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Trailing 14-4 entering the bottom of the fifth, the Western New Mexico University softball team unleashed an eight-run rally to not only fend off the possible run-rule, but nearly came all the way back to tie. No. 15 West Texas A&M held on for a wild 17-14 game one win that counted as a Lone Star Conference game. In the nightcap, the Lady Buffs used the pitching and bat of Stevie McLemore to pull out the 3-1 victorySaturday.

The teams combined for 35 hits in the first game, with WT (19-3, 5-1 LSC) holding the 20-15 edge. The 15 hits and 14 runs by WNMU (1-24, 0-12 LSC) ties for the most allowed by the Lady Buffs this season in both categories as Tarleton State went for 14 runs and 15 hits on Mar. 3.

The offense was piling up hits for the Western New Mexico University softball team, as the Lady Mustangs put up 10 hits alone in the second game. No. 15 West Texas A&M showed why they're one of the top teams in the nation as they answered with 26 runs to take the doubleheader by scores of 12-2 and 14-3 in five innings in Lone Star Conference action Friday afternoon.

The long ball powered West Texas A&M (17-3, 4-1 LSC) as they hit 10 on the day, with six coming in game two. Junior Ariana Maldonado launched her own home run in the second game, her second round tripper of the year.

Western New Mexico University Director of Athletics Scott Noble is proud to announce the recent hiring of Frank Tristan as the next Head Football Coach for the Mustangs.

 “It is with great excitement and anticipation that I announce Frank Tristan as our new head football coach at Western New Mexico University,” Noble said. “Coach Tristan is not only a great football coach and proven winner, but he's a man of high character and integrity. There is no doubt that he will bring an exciting style of football, and will establish a new culture for our program.”

Redshirt sophomore Clarissa Moreno unloaded a grand slam in the first game, while freshman Grisdey Paredes-Alvarez drove in four runs in the second game as the Western New Mexico University softball team scored 13 runs Saturday. Texas Woman’s also had the offense going as they took the first game 13-6 that counted as a Lone Star Conference contest and then the second game 22-7 in six innings that was a non-conference, regional game.

WNMU (1-20, 0-9 LSC) ripped off 12 hits in the first game and extended the game past the fifth inning thanks for the long ball by Moreno. Texas Woman’s (10-6, 3-3 LSC) opened things with three runs in the first inning. The Lady Mustangs came right back in the home half. After junior Tycee Coplan reached on an error, she would move to third on a double by senior Mariangela Garcia. Redshirt freshman Alicia Habitzreuther drove in the run when she hit a sacrifice fly to left to leave the Pioneers in front 3-1 after the first.

Junior Tycee Coplan did all she could to help the Western New Mexico University softball team, as she posted four total hits, two in each game Friday against Texas Woman’s. The Pioneers just had too much offense and pitching as they swept the Lone Star Conference doubleheader 8-0 and 12-1 in five innings.

In the opener, Texas Woman’s (8-6, 2-3 LSC) started right away when Tylia Sylestine launched a solo home run in the first inning. WNMU (1-18, 0-8 LSC) threatened to get right back into it in the home half. Coplan began things with a single and after she stole second, a pair of strikeouts followed. That’s when both redshirt freshman Alicia Habitzreuther and freshman Grisdey Paredes-Alvarez walked to load the bases. Abby Walker settled down and got a foul out to third to end the threat.

Juniors Willie McCray and Ciara Fields were each named to the Lone Star Conference All-Conference awards Wednesday. Both were named to the honorable mention squads.

The start to last week was a strong one for the Western New Mexico University women’s tennis team as they defeated Mesa CC. They came close in other matches against Arizona Christian and Holy Names as well. They also went against Sonoma State, Colorado Mesa and St. Edward’s.

To open the week, the Lady Mustangs rolled to an 8-1 win against Mesa CC. In doubles, WNMU only lost three games. Jeanne Kolb/Klara Smolikova rolled to an 8-0 win at No. 2. Nadia Justiniano/Karina Diaz added an 8-1 win at the top flight, while Christine Roerick/Kaycie Cormier collected an 8-2 win at No. 3.

It was a busy week for the Western New Mexico University men’s tennis team as they played six matches in Phoenix, picking up wins against Mesa CC and Colorado Mesa. They also faced Sonoma State, Arizona Christian, Holy Names and St. Edward’s.

The Mustangs opened the week with a 5-4 victory against Mesa Community College. WNMU took two of the three doubles matches as David Valles/Liam Fraboulet posted an 8-4 win at No. 2. Zachary Grabovic/Niko Barr added an 8-5 win at No. 3. Vladimir Gnilozubov/Pablo Santibanez came close to making it a clean sweep at the top flight, but fell just short 8-9 (4).

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