The Texas Wesleyan University softball team swept two wins off of Huston-Tillotson University on Senior Day April 21 taking game one 5-4 and finishing game two 15-2.
The Lady Rams are currently 22-17 overall and 20-4 in the Red River Athletic Conference.
The Lady Rams finished the regular season on a 10 game winning streak and a perfect 15-0 home record.
Marissa Rangel, senior outfielder got the Lady Rams started in the third inning with a two out rally. Ashleigh Jiminez, senior second baseman, added to Rangel by picking up a RBI double.
Rangel said she thought the team did very well considering all the emotions because of Senior Day.
“It was sad knowing that it was the last conference game I would be playing in. It was special to be playing with my fellow seniors, whom I love, and even more special playing in front of my parents,” Rangel said.
Lindsay Cline, sophomore third and first baseman, continued the rally with another RBI double to take a 2-0 lead.
The Lady Rams put another run on the board in the fourth inning after a lead-off single by Courtney Orebaugh, senior outfielder, which got her on third base. Ashley Seibel, sophomore second baseman, picked up an RBI off of a fly to center-field to make it a 3-0 ball game.
Huston-Tillotson finally got on the board in the sixth inning after a couple of base hits and a few Lady Ram errors in the sixth. With a couple more hits, they took a 4-3 lead after a bases loaded walk.
Orebaugh said the team played really good this past weekend.
“The games were definitely bitter-sweet. We had great games both Saturday and Sunday, coming out with a sweep on Huston-Tillotson,” Orebaugh said.
Orebaugh said that it was sad that this game was their last of the regular conference games.
“Seven of us will never play again. I wouldnt choose a better way to go out,” Orebauh said.
Orebaugh hit a double to lead off the bottom half of the inning and, with two outs, Raven Moreno hit a RBI single to right center to tie the game at 4-4. Makelle Akin hit a key double play to take a 5-4 lead.
The Lady Rams honored seven seniors in between games for their contributions to the Texas Wesleyan softball program.
The class of 2012 helped the Lady Rams to 95 wins, a regular season conference championship, and two consecutive appearances in the conference tournament championship game.
Akin said Senior Day turned out great.
“Now, for the rest of the season we are going to keep working on defense, offense and staying in shape. We are continuing to keep going strong until conference. Our team motto is all or nothing,” Akin said.
In the second game, the Lady Rams got an impressive 15 hits over Huston-Tillotson. Seibel got the runs started with a two RBI single. Moreno picked up a RBI off of a fielder’s choice play.
Akin hit a RBI single to left center, and Rangel followed up with a two RBI single to left center.
Orebaugh took one to deep left center off the fence for two more runs. All in one inning, the Rams were up with a 9-0 lead.
Huston-Tillotson gained two runs in the third, but the Lady Rams still were up 9-2.
The Lady Rams made it a 14-2 lead in the fourth, clearing the bases with three RBI singles by Beltran.
Seibel followed with a RBI single to right, and Moreno put a RBI double to left center.
The Lady Rams swept Huston-Tillotson to take the game 15-2 and complete the series sweep.
The Lady Rams gear up for the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament starting May 1 in Farmer’s Branch, Texas.

Stephanie Randall
slrandall@txwes.edu

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