SB: West Texas A&M tosses back-to-back perfect games


West Texas A&M’s Kyra Lair and Emilee Wilson threw back-to-back perfect games as No. 10 West Texas A&M finished the regular season with a doubleheader sweep of rival Eastern New Mexico on Senior Day at Schaeffer Park.

Julie Guzman drove in three runs and Lair struck out nine as WT took game one 10-0 in five innings while Cinthia Garcia drove in three runs in game two, 8-0, as the Lady Buffs improved to 32-10 overall and 20-10 in Lone Star Conference play.

Game 1 Score: West Texas A&M 10, Eastern New Mexico 0 (5 Innings)

WT jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, three of those coming on Guzman’s second home run of the season. Lair struck out the side in the top of the second to bring her total to five through six outs.

The Lady Buffs would add three more runs in the bottom of the third to make it 8-0. Guzman reached base with two outs on an error before coming around to score on Garcia’s double to left field. Pinch hitter Steph Elliott singled up the middle to plate another run before Shanna McBroom doubled off the top of the fence in left to make it 8-0.

Following two more insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Lair struck out the final two batters to record her second career no-hitter and first perfect game with nine strikeouts on 59 pitches.

Game 2 Score: West Texas A&M 9, UT Permian Basin 1 (6 innings)

The Lady Buffs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning after Wilson had struck out two batters in the top half of the inning. McBroom reached base on a single to third before stealing second on the first pitch of Ruby Salzman’s at-bat. Following an error that put runners on first and third with no outs, Erica Vessels singled up the middle to plate McBroom and Salzman. Sydney Greeson also picked up a RBI later in the inning.

Wilson continued to roll in the circle as WT added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Guzman reached base on a leadoff single before coming around to score on a double to left field from Garcia. Hailey Neira followed that up with a single of her own before Garcia stole home. Malaya Delfin’s groundout to the pitcher was just enough to score Neira and make it 6-0 in favor of WT.

Wilson sat the Greyhounds down in order in the top of the fifth to keep the perfect game alive with Garcia ending with a two-run shot over the black monster in left.

Wilson became the third Lady Buff in program history to record a perfect game with three strikeouts in 41 pitches.