IRVING, Texas — The Southwestern College softball team opened the season Friday at the University of Dallas, dropping both games of an exhibition doubleheader.
The Lady Builders fell in walk-off fashion in a 4-3 loss of the opener, then were run-ruled 15-7 in the nightcap.
Dallas center fielder Liz Cordova drove home Julie Duenas with a single off of reliever Mackenzie Lyons with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning for the game-winner in the opener.
Lyons went three innings in relief of starter Maria Montoya. Lyons allowed four hits and two earned runs, with three strikeouts and two walks.
Montoya lasted 3 2/3 innings, scattering five hits and two earned runs, with two walks.
The Lady Builders struck first with an unearned run in the top of the first inning on an RBI double by Loren Wright.
Dallas took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second, and the teams traded single runs through the middle innings.
No. 9 batter Alexis Gouyton led off the top of the fifth with a triple and scored on a groundout by Sydni Fulks.
Trailing 3-2, Southwestern knotted the score when Mackenzie Lyons stroked a one-out home run in the top of the sixth.
Loren Wright and Sierra Meyer added doubles for the Lady Builders, who committed three errors.
Emily Martin went two innings in relief to earn the victory in the circle for the Lady Crusaders, who outhit Southwestern 9-5. Dallas starter Maggie Watts tossed three-hit ball through five innings, with two strikeouts and one walk.
The Lady Builders had just tied the nightcap 7-7 with two runs in the top of the seventh, but Dallas came back with eight runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Lyons was saddled with the loss again, though just three of the five runs she allowed were earned. She went three innings in relief of Montoya, giving up six hits and two walks, with one strikeout.
Montoya gave up 10 runs, eight earned, on five hits and eight walks.
Lyons went 3 for 4 at the plate with two runs and two RBI. Kayleen Gonzales was 2 for 2 with a double and a walk, driving in two. Wright was a perfect 3 for 3 with a walk, and Kallie Albrecht added two hits as well.
Southwestern outhit the Lady Crusaders 15-7 in the nightcap, but committed three more errors.
Dallas 4, Southwestern 3 — Game 1
Dallas 15, Southwestern 7 — Game 2