The University bats couldn’t get much going against Chelsea Vandiver.

The Corsicana pitcher gave up only six hits while striking out seven as the Tigers topped the Lady Trojans 9-3 Thursday night in the first of a best-of-three bi-district playoff series.

“I think a lot of it was just a mental game,” University coach Karen Ramirez said. “We have the skill set to do whatever we need to do, whatever we can do. But their heads weren’t on top of their shoulders today.”

The second game of the bidistrict playoff series is at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Corsicana.

While University struggled to string things together, Corsicana got off to such a fast start that the Lady Trojans just couldn’t catch.

Corsicana plated five runs off five hits in the first inning with two outs.

A pair of walks loaded the bases for the Tigers when Gracie Griffin hit a double deep in the outfield to score two runs.

Another run scored off a single by Molina before Chelsea Vandiver had a double that scored two runs.

Bayle Short only pitched the first inning as Destiny Guerra took over in the circle the rest of the game for University.

Guerra gave up four runs off seven hits through six innings.

Corsicana added three more runs in the second inning as Kameron Betts brought home a run off a single, and Griffin connected on her second two-RBI double of the night.

University got on the board in the bottom of the frame as Kaylen Estrada scored Ashley Estrada of a sacrifice fly to center field.

Corsicana threatened to add to its lead in the next two innings as the Tigers had a combined four runners in scoring position.

But behind solid defense, none of them scored.

In the third – with the bases loaded and two outs – Short caught a fly ball in foul territory to end the inning.

In the fourth – after Rebeca Fajardo threw to home on a grounder by Lesli Molina to get Lexi White out at the plate – the University defense retired the next two Tiger batters to get out of the inning.

Corsicana had nine hits in the first two innings combined before going hitless in the third and fourth innings.

The Tigers plated a run in the top of the fifth off an RBI single by Betts.

Corsicana could have added some more, but Kamryon Lujan made a big play at third as she fielded a grounder hit by White, stepped on third to get the force out and then threw White out at first for the double play.

With the defense limiting Corsicana’s scoring, the University offense started cutting away at the Tiger lead in the bottom of the fifth.

Kaliksta Lujan and Arianna Perales scored off a double to shallow left field by Kamryon Lujan.

The University defense turned another double play an inning later as Rebecca Fajardo snagged a line drive and touched second to get the runner out and end the inning.

“In the last four innings we were great,” Ramirez said. “After a certain point we finally cleaned it up. We finally got our heads where they were supposed to be. That made things happen.”

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