The Port Arthur News
GALVESTON — Sophomore Tiffany Schwartzenburg hit the second-ever grand slam home run in Lamar State College-Port Arthur history as the Seahawks softball team ended a four-game losing streak with a 6-4 decision over Galveston College on Saturday afternoon.
Schwartzenburg's homer came in the first inning of Saturday's second game of the Region 14 doubleheader, giving the Seahawks a 4-0 lead.
The inning started with Brittany Viramontes reaching on a walk and Mindy Leday following that with a single. Laney Hernandez reached on a fielder's choice with Viramontes being thrown out at third and Leday reaching second. When Valerie Brown singled to left field, the bases were loaded for Schwartzenburg's heroics. The sophomore, a graduate of West Brook, took the first pitch over the centerfield wall for a 4-0 Seahawks lead.
The Hawks, who are now 22-18 overall, picked up two more runs in the second inning with Allison Angelle crossing the plate.
Angelle collected a one-out single and Mallory Koschany doubled to plate her teammate for a 5-0 lead. Viramontes picked up the RBI on a single to left that scored Koschany.
The Hawks held the Whitecaps scoreless until the fourth inning when Galveston picked up four runs.
Katy Austin pitched the first four innings for the Seahawks, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and collected the win. Danielle Treadway pitched the rest of the way, earning the save after allowing no hits through the final three innings with two strikeouts.
At the plate, Brown finished 3 for 3 with a run scored while Leday was 2 for 4 with a run scored as the Seahawks collected 10 hits in the game.
Galveston College managed a 3--0 win in the first game of the doubleheader, in spite of the fact that the Hawks out-hit the Whitecaps 8-3.
The Whitecaps scored two in the first and one in the second as Lamar State struggled to rebound for the win through the final five innings.
Viramontes led the Hawks at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance with two doubles at the plate while Laney Hernandez had a 2-for-3 performance. Koschany, Leay and Treadway each had a hit.
Candice Spurlock pitched the distance, allowing one earned run and four walks.
The Seahawks are back in action Monday, weather permitting, when they take on Baton Rouge Community College in a non-conference face-off. Lamar State heads out on a road trip to Alvin Community College on Wednesday, April 4 before taking a holiday break.