West Texas A&M leadoff hitter Alyssa Lemos crushed two round-trippers and Hannah Newcomb dealt a three-hit shutout in leading the No. 2 Lady Buffs to a 8-0 (five inning) victory over Abilene Christian Friday night at Schaeffer Park.
The victory lifted WT's season and Lone Star Conference records to 28-4 and 10-2, while the Wildcats fell to 21-18 and 5-8.
Caityln Crain (9-9) started for ACU and was touched up for eight runs on six hits and four walks, all of which came around to score.
After navigating her way through a relatively quiet first inning, Crain surrendered a pair of two-out home runs in the second that gave the Lady Buffs a 4-0 lead. Crain issued a walk in between two outs to start the frame, and that free pass came back to haunt her after Mercedes Garcia slammed a shot over the wall in left field. No. 8 batter Meghan Slattery then drew a free pass off a 3-2 pitch and Alyssa Lemos followed with a blast to the left-center gap.
WT ran its lead to 6-0 in the third on yet another two-out hit, this time by Lacey Seidle, who ripped a double to left center, which scored both Mallory Wyatt and Allie Cranfill - each of who reached via base on balls.
Back-to-back homers from Slattery and Lemos to begin the fourth clinched the 8-0 run-rule win for the Lady Buffs, but that's all they would get as reliever left the bases loaded with a pop up of Lacey Taylor and strike out of Lacey Seidl.
Newcomb improved to 11-2 following the win and struck out three, while allowing just threehits to , and . Winkfield's and Buckley's hits both came in the first inning, where ACU left runners stranded at first and second.
Newcomb ended the game by getting to ground into a 5-3 double play with two runners aboard.
The Wildcats and Lady Buffs conclude their three-game series Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader. Both games will be broadcast live in Abilene on 1280-AM KSLI.
Information provided by ACU athletics department.