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Buff briefs: A look at the week in WT athletics


West Texas A&M and Amarillo High graduate Sydney Greeson rounds third on her way in to score against Central Oklahoma on Sunday at Schaeffer Park. [Trevor Fleeman/ Press Pass Sports]

Editors note: This is a weekly recap for all West Texas A&M spring sports.

WT softball completes perfect nonconference record

The West Texas A&M softball team completed its nonconference schedule without a blemish after a pair of against Central Oklahoma University on Sunday at Schaeffer Park in Canyon.

WT won Sunday’s first game in a 6-5 walk-off thriller against UCO, followed by a 7-3 victory.

The Lady Buffs are off to their best start since the 2018 season, at 12-0, as they get set to open the Lone Star Conference schedule at UT Tyler on Friday.

After allowing the Bronchos to tie the game up, 5-5, in the top of the of the seventh of the first game, senior standout catcher Shanna McBroom came through in the bottom of the eighth with a clutch bases loaded walk-off single that plated Malaya Delfin for the game-winning run. McBroom was 2-for-5 in the contest with a pair of RBIs.

In the night cap, sophomore slugger Ruby Salzman was 3-for-3 with two solo homers adding to her LSC-best seventh on the season.


West Texas A&M’s Abel Pena swings at a pitch against UT Permian Basin on Sunday at Wilder Park. [Trevor Fleeman/ Press Pass Sports]

WT baseball breaks out brooms against UTPB

The West Texas A&M bats were alive in well during a three-game sweep of Lone Star Conference foe UT Permian Basin over the weekend at Wilder Park in Canyon.

The No. 11 Buffs completed the sweep with a 9-1 win on Sunday. WT feasted on Falcon pitching Friday, Saturday and Sunday combining for 36 runs in the wins.

Senior Reese Patterson highlighted Friday nights 14-8 victory, going 4-for-5 at the dish including a triple with three RBIs. In Saturday’s 13-6 rout of UTPB, Kennedy Badgett and Eric Ortiz ignited the Buffs with 3-run home runs, and on Sunday, Will Fuenning went 2-for-2 with a double and a pair of runs driven in.

WT improves to 10-2 overall and more importantly 7-1 in LSC play. The Buffs will now hit the road for the first time time this year when they open the first of a three-game set at UT Tyler on Friday.



Lexy Hightower, right, and the West Texas A&M Lady Buffs will be the No. 3-seed in the Lone Star Conference Tournament. [Tom Carver/ Press Pass Sports]

WT basketball teams set for LSC Tournament

The Lone Star Conference men and women’s basketball tournament has been set.

The No. 2-ranked West Texas A&M Buffs are the No. 2-seed after falling to regular season league champion Lubbock Christian, 103-85, on Saturday.

The Buffs (12-2 overall) will open the LSC Tournament hosting a quarterfinal matchup against No. 7-seed UT Permian Basin (8-11) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Bank Center.

On the women’s side, WT played a tough game, but fell to No. 1-ranked LCU, 48-45, on Saturday. The No. 16 Lady Buffs (14-5 overall) have landed the No. 3-seed in the LSC Women’s Tournament, and will host No. 6-seed Texas A&M-International (11-4) in a quarterfinal round contest at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Bank Center.

The semifinal and LSC title games for both the men and women’s tournament will be played at the highest remaining seed on Friday and Saturday.



SOCCER

Buffs earn season-Opening shutout over UT Tyler

West Texas A&M opened an abbreviated season with a 1-0 conference victory against UT Tyler as senior Payne McKiver recorded the game-winning goal on Tuesday afternoon. The Buffs jumped out to an early lead as McKiver finished a pass from Giancarlo Saldana to give WT the go-ahead goal in the seventh minute. WT’s defense continued to hold until the very end as UTT saw seven shots in the second half but couldn’t finish around the net to secure the Buffs 1-0 victory. Alexander Vencel had one save in his 18th career shutout. The Buffs (1-0-0) host Texas A&M International at 1 p.m. Tuesday.


Lady Buffs drop LSC opener to DBU

West Texas A&M fell victim to a golden goal for the second consecutive game in their 2-1 overtime loss to DBU on Wednesday afternoon in Dallas.

The Lady Buffs fall to 0-2-0 on the season while DBU improves to 2-0-0.

Ashley Merrill of DBU picked the eventual-game winner with her second of the game and fifth of the season in the 93rd on a header, this time at the far post on a free kick from Kaci Parks.

Hannah Kelley-Lusk was one of eight Lady Buffs to record a shot as the senior had a team-high four including three on-target. Goalie Reagan Heelan faced 15 shots and made five saves in her second collegiate start.

The Lady Buffs host UT Tyler at The Pitch at 2 p.m. Wednesday.


West Texas A&M’s Sadie Snay prepares for a play against Lubbock Christian University during a game earlier in the week at the WTAMU Fieldhouse. [Trevor Fleeman/ Press Pass Sports]

WT volleyball stays hot

Make it four straight wins for the West Texas A&M Lady Buffs after a two-game sweep of Lubbock Christian University on Tuesday and Wednesday.

WT (5-3 overall) garnered two sweeps of the Lady Chaps, taking a 25-23, 25-15, 25-20, at the WTAMU Fieldhouse on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the Lady Buffs dominated once again dominating LCU, 25-19, 25-15, 25-15, at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock on Wednesday.

Sophomore Torrey Miller ignited the Lady Buffs with a pair of double-double performances, giving her 17 for her career.

During Tuesday’s win, Miller finished the match with 13 kills to go along with two blocks and 12 digs. On Wednesday, Miller was stellar again knocking down 12 more kills with 10 blocks.

Senior and Hereford graduate Chandler Vogel was Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Vogel was a force in the back row for the Lady Buffs during the sweeps of LCU. Vogel registered 52 digs in the six sets for an average of 8.67 per frame to go along with six assists and three service aces.

Vogel now has 2,009 career dig, and is just 77 digs shy Lauren Britten (2013-16) for fourth place on WT's all-time list.

The Lady Buffs hit the road for LSC action agaiant UT Permian Basin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Falcon Dome in Odessa.


GOLF

Buffs tie ninth at Rattlers Invitational

The West Texas A&M Men's Golf opened up their 2021 spring schedule at the Dominion Country Club in San Antonio on Monday and Tuesday.

Playing in their first tournament of the spring finished, the Buffs tied for ninth at the Rattler Invitational hosted by St. Mary's University.

Arkansas Tech claimed the team title with a 854 (10-under par). WT shot a 48-over par (912) during the two-day event highlighted by a 299 (11-over par) in the second round.

Eemeli Jarvinen led the way for the Buffs, finishing tied for 20th with a 223 (7-over par), followed by Daniel Unger tied for 35th at 11-over par (227).

Mitchell Ford of Henderson State claimed the individual title with a 207.

The Buffs return to action on March 8-9 as they play in the LCU Chap Classic at The Rawls Course in Lubbock.

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