ODESSA - UT Permian Basin softball got its offense back on track Tuesday afternoon, scoring 17 runs in 10 innings while pitchers Sloan Springfield and Abrie Castillo each tossed five innings of shutout action in a pair of 8-0 and 9-0 wins over University of the Southwest at the UTPB Softball Field.
Springfield was nearly untouchable in the opener, allowing just a pair of hits and two walks in the five-inning victory. She picked up her team-leading fifth win of the season.
Valerie Gonzalez got the first run of the game as UTPB scored twice in the third inning, scoring on a throwing error at the plate from the outfield. Alicia Marion later came in for a 2-0 lead on a base hit back up the middle from Jessica Gonzales.
UTPB added two more in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run single to right by Marion.
Courtney Cagle singled to right in the fifth, scoring Kayla Martin. Vanessa Alonzo scored on the play on a throwing error for the 6-0 lead.
Marion got her third hit of the day to score Cagle, and Choco Munoz neded the game when she came home on a bases-loaded single by Abby Hernandez.
Marion went 3-4, driving in three from the leadoff spot in the lineup. Cagle and Munoz each scored twice in the game.
Castillo picked up her first win of the season in game two for UTPB. She struck out seven batters in the five-inning win, allowing three hits and a pair of walks with one hit by pitch.
UTPB rode a big second inning to the win, scoring seven runs in the inning for a 7-0 lead. Vanessa Alonzo grabbed the first run, scoring on an error after a Savanna Medina single to third. Choco Munoz followed with a two-run double to drive in April Arellano and Medina. Another RBI base hit by Marion put UTPB in the lead 4-0, and Abby Hernandez increased the advantage to 6-0 on a two-run single to center. She scored later on an error for the 7-0 advantage.
Marion helped the Falcons to their final two runs in the bottom of the third, lining a two run double to score Medina and Valerie Gonzalez.
Marion led UTPB with a pair of hits and three more RBI in game two, while Hernandez and Munoz each added two runs driven in.
The Falcons return to Lone Star Conference action this weekend, traveling to Wichita Falls for a three-game set against MSU Texas.