LCU SOFTBALL: Lady Chaps lose 3-2 to Hilltoppers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

LCU SOFTBALL: Lady Chaps lose 3-2 to Hilltoppers

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AUSTIN, Texas (March 28, 2014) – Jessica Loiacano and Megan Sullivan each recorded a homerun in Friday's contest versus St. Edward's for a pair of Lady Chap scores on the day, but three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning propelled the Hilltoppers to a 3-2 win in a weather-delayed game at Diane Daniels' Field.

An unstable weather forecast suspended play following the bottom of the fourth inning for thirty minutes with the Lady Chaps (30-6, 9-4) hanging on to a 2-0 lead. Lightning was detected within an eight-mile radius prompting St. Edward's officials to clear the field and halt play until no lightning was detected for half-an-hour. With no rain or lighting ever seen before or during the delay, the Lady Chaps and Hilltoppers (23-14, 8-5) resumed play in the top of the fifth before St. Edward's took the game in the sixth.

Ashton Bell chalked up the first hit of the day in the top of the first, knocking the ball through the second baseman's glove, but was questionably called for leaving early to end any scoring opportunity for LCU.

Loiacano blasted her homer in the second inning to score run number one of the series. Morgan Colburn singled to center field and made her way into scoring position on a chopper to left field by Katera Eltsosie, but two strikeouts by SEU's Katelyn Klug and a groundout by Kirstie Cochran finished off the Lady Chaps' chances of scoring.

Sullivan put LCU up 2-0 in the third inning with a shot to the parking garage, as Loiacano followed with a single to right field and advanced on a wild pitch, but a Colburn strikeout completed the inning. Kirstie Cochran gave the Chaps a deep shot to the center field fence, but SEU's Cydney Ervin snagged the catch prior to the weather delay.

Loiacano and Colburn each tallied singles in the top of the sixth before Eltsosie hit into a double play for two outs. However, the Hilltoppers thought it was the final out of the inning, and a heady Eltsosie reached second amidst the premature celebration. A groundout by Diana De La Paz registered the actual third out of the frame, setting up St. Edward's comeback.

In the sixth, SEU's Kaci Olson and Kendall Lucas racked up singles, a sacrifice bunt by Samantha Gilmore advanced them each a base, and Olson stole home to slice LCU's lead to 2-1. A double by Hilltopper Lauren Brode scored Laura Alvarado and Kendall Lucas to give St. Edward's a 3-2 lead.

The Lady Chaps got off to a rough start in the seventh in an attempt to extend the game into the second half of the frame with a fly out by Rebecca Billings and a ground out by Cochran. Mallory Koschany made it to first by way of a walk and put the LCU tying run at second base, but a Bell groundout completed the game.

Klug (12-6) earned the win with 10 hits, a walk and three strikeouts, while Eltsosie (15-3) suffered the loss with nine hits, a walk and a pair of strikeouts.

The Lady Chaps and Hilltoppers wrap up the series tomorrow in a doubleheader beginning at noon.

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