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OLLU softball team signs San Antonio native Julianna Alvarado

Julianna Alvarado signs with OLLU softball

The OLLU softball team announced the addition of Julianna Alvarado. She will join the Saints for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Alvarado will be graduating from nearby John Jay High School. She plays both the infield and the pitcher position and will be majoring in biology. While in high school she received the character award and AB honor roll. Alvarado was also named defensive MVP. Her hobbies include reading and watching anime. Alvarado’s athletic role model is former softball collegiate All-American Keliani Ricketts.

Head Coach Bruce Lenington said, “Julianna is a local talent who was one of our first commitments in the 2021-2022 class. She has a great attitude, and we are looking forward to seeing her in Saints blue.”

The Saints finished the 2021 season with a 26-18 overall record and a 12-6 mark in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). Lenington led the team to the RRAC Tournament semifinals and will enter his third year at the helm in 2022.


OLLU softball team trailed 0-3 through the seventh inning of the third game against LSU-Alexandria (LSUA) on April 10. The Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) opponent, which is second in the conference at one-and-a-half games behind league-leader Texas A&M University – Texarkana, defeated the Saints the first two games of the three-game conference series 2-1 and 5-1. Hoping not to be swept by the Generals, the Saints prevailed to make a comeback in the top of the seventh to score four runs. Ciera Martinez (SR/San Antonio, Texas) started in the circle and was relieved at the bottom of the third by Angela Ramirez (JR/Converse, Texas). Martinez came back in the bottom of the seventh inning to replace Kelly Anne Salinas (SO/Laredo, Texas), and she was able to prevent the Pilots from scoring to give the Saints the 4-3 win.Salinas earned the win, while Martinez took the save.

Head Coach Bruce Lenington said, “I was really proud of the way our women battled all weekend, but putting up four runs, in our last at-bat to get a win, says a ton about the growth of our team.”

See game details on the Saints website.

Softball takes one of three against Texas A&M University-Texarkana

The softball team won one of three games against Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TAMUT) this weekend. The Saints are now 9-12 overall and 1-2 in Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) play.

Game one

The Eagles struck first in the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run from Jade Martin. The Saints responded in the bottom of the inning when Deandra Vera (SO/Uvalde, Texas) scored on the fielder’s obstruction. The game remained tied until the top of the sixth inning. Texarkana scored two runs, one on a wild throw and the other on a single by Laura Dyer. The Eagles held on to win 3-1 and take a 1-0 series lead. Starting pitcher Angela Ramirez (JR/Converse, Texas) allowed two runs and tallied seven strikeouts. Kaili Luna (FR/Converse, Texas) batted 2-for-3 at the plate.

Game two

The Saints struggled in the second game of the series. Eagles starting pitcher Anna Westberry pitched a complete game and struck out seven batters. She allowed five hits and one earned run. Texarkana’s offense exploded for eight runs and 10 hits. Madison Nunn (JR/Cibolo, Texas) batted 2-for-3, including one RBI. Kennah Kennedy (SR/Frost, Texas) set the Saints all-time stolen bases record with 27 when she stole second base in the sixth inning. The Saints fell 8-1 and headed into Sunday down 2-0 in the series. Despite the game loss, Ciera Martinez struck out 11.

Game three

Martinez pitched a gem in the series finale. She struck out 12 batters and allowed only two hits on 109 pitches. Nunn tripled to right field in the bottom of the fifth inning to score Kennedy and Jennifer Estrada (JR/El Paso, Texas). OLLU held on to win 2-0 and secure the last game of the series. Six different Saints hitters recorded at least one hit.

Up next

The Saints continue RRAC play against the University of the Southwest in a four-game series starting March 26 at 12 p.m.

Softball completes four games at the Red Dirt Classic

The softball team competed in the Red Dirt Classic Softball Tournament in Oklahoma City on Friday and Saturday. They defeated Mid-America Christian University (MACU) and lost to No. 2-ranked University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO), No. 4-ranked Oklahoma City University (OCU) and Central Methodist University (CMU). The Saints are now 6-9 on the season.

Head Coach Bruce Lenington said, “We had a unique opportunity to play three top-10 programs in the country, and we were able to see the areas where we need to grow to compete at this level.”

Game one vs. USAO

The Saints struggled against the No. 2-ranked Drovers to start the tournament. OLLU lost 7-1 in five innings and totaled three hits while USAO tallied 10. Freshman Kaili Luna (FR/Converse, Texas) batted 2-for-2 at the plate, and Joanna Gonzalez (JR/San Benito, Texas) picked up the other hit. The Saints’ lone run came when Kennah Kennedy (SR/Frost, Texas) scored on a misplayed grounder in the fifth inning.

Game two vs. Oklahoma City University

OLLU fell 6-0 in the second game of the tournament against the No. 4-ranked Stars. Ariel Montgomery (JR/Castroville, Texas) batted 2-for-3, and Madison Nunn (JR/Cibolo, Texas) tallied a stolen base. Oklahoma City’s Christie Betker pitched a complete game and allowed only three hits.

Game three vs. Central Methodist University

The Eagles’ offense was relentless, and they scored 12 runs on 12 hits. The Saints were limited to two hits in a 12-0 defeat in five innings. Luna and Alexis Valdez (SO/Seguin, Texas) recorded the hits for the Saints. Deandra Vera (SO/Uvalde, Texas) stole a base, and CMU’s Cortnee Brink-Baugh pitched all five innings.

Game four vs. Mid-America Christian University

The Saints closed the tournament with a 3-0 win in six innings over the Evangels. Ciera Martinez (SR/San Antonio, Texas) pitched a spectacular one-hit complete game and struck out six batters. OLLU scored two runs in the bottom of the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Gonzalez and a Montgomery double. Abigail Elizondo (FR/San Antonio, Texas) hit a sacrifice fly in the next inning to bring in the game’s third run.

Up next

The Saints welcome Schreiner University on March 18 for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.

OLLU softball’s Brittany Stone earns RRAC Player of the Week honors

BrittanyStone2015-7Brittany Stone of Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) was named Red River Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week for the dates of April 6-12.

Stone elevated the Saints to a doubleheader sweep of the University of Houston-Victoria with five hits and a pair of RBIs. The senior third baseman was 4-for-7 in the first game with a double and an RBI to lead a 4-2 victory. Read more online.