Host East Texas Baptist put together a pair of big innings Thursday, and the Lady Tigers cruised to a 9-0 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on the opening day of the 2009 NCAA Division III Softball Championship West Regional at Taylor Field.
The Lady Tigers (38-7), regular season champions of the American Southwest Conference East Division, advance to face rival Louisiana College at 2 p.m. Friday.
The Athenas (28-15) will face SCIAC rival La Verne in an elimination game Friday at noon.
ETBU exploded for four runs in the second inning without ever getting the ball out of the infield. Stacy Jordan started things with an infield single, and came around to score the game’s first run on Dani Miller’s groundout.
Kaleigh Mushinski walked to push across the second run, and Adrienne Meier delivered a rare two-run infield single latr in the inning.
ETBU added five more runs in the fourth inning, all coming with two outs. Back-to-back singles from Brooke Martin and Meier started the rally, and Jordan made it 5-0 with an infield single.
Jones followed with a two-run single to center for a 7-0 lead, and Miller capped the win with a two-run double to right-center for the run-rule victory.
ETBU’s Ayrika Henderson (18-3) allowed just four hits and struck out five in getting the five-inning victory. Ericka Weingart (10-8) took the loss for the Athenas, allowed four earned runs on three hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings.