Buccaneer Softball Takes Two From Coastal Bend

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BRENHAM, TX -- The 10th-ranked Blinn College softball team had power and speed on its side Thursday afternoon in a double-header sweep of Coastal Bend College at Hohlt Park.

Blinn defeated Coastal Bend 10-2 and 13-1 as both games ended via mercy rule after five innings.

The Buccaneers saw three different players homer on the day, and of their 17 hits in the second contest, seven were doubles and another five were bunt singles.

“We were running our short game and mixing in our power,” said head coach Rick Church, whose club improved to 38-6 on the season and 15-5 in the Region XIV Conference. “We took quality at-bats.”

Blinn got the day off to a strong start with a five-run first-inning rally that included a three-run home run from Thomasina Garza. The Buccaneers added two more runs in the fourth and three in the fifth as Shelbe Sterling hit a solo home run.

Sophomore Kaci Federwisch struck out four and didn’t walk a batter on her way to improving to 19-5 on the season.

“She’s continuing that superb strikeout-to-walks ratio,” Church said. “She just doesn’t hurt herself by putting runners on.”

The Buccaneer offense looked even better in the second game. Tiffani McKnight homered and pitcher Caitie Carney doubled twice and drove in three runs in addition to throwing four innings. She struck out three batters to improve to 6-0 on the season before giving way to Jocelyn Tacquard, who struck out two in one inning of work as she continues to work her way back from injury. Tacquard threw three innings Wednesday against Angelina College.

“I’m trying to gradually bring her back and make sure we don’t overthrow her,” Church said. “She’s getting her timing back and her rhythm on all her pitches. We just want to make sure she’s 100 percent for regionals.”

With the victories, the Bucs extended their current win streak to 10 games. The team is off until Wednesday, when it hosts Alvin for a 3 p.m. double-header at Hohlt Park.

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