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The Clinton Herald
---- — VICTORIA, Texas – Despite picking up 12 hits and rallying to make things interesting, fourth-seeded Ashford dropped a 4-2 decision to fifth seed Louisiana State University-Alexandria on Tuesday on the first day of the Association of Independent Institutions softball tournament.
The Saints (23-22) got RBIs from freshman Ashley Soos and sophomore Shelby Hobelman, as well as three hits out of senior Hailey Hall, but they couldn’t string together a late rally.
LSU-Alexandria scored what would be the game’s deciding run in the third inning, when it brought three runs across the plate courtesy of a pair of RBI singles and an AU error.
The Lady Generals extended the lead to 4-0 in the top of the fourth on their third RBI single of the game off Ashford starter Nicole Schmidt. Schmidt fell to 11-7, allowing eight hits with one walk and four strikeouts in a complete game.
After stranding six runners in the first four innings, the Saints broke through in the fifth inning for their only runs. After a one-out double from Paige Murray, Soos brought her teammate home with a single to left field for the Saints’ first run.
Two batters later, Hobelman plated Soos from third on a fielder’s choice when the Houston native just beat out the back end of a potential double-play ball to keep the inning going.
But that was all the damage the Saints did. They stranded another half-dozen runners in the final three innings, leaving a total of 12 runners on base for the game.
Logan Hebert earned the win for the Lady Generals, walking two and striking out 10 in a complete game.
Ashford was scheduled to play third-seeded University of British Columbia this morning in an elimination game. The Thunderbirds were downed by the University of Houston-Victoria 7-2 in the second game of the day.