CU leads HSU Invite, 2-1February 21, 2009
HOT SPRINGS, Arkansas (February 21) – After two days at the Henderson State Invitational softball tournament, the Cameron Aggies (4-8, 0-0 LSC North) lead the pack with a tournament record of 2-1. Eight teams are competing for the event’s championship and while five teams have 2-1 records, CU holds the overall advantage with a +12 margin of victory. The Aggies won two games on Friday, one today, and have two to play tomorrow.
“Our girls really stayed focused today and took control of the game from the beginning,” Head Coach Beth Watson said. “We did a nice job of controlling the tempo of the game.”
In the tournament’s opener, Cameron got back on the winning track with a 9-1 victory over the Southern Arkansas Muleriders. The Aggies scored runs in all but two innings and recorded 9 runs on 9 hits with 2 errors. Junior catcher Callie Schlatter went 1-3 at the plate with the game’s only home run.
Cameron’s second game of the tournament was a 4-2 loss to the Missouri Western State Griffons on Friday evening. The Aggies finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning to go up 2-1, but MWSU scored three unanswered runs to seal the victory. CU finished with 2 runs on 4 hits and a pair of errors.
After a nearly six-hour rain delay and three different warm-up sessions, the Aggies finally took the field this afternoon against the Tarleton State Texans, a fellow Lone Star Conference squad. Cameron avenged their early-season double-header loss to TSU with an 8-2 victory in today’s game. The Aggies had a great game offensively after scoring 8 runs on 12 hits. They also recorded an error.
“We knew that we needed a good team effort today,” Coach Watson said. “The girls felt like the two losses to Tarleton State just slipped through their fingers. We had some different people come through and that is what you like to see.”
CU matches up with Drury University and host Henderson State University tomorrow in their final two games of the tournament. Both DU and HSU have 1-2 records in this weekend’s tournament.
“Today’s win can be a real momentum boost for us,” Coach Watson said. “We finally put together a really good game and hopefully that will carry over to tomorrow. Drury is a solid team and so is HSU. If we can keep our momentum going it will help us heading into conference play. We will definitely want to play well tomorrow.”