orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

April 24, 2014

Ragsdale, Cole racking up at collegiate level

Van Wade
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — West Orange-Stark product Rebekah Ragsdale, a senior at Mary Hardin-Baylor and Little Cypress-Mauriceville product Raven Cole, a freshman at Louisiana State University Eunice are both racking up big numbers on the collegiate circuit.

Ragsdale, a senior at Mary Hardin-Baylor, broke the UMHB Fivision III-era record for wins in a career with 45 and in career strikeouts with 294.

The Mary Hardin-Baylor softball team continued its sweep of Sul Ross State University with a 10-0 win over the Lobos in Alpine. The win improved the Cru to 25-12 on the season and 20-10 in American Southwest Conference action while the Lobos fell to 4-31 on the season and 4-26 in conference play.

Dayton Kunz drove in two runs in the top of the first for a 2-0 lead. Leah Brown and Tori Gomez hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the top of the third to extend the Cru's lead to four, before Kunz hit a single down the middle for a five-run advantage. Chandler Henson drove in two more runs off a double for a 7-0 advantage after three.  Kunz then used a three-RBI homer in the top of the fourth to secure the 10-0 victory. Kunz led the Cru with four RBI while Henson added two. Brown had a team-high three hits and three runs scored. The Cru totaled 10 runs on 12 hits while the Lobos had three hits and one error.

Ragsdale earned the win in the circle for the Cru, allowing three hits in five innings pitched. Ragsdale struck out seven batters and walked none. The win marked Ragsdale's 15th of the season.

The regionally-ranked Cru was graded No. 6 in the West Region in the NCAA Division III Regional Rankings. UMHB joins fellow American Southwest Conference members University of Texas at Tyler, ranked first in the West and East Texas Baptist University, ranked second. UMHB returns to action in a weekend series April 25th-26th against Hardin-Simmons University in Belton.

The LSU Eunice softball team reached the 50-win mark with a doubleheader sweep over East Mississippi Community College Saturday afternoon, winning game one 6-0 before a 9-0 victory in the second game. The Lady Bengals (50-2) outhit East Mississippi (25-19) 18-6 in the wins, posting 13 hits in the opener before collecting five hits and seven walks on their way to the second win. Pitchers Raven Cole (LCM) and Destin Vicknair each earned their 22nd wins of the season, as the duo continue to sit tied for the most victories in the country.