Facing their second preseason nationally-ranked American Southwest Conference foe in as many weekends of league play, the Howard Payne Lady Jackets were the victims of two home losses to the UT-Dallas Lady Comets, 4-3 and 5-0, Friday afternoon.
The opener saw UT-Dallas (2-2, 2-0) grab a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning, with Howard Payne (3-10-2, 0-5) fighting back to draw even in the bottom of the fourth. The Lady Comets immediately answered with two more runs in the top of the fifth, while the Lady Jackets could muster just one more in the bottom of the fifth.
HPU's fourth inning featured a leadoff single by Tonya Thompson, then Katelyn Dickerson reached on an error and Kayla Boucher walked to load the bases. With one one, Shawneece Jones singled up the middle to plate Thompson, then Gabrille Roque's RBI ground drove in Dickerson.
The fifth-inning run for HPU was the result of an RBI singled to left field by Dickerson, which plated Audrey Simpson who began the inning with a single into right field.
Thompson led Howard Payne's six-hit attack with a pair while Dickerson, Jones, Roque, Simpson and Morgean Schultz added one apiece.
In the circle, Simpson tossed five innings and surrendered four runs on 10 hits with a strikeout and a walk. Kendra Evans worked two innings and gave up just a pair of hits.
In Friday's second game, UT-Dallas scored all its runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Tia Campos worked 3.2 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Evans yielded just one hit and one walk with a strikeout in 2.1 innings. Roque also pitched a scoreless inning, allowing one walk with one strikeout.