Taylor Odom gave herself – and her teammates – a nice birthday present on Sunday.
Odom shut down the No. 11 Blinn College Lady Buccaneers in the nightcap of the day’s doubleheader, leading AC to a 2-1 win while stopping a potent Blinn offense that had hammered the Lady ‘Runners 14-2 in the opener.
Odom held the Lady Bucs to one run on six hits over seven innings, getting a huge defensive assist from right fielder Bryli Lee. When Blinn put two runners aboard with one in the sixth, Lee ran down a liner along the right field line for the catch, then threw a strike to third base to nail Lady Buc runner Katie Andre to end the inning and thwart the Blinn rally. Odom then retired the Lady Buccaneers in order in the seventh for the win.
Kayla Lahrmann’s two-run homer in the second followed Lee’s double to stake Odom to the lead.
Blinn hammered 19 hits and 14 runs in the 14-2 win in the opener. Meghann Wrinkle contributed a pair of three-run triples, clearing the bags in the second inning with a drive down the third-base line and emptying the sacks in the fourth with a shot down the right side. Lynsey Mitchell drove in both AC runs with a first-inning double.
The Lady Roadrunners play next at the Lamar State-Port Arthur tournament starting Friday in Port Arthur.
Angelina College second baseman Miranda Wiggins throws from her knees after a diving stop during Sunday’s doubleheader against Blinn College. The Lady Roadrunners split with the 11th-ranked Lady Bucs, dropping the first game 14-2 before bouncing back for a 2-1 win in the nightcap. (AC Press photo)