No. 12 Lady ‘Runners Sweep Paris at Home


No. 12 Lady Roadrunners Sweep Paris to Earn First Conference Wins

AC Athletics/Gary Stallard

 

That’s one way to break out of a slump.

The 12th-ranked Angelina College Lady Roadrunners – ranked as high as No. 8 nationally just weeks ago – broke out of a four-game losing streak to open conference play, rebounding in a big way with a doubleheader sweep of Paris College Saturday at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin.

Jordan Kisselburg homered twice in the first game, Lynsey Mitchell homered twice in the second – including a walk-off grand slam – and Kali Holcomb homered in each game to lead the Lady ‘Runners to 8-0 and 11-1 wins over the Lady Dragons.

Angelina College’s Jordan Kisselburg drives a ball out of the park – one of her two homers – in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader against Paris College. The No. 12 Lady ‘Runners swept the Lady Dragons 8-0 and 11-1 at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin. (AC Press photo/Gary Stallard)

Angelina College’s Jordan Kisselburg drives a ball out of the park – one of her two homers – in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader against Paris College. The No. 12 Lady ‘Runners swept the Lady Dragons 8-0 and 11-1 at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin. (AC Press photo/Gary Stallard)

Kisselburg went deep twice in the opener, blasting a three-run shot in the second inning and a two-run bomb in the third to finish with five RBI in the game. Holcomb added a two-run blast in the fourth to give AC a 7-0 lead, and Kaylee Parker capped with win with an RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth to score Ashley Davis with the walk-off run in the 8-0 win.

The offense backed a solid performance from starting pitcher Whitney Howerton, who gave up only a third-inning double to Lady Dragon Shelby Little; in every other frame, Howerton was absolutely perfect, finishing with one strikeout as the Lady ‘Runner defense played flawlessly behind her.

Angelina College pitcher Whitney Howerton delivers during Saturday’s doubleheader against Paris College. Howerton came within a single allowed hit of tossing a perfect game in the opener, and the No. 12 Lady ‘Runners swept the Lady Dragons 8-0 and 11-1 at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin. (AC Press photo/Gary Stallard)

Angelina College pitcher Whitney Howerton delivers during Saturday’s doubleheader against Paris College. Howerton came within a single allowed hit of tossing a perfect game in the opener, and the No. 12 Lady ‘Runners swept the Lady Dragons 8-0 and 11-1 at Roadrunner Complex in Lufkin. (AC Press photo/Gary Stallard)

In the nightcap, AC took a 1-0 lead on Kisselburg’s bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the first, opening the lead to 5-0 in the third on Parker’s RBI single, Kisselburg’s sacrifice fly and Mitchell’s two-run homer to centerfield.

Paris scored its only run of the day in the fourth inning, getting a sacrifice fly from Chassity Mendoza.

Holcomb answered the Paris run with a solo homer in the fourth to pad the Lady ‘Runner lead at 6-1. Lauren Garza added an RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth to score Ashley Hallmark, who had doubled earlier.

In the bottom of the sixth, AC got a single from Shay Vegas, a walk to Parker and a single from Kisselburg to load the bases. Mitchell then banged her homer off the scoreboard to end the game in an 11-1 AC win.

AC's Lynsey Mitchell watches her walk-off grand slam bang off the scoreboard, giving the Lady Roadrunners an 11-1 win and a sweep of Paris College. (AC Press photo/Gary Stallard)

AC’s Lynsey Mitchell watches her walk-off grand slam bang off the scoreboard, giving the Lady Roadrunners an 11-1 win and a sweep of Paris College. (AC Press photo/Gary Stallard)

The Lady Roadrunners travel to Navarro College on Wednesday. The doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. in Corsicana.

The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.