Halbert’s Big Day Gives #12 WT the Series Finale in a Doubleheader Split with #2 Angelo St
SAN ANGELO, Texas – West Texas A&M junior right hander Kilee Halbert put her team on her back and had a big afternoon on Saturday as the Dalhart native threw 231 total pitches while allowing just four hits in 14.0 innings of work as #12 WT battled back from a 1-0 loss to take the series finale and end #2 Angelo State’s 26-game win streak in an extra inning thriller at Mayer Field in San Angelo. The Lady Buffs move to 23-6 (8-4 LSC) overall while the Belles are now 31-2 (11-1 LSC) on the season.
The Lady Buffs return to the friendly confines of Schaeffer Park next weekend as the host the Mustangs of Midwestern State (14-17, 5-10 LSC) during Strike Out Cancer Weekend presented by Joe Taco. The series begins on Friday night with first pitch set for 7 p.m. followed by a Saturday doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. in Canyon.
GAME 1 - #2 Angelo State 1, #12 West Texas A&M 0
For the second straight day, the battle of the top two pitching staffs in the Lone Star Conference didn’t disappoint as the teams were scoreless heading into the fourth inning. The Lady Buffs looked to take the lead in the top of the fourth inning as Ashley Hardin singled thru the left side to start the frame followed by a passed ball and an ASU error to put runners on first and third, Shayne Starkey walked two batters later to load the bases but the Belles forced a fielder’s choice and a strikeout to end the threat.
Angelo took the lead in the home half of the fourth as Danae Bina was hit by a pitch with one out followed by a strikeout before Brooke Mangold picked up her second RBI of the weekend with a double to the right center field gap to score Bina for the 1-0 lead.
Halbert picked up the loss (11-3) in the circle for the Lady Buffs as the LSC Preseason Pitcher of the Year allowed just one run (earned) on the one hit with nine walks and four strikeouts in the complete game effort.
GAME 2 - #12 West Texas A&M 3, #2 Angelo State 0
The series finale started out just like the first two games and Halbert and ASU’s Brandy Marlett battled in the circle to give the 700+ fans at Mayer Field a free inning of softball as the teams entered the eight inning scoreless with just five total hits in the first seven frames.
The Lady Buffs finally came up with a bit at-bat in the top of the eighth as Kourtney Coveney crushed the first pitch that she saw to deep right field for a solo homerun followed by an Hardin double to left and a Starkey bunt single with one out. WT added some insurance runs as Brittany Cruz fought off an outside pitch for a two-run single to right to run the lead to 3-0. Halbert finished off her long day in the circle in the home half as the junior stranded a run as a foul-out to Starkey in foul territory ended the game and ASU’s 26-game win streak, 3-0.
Halbert got the win (12-3) for the Lady Buffs in the circle as the reigning All-American allowed just three hits with two walks and six strikeouts in her 12th complete game of the season and her fourth shutout.