Posted: Feb 22, 2020
SEGUIN, Texas -- Top-ranked Texas Lutheran held Whitworth (Wash.) to no runs and only five hits in 5-0 and 8-0 victories Saturday at TLU's Ed Kruse Stadium (Morck Softball Field).
Sophomore right-hander Chassety Raines, the Most Outstanding Player of the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship Finals, tossed a two-hit shutout in the first game.
Raines (1-0) made her first appearance in the circle since tossing a three-hit, complete-game in TLU's national championship-clinching win over Emory (Ga.) last May.
Against Whitworth, Raines struck out five and did not issue a walk. She allowed only two singles against the Pirates.
In game two, Kayla Oliveira (3-0) and Ashlyn Strother combined on a three-hit shutout. Oliveira went four innings and surrendered one hit. She struck out three and did not walk a batter.
Strother struck out four and did not issue a walk.
Kelly Jurden stole a base in the first game and swiped another in the second game to tie Ashley Jacobsen for the career steals mark, at 100. Jurden, the national leader in steals in 2019 with 61, has 100 steals in 91 career games.
Senior shortstop Cassie Roche was 2-for-2 in the first game with a three RBI and a run scored. Jurden had a pair of hits and a walk.
Game two ended in six innings with TLU scoring three times in the sixth to push the lead to eight runs.
DeAnna Hernandez singled to right-center field to score the eighth run.
Rebecca Snow hit a two-run home run earlier in the sixth. Snow was 2-for-3 with three RBI.
Raines (starting in center in game two) was 4-for-4 with two RBI, and Madisyn Cates collected a pair of hits. Casey Martin had a hit and two walks and scored three runs.
TLU heads to Irving, Texas next weekend to open Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play against the University of Dallas. Game one of the three-game series starts at 6 p.m. on Friday. Saturday's doubleheader begins at noon.