edu