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Bears softball sets record for victories with sweep of SFA

April 24, 1997

By Chad Jackson

Lariat Reporter

The Bears won both games in a non-conference double-header to tie the record of 36 wins in one season.

Paula Young, head coach, said these games were important because they helped close the gap on the record for most wins in a season.

The squad was in control throughout the first game, winning, 8-0 in the fifth inning due to a scoring rule.

The scoring rule states that when one team has an eight point lead or more, the game is over.

Stacey Allison, pitcher and a Houston sophomore, pitched a near perfect game allowing only one hit.

Allison pitched her sixth shutout of the season. She is also ranked fifth in the nation with four saves.

'I was just wanting the win,' Allison said. She said she was not thinking about the shutout.

Jennie Vargas, who plays second base and is a Glendale, Ariz., senior, hit her 12th double of the season in the second inning. This ties a record set in 1984 by Cindy Mosteller.

The team scored 4 runs in the second inning, making it the strongest inning of the night.

The second game was won 3-2 by the Bears in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI by Allison.

'I wasn't afraid of losing [because] I have so much confidence in our team,' Vargas said of the second game.

Young said she was confident in the team's position to win the game when Allison came to bat. The team had a runner on second, and the Bears needed a base hit, she said.

Young said hitting was difficult in the second game because it was hard to judge the left-handed pitcher.

The team is preparing for four conference games this weekend. A double-header against the University of Texas on Friday and a double-header against Texas A&M on Sunday.

Playing a non-conference team is not ideal preparation for this weekend's conference games, Vargas said.

She said that it is hard to remain motivated in non-conference games--especially at the end of the season.

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