First win in program history over a No. 1 on the road puts LCU into Regional Finals

Tyler, TX (May 13, 2022) – Lubbock Christian University Starting Pitcher No. 16 Taylor Franco went the distance with her 50and full game of her career and the first of her career in an NCAA postseason game, as she helped the No. 4-seeded Lady Chaparrals to their first road victory in the NCAA. program history on a nationally ranked No. 1 program with a 5-1 victory Friday afternoon. The win clinched a berth in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Final on Saturday as they will have two chances for a win to move them to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Super Regional. (again facing UT Tyler, as they beat Angelo State in an elimination game). Saturday’s game(s) start at noon, with an “if necessary” game scheduled thirty minutes after the game ends (if LCU loses).

GAME INFORMATION
Note: LCU 5, UTT 1
Records: LCU (39-10), UTT (41-6)
Location: Tyler, TX (Suddenlink Field)
Playing time: 2:00
Weather: 84F, Sunny, Wind: Calm

LCU Highlights:

Turning:

In the top of the sixth inning with the bases loaded and two out, UTT, trailing 4-1, hit a ground fly ball in the middle. LCU second baseman Skylar Herrera dived to his right and managed to deflect the ball with the end of his glove, which sent the ball rolling to the shortstop Brooke Makemsonwho managed to recover the ball with his foot on the wrong one to get the forced takedown and end the threat.

How did it happen:
A first single from Savannah Wysocki was the first of two Lady Chaps hits late in the first inning, and he set up a sacrificial fly Tyla Lee for a 1-0 lead. In the second inning, LCU’s leading trio of batters each reached base, resulting in a UTT pitching switch, as they replaced undefeated starter Sarah Gartman with Kaylee Davis. She was greeted with a goal-laden two-run double by Kamryn Gibbs, the first batter she faced. LCU added an extra run in the second inning three-run with a sacrificial fly to right field by Brooke Makemson for a 4-0 lead.


In the top of the sixth inning, the Patriots recorded three straight singles to start the inning, with Tatum Goff’s single resulting in UTT’s only run of the game. A trio of groundouts followed, the last of which required diving defensive play from Herrera to deflect a ground fly to Makemson covering second base for the end-inning fielder pick.


LCU was able to recover the run in the home half of the sixth inning against a Tiarra Delrosario double the left field line. His double followed a Wysocki single and they each went out with two outs. In the seventh inning, the Patriots had two runners on base before Franco sealed the victory by forcing Goff to foul the LCU catcher. Tyla Lee to complete the game.

Inside the numbers:

  • Taylor Franco’s 50and complete career game (his 101st pitcher appearance) is his 16and of the season. She went all 7.0 innings and allowed one run on six hits, while improving to 21-4 this season (56and career victory). It went 2-0 against UTT this season.
  • Savannah Wysocki went 2 for 3 in the game and is now 7 for 10 in the tournament.
  • Kamryn Gibbs entered the game with two doubles this season and four in her career. She went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and drove in two runs. His double loaded bases in the second inning was his second loaded base hit this season.
  • The Lady Chaps improved to 19-0 in the first set and 31-2 in first place overall.
  • LCU improved to 10-6 in contests in which they did not homer.
  • The Lady Chaps are 0-3 all-time in road competition against No. 1 programs, with Friday marking their first in program history. The last time LCU beat a No. 1 team was March 27 this season in Lubbock, Texas against No. 1 UT Tyler.
  • Brooke Makemson produced its conference-leading sixth sacrifice fly of the season, which tied for fourth for the program’s highest sacrifice total in a single season. LCU had two sacrifice flies in the game for the fourth time this season, and they have 20 overall on the season (second in the conference).
  • Angela Donaldson has produced one stolen base and is 17 for 17 on stolen base attempts this season.
  • The Lady Chaps improved to 9-8 in games against nationally ranked programs and earned their sixth win against a nationally top-10 program (highest single-season win total against top-10 programs since 2013).
  • The win moved LCU to an all-time 3-4 record in the NCAA Division II playoffs. They advance to the regional final for the first time in the program’s history.
  • LCU improved to 17-1 this season in road games. LCU’s best single-season record in road games is 12-1 as of 2012, and their single-season record for road wins is now 17, as it surpassed 15 road wins since 2010.

HISTORICAL NOTE

LCU goes 3-2 all-time against UT Tyler and 2-1 against UTT in games played at Tyler. LCU is also 3-1 all-time in games played at Suddenlink Field.

AND AFTER
LCU takes on UT Tyler on Saturday in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional final. UTT must defeat LCU twice, but an LCU victory moves them to next week’s NCAA Division II South Central Super Regional (one of the top three series held by the remaining seed of the two groups of four teams in the South Central Regional (Texas A&M- Commerce hosts the other slice in the region).

 

Ryan H. Bowman