May 14, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Ending the 2011 season undefeated at home, the No. 18 Texas A&M softball team (41-13, 13-5) defeated Texas Tech (40-14, 5-13 Big 12) 5-2, Saturday at the Aggie Softball Complex in the Aggies' final game of the regular season. The game completed a two-game conference series sweep against the Lady Raiders, in front of a program 20th-best crowd of 1,333 on Senior Day.
An error-riddled second inning gave the Aggies an early 2-0 lead. Senior Rhi Kliesing opened the frame with a shot to right field that put her on first. An attempted sacrifice bunt by sophomore Mel Dumezich was overthrown at first by the first baseman, and moved the runners into scoring position at second and third.
With no outs and Kliesing and Dumezich threatening to score, freshman Nicole Morgan sent a pitch down the third base line and reached first when the third baseman gave the Lady Raiders another throwing error. The throw sent Kliesing and Dumezich home for the first two runs of the game.
In the top of the fourth Texas Tech tied the game with two runs of its own. Third baseman Emily Bledsoe led off with a pitch to the body that sent her to first, and took second on a sacrifice bunt before a double to right-center by first baseman Sandy James scored the Lady Raiders' first run. James was plated by another double to right-center for the tying run.
The Aggies pulled ahead to a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out RBI single by sophomore Brittany Walker. With one out, sophomore Meagan May slammed a double into the right field wall that bounced hard and gave the designate player time to round first as the right fielder scrambled to recover the hit. May scored the go-ahead run when Walker sent a base hit down the right field line.
The Lady Raiders got a runner as far as second in the top of the sixth, but were unable to even the score before A&M stretched its lead to 5-2 in the bottom half of the inning. Dumezich led off with her second solo bomb of the weekend, clearing the wall in left field despite the gusting winds that were blowing into the stadium.
With two outs, redshirt junior Natalie Villarreal doubled down the right field line and was replaced at second by senior Andrea Tovar. Walker followed with her second RBI single on the day, through the right side, scoring Tovar from second.
Texas Tech was unable to answer in the top of the seventh and the game ended with a 5-2 victory for A&M as the Aggies ended the season undefeated at home and on a 24-game home streak overall.
Dumezich (27-8) picked up the win, fanning nine batters in seven complete innings while giving up two earned runs on three hits. Lady Raider hurler Kelsey Dennis (12-5) suffered the loss after giving up four runs, two of them earned, in five innings of work.
The Aggies will learn their postseason fate Sunday night during the NCAA selection show at 9 p.m. CST on ESPNU. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com.