Valdez tabs no-hitter as softball sweeps Southwest
The No. 2-ranked OLLU softball team downed the University of the Southwest (USW) in both games on March 26. The Saints improve to 26-4 overall and remain undefeated in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) at 12-0. The Lady Mustangs drop to 7-18 overall and 2-10 in RRAC play.
The Saints were 39-13 against the Lady Mustangs prior to the games.
The Saints blanked the Lady Mustangs in game one 10-0. OLLU scored all 10 runs in the first inning. Seven different players recorded at least one RBI during the inning. Madison Nunn, Madison Garza and Rebecca Duran all tabbed doubles during the frame. Cassandra Valdez started in the circle and pitched her first no-hitter as a Saint. She earned the win after striking out 11 batters in the five-inning run rule. Terrazas finished with three RBIs and Garza batted a perfect 2-for-2.
OLLU tallied 13 runs on 12 hits in the second game of the doubleheader. The Lady Mustangs took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but the Saints responded quickly. Alyssa Flores and Ariel Montgomery recorded RBIs in the second inning to give the Saints a 2-1 advantage. Terrazas and Valdez hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning and the Saints tacked on even more runs. They plated 11 runs in the inning and run-ruled the Lady Mustangs again 13-4. Angela Ramirez pitched all five innings to earn the win. She allowed three hits and four earned runs. The Saints have won 17 straight games.
The Saints travel to face the University of Houston-Victoria in a doubleheader on tomorrow at 2 p.m.