Eagles lose ground in baseball standings; Softball team sweeps Southwest

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A Houston-Victoria runner takes a lead at third during the Jaguars' 4-2 win Friday over the Eagles at George Dobson Field.

Texas A&M University-Texarkana’s postseason hopes could be in jeopardy Saturday when the Eagles host Houston-Victoria for a noon doubleheader at George Dobson Field.

The Jaguars rallied Friday to beat Texarkana in the series opener, 4-2. The Eagles slip to 24-24 on the year and 11-11 in the Red River Athletic Conference. Victoria is now a game back of the Eagles at 17-25 overall and 10-12 in conference play.

TAMU-T relief pitcher Zac Harrington gets a drink between innings Friday.

Right-hander Jacob Atkinson went all nine innings to get the win for the Jaguars. He allowed six hits, walked three and struck out one. Zac Harrington replaced starter Caleb Baker in the first inning, who left with an injury. Harrington allowed single runs in the fifth and seven innings.

Garrett Harrison led the Jaguars at the plate with four singles and two RBI. Maxwell Sheldon had two hits for the winners. Cal Hodgins was the only Eagle with two hits. Tim Frith and Brayden Cook contributed run-scoring singles.

Victoria played outstanding defense with no errors, while the Eagles committed three miscues, two by outfielders.

TAMU-T softball team sweeps pair

Hannah Cooper banged out five hits in Friday’s twinbill with Southwest (N.M.), and Texas A&M-Texarkana won both games, 7-3 and 16-7.

The Eagles improve to 19-12 overall and 12-5 in the RRAC. Southwest falls to 7-25 on the year and 5-12 in conference.

Texarkana hammered 20 hits in the nightcap, scoring eight runs in the second inning to take command. Kacey Maines and Morgan Bullock were both 3-for-3. Bullock scored twice and drove in five runs. Maines scored three runs and had two RBI. Cooper also had three hits, scoring three times and driving home two.

Baylee Taylor, Jaden Lance and Jewels Caro had two hits each. Bullock had two home runs and a double, while Spring hit her second roundtripper of the day. Freshman Lauryn Henson started in the circle and got the win with late help from Ashley Nipper.

The Eagles trailed 3-1 in the opener, scoring three in the third to capture the lead. Cassie Vasquez went the distance for the pitching win, scattering seven hits and striking out four.

Cooper, Lauren Bierschenk, and Kallee King had two hits each for Texarkana. Cooper had two doubles in both games, while King and Spring homered.

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