SEGUIN, Texas – Southwestern scored one run in the fifth and sixth innings and held on the for win, defeating the University of Dallas 2-1 on Friday afternoon in game two of the SCAC Conference Tournament.
It was a relatively quiet start to the game as Southwestern was held to just one hit in the first four innings of play. Ashleigh Scott's stand-up triple to right field in the fifth brought home Karen Ramirez to break the stalemate and give Southwestern a 1-0 lead through the fifth.
Starting pitcher Cozette Palmer was outstanding early as she scattered three hits in the first five innings with three strikeouts and one walk.
Dallas threatened in response to the Pirate run in the top of the sixth, advancing a runner to second on a passed ball with two outs. Garcia drew a walk to keep the rally alive and brought up Compte who leads the SCAC in homeruns. Palmer regrouped and posted a huge strikeout to end the inning and retain the lead for the Pirates.
Southwestern manufactured another run in the bottom of the sixth as Cristina Crandall's RBI infield single brought home Caroline Young to give SU a 2-0 lead heading into the final inning.
Dallas refused to go quietly, however, as they moved runners into scoring position, second and third, with two outs in the top of the seventh. A wild pitch scored one and advanced the tying run to third base, but Palmer coolly collected her fifth strikeout of the day to seal the complete game win.
Six Pirates posted hits in the game with none collecting more than one.
The win improves Southwestern to 16-18-1 overall and they advance in the winner's bracket to face #2 seed Trinity at 6 p.m.