On consecutive days, Carmen Floyd came through in the clutch for the Houston Lady Tigers.
One day after doubling home the winning run in a 10-8 comeback victory against Mansfield, Floyd snagged a line drive with the bases loaded and turned a double play for the final out of a 2-1 eight-inning victory Tuesday at Liberty.
Over the weekend, the Lady Tigers defeated Plato 8-2 in the opening round of the Dixon Tournament for their first victory of 2010. They later blew a seventh-inning lead and lost to Dixon 4-3.
On Monday, Floyd delivered her second double with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth to bring home the go-ahead and game-winning runs.
Floyd, who had visible bruises and cuts on her face from an automobile accident the previous night, played despite being sore from the wreck. She also threw all seven innings as the winning pitcher.
“She’s sore and shaken up. She’s told me she doesn’t want to drive,” Lady Tigers coach Willy Walker said. “She wanted to pitch. She just had to play, but she’s pretty banged up.”
Maddie Vandiver, Taylor Franklin, Sadie Ashworth and Floyd scored two times apiece. Belle Knarr had a pair of steals.
Kayla Kelley singled home a run in the first, and Floyd doubled just inside the third-base line in the second as the Lady Tigers (3-3) took an early 5-0 lead.
After Mansfield scored four times in the third — highlighted by a two-run home run over the center field fence — Houston added a pair of runs in the third. It includes a successful double steal from Knarr and Ashworth.
The Lady Tigers failed to score for the first time in the fourth and fifth innings and trailed 7-6 going into the bottom of the sixth. They loaded the bases with no outs and after Franklin bounced into a forceout, Floyd doubled to put Houston ahead for good.
Floyd gave up 10 hits and eight earned runs.
Last Thursday at Stoutland, Vandiver and Kelley had two hits apiece in a 14-4 loss.
Houston won its first game of the season by cruising past Plato 8-2 Saturday in the opening round of the Dixon Tournament.
Kaylea Preheim, who tripled for one of Houston’s four hits, and Franklin each scored a pair of runs. The Lady Tigers took advantage of four errors.
That same day, Houston couldn’t hang onto a two-run lead entering the bottom of the seventh inning and lost 4-3 to Dixon. Kelley had two of the Lady Tigers’ six hits.
At Liberty, Kelley’s two-out triple in the top of the eight inning brought home Floyd with the game-winning run. Franklin had a pair of hits for Houston, which won its conference opener.
Floyd scattered seven hits and allowed one unearned run in the eight-inning victory. She struck out three and walked three.
Floyd saved the victory with her game-endng double play, and freshman Hailey Dodson had three running catches in center field.
“I’m probably the most proud of our defense right now — to come from a 12-error game at Stoutland,” Walker said.
JV SOFTBALL: Freshman Emily Harrison’s two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning gave the JV Lady Tigers a 13-12 comeback victory Monday against Mansfield.
On Tuesday, Houston lost 5-4 at Liberty.