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SEGUIN, Texas — The Texas Lutheran Bulldogs broke their own Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference record for consecutive conference wins by grabbing 4-3 and 7-1 victories Friday over Southwestern.

The Bulldogs improved to 5-3 overall and to 2-0 in the SCAC. Southwestern dropped to 6-2 and to 0-2 in the SCAC.

TLU has now won 51 consecutive games in SCAC play. The Bulldogs have not lost a conference game since April 2, 2016, when Southwestern knocked off the Bulldogs 7-5 in Georgetown, Texas.

The Pirates nearly ended the Bulldogs’ streak at 49 by taking a one-run lead into the seventh inning of game one.

TLU rallied in the seventh with a Chassety Raines single to tie the game and a Bethany Nevlud single to win the game. Nevlud collected the walk-off hit – a well-struck fly ball to center that sailed over the center fielder’s head to score Kassie Maddox from third.

Jordaine Bishop picked up the win in relief. Kelsie Stone tossed 5-2-3 innings and allowed just one earned run.

In game two, TLU erupted for six runs in the second inning. Madisyn Cates belted a grand slam to right-center to break the game open.

TLU took advantage of a single, three walks, and a hit batter leading up to the Cates home run.

Kelly Jurden and Rebecca Snow each drove in a run with bases-loaded walks.

Jurden walked four times and scored a run in the late game, and she went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the early game.

TLU right-hander Kayla Oliveira went the distance in the second game. She struck out eight, walked two, and allowed one earned run. Oliveira improved to 1-1.

The Bulldogs and Pirates are scheduled to play a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday in Georgetown as part of the SCAC slate.