XULA splits doubleheader at Judson (Ala.)

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MARION, Ala. — Vannity Robles scored the winning run in the seventh inning, and her twin Vivionna Robles pitched three shutout innings of relief to help Xavier University of Louisiana rally for a 4-3 victory against Judson (Ala.) and gain a split of a softball doubleheader Saturday.

Judson won the first game 4-1.

Vannity Robles scored from third base on a one-out passed ball in the final inning to cap a XULA comeback from three runs down.

Vivionna Robles entered the game with an 0-3 record and an ERA of 9.45 but produced her best outing of the season.

Judson scored twice in the first inning of the second game, then increased its lead to 3-0 in the fourth. But XULA rallied with back-to-back RBI singles from Mecolett Bradley and Destyn Jones in the fifth, then Endya Gillard scored the tying run in the sixth.

“We should have won both games,” XULA head coach Leslie Ballard said. “We struggled offensively in the first game and left the bases loaded twice.”

XULA’s only extra-base hit of the doubleheader was a Tamia Washington double.

XULA snapped a nine-game losing streak and won for the first time since opening weekend Feb. 6. This is XULA’s first season in this sport.

Next for XULA will be a 2 p.m. Saturday doubleheader at Alexandria, La., against future Red River Athletic Conference opponent LSU-Alexandria. XULA will join the RRAC July 1.

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