NATCHITOCHES, La. – An unearned run in the first inning and a two-run homer in the fifth frame helped Northwestern State seal their first conference victory of the season over the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team, 3-0, Friday night at the Lady Demon Diamond Complex.
The Islanders (5-12, 1-2) fell behind in the first inning and couldn't recover, dropping their first conference road game of the season. Junior Meagan McKinney and sophomore Jamise Jackson tallied the Islanders only two hits of the game while Jordan Trujillo (3-4) took the loss in the circle.
In six innings of work, the junior allowed four hits, three runs and two walks while striking out six batters.
Northwestern State (11-14, 1-0) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first frame. Leadoff batter Tara McKenney tacked on the Lady Demons first hit of the game with a double to left center. McKenney advanced to third on an error before scoring Northwestern State's first run of the game on a balk by Trujillo.
The Islanders put runners on the corners in the top of the fourth but was unable to execute. Mckinney singled to shortstop to start things off for the Islanders' bats and advanced to second on her first steal of the season. Sandy Schumann followed by reaching first on an error by third baseman Tiffany Ward, but the Islanders were left stranded on a groundout.
Trujillo put together a strong fourth inning, retiring all three batters she faced. However, the Islanders were unable to get anything going in the fifth before Northwestern State padded the lead to 3-0 in the bottom frame.
Cheyenne DeLaGarza started the inning off with a walk before Kyle Roos blasted a two-run home run to left center on a 1-1 pitch. Blair Beard followed suit with a single to left field and stole second, but the Islanders were able to escape the inning with a pop up to Schumann at second base.
Jackson tallied the Islanders second hit of the game in the top of the sixth with a single to right field, but the Lady Demons' defense came through to stop any Islanders' from scoring.
Brooke Boening (3-1) picked up her first conference win of the season in seven innings. She limited the Islanders to just two hits while striking out three and walking one.
The Islanders will look to bounce back tomorrow against the Lady Demons in a 12 p.m. contest at the Lady Demon Diamond Complex.
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