COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Aggies hit five home runs as the eighth-seeded Texas A&M softball team (40-16) run-ruled Bethune-Cookman (30-30) with an 11-0 shutout in the NCAA Regional Friday at the Aggie Softball Complex.
The win propelled the Aggies to their seventh 40-win season with head coach Jo Evans at the helm, including the third-straight. A&M extends its winning streak to a season-best seven games.
"I am pleased with the way our team came out today," Evans said. "We were really prepared. It was great to see Lindsey [Sisk] set the tone right away in the first inning. She did a nice job. Our hitters had great discipline at the plate. I thought that was the difference, their patience, hitting mistakes, and playing with great energy."
A pair of home runs in the bottom of the first pushed the Aggies out to a 3-0 lead over the Wildcats. Junior Brittany Walker beat an infield single before junior Meagan May homered over left-center field. With a 2-0 lead and two outs, junior Mel Dumezich added a solo shot over left field.
The home runs didn't stop there as the Aggies ended the third inning with an 11-0 hop on B-CU.
Sophomore Nicole Morgan battled through an at bat before leading off with a solo home run over centerfield in the bottom of the second. Morgan was 2-for-2 on the night with a home run and a double.
An error, two singles and a fielder's choice loaded the base behind Morgan and May drew a walk to push the 4-0 run across the plate.
With the bases again loaded, sophomore Cassie Tysarczyk flew out to right field and gave sophomore Emily Albus time to tag and run home for the second unearned run of the inning and a 6-0 lead headed into the third.
A&M got within run-rule limits in the bottom of the third when the team scored five runs for the 11-0 lead. Sophomore Amber Garza hit a first-pitch long ball over right field to lead off before Morgan doubled to left-center and was replaced at second by sophomore Allison Garrett.
Garrett scored on the next at bat when senior Natalie Villarreal singled through the right side. Villarreal also scored, on a single through the left side by sophomore Emily Albus, after being pushed to second on a walk by senior Kelsea Orsak.
A home run to left field by May sealed the deal as she crossed home behind Albus for the 11-0 lead. May was 2-for-2 on the day with two home runs, a walk and five RBI.
Senior Lindsey Sisk (6-4) gave the Wildcats no chance as she tossed a complete game from the circle for the win, giving up just three hits on the night and allowing only one runner as far as second base. B-CU pitcher Shanel Tolbert (30-25) took the loss after allowing nine earned runs on 11 hits and three walks in four innings.
"[Lindsey] had a lot of great break on her ball today," May said. "It had a nice late break on everything. Her screwball was staying down in the zone, which was perfect. Her curveball looked really good, and her drop curve was nasty today. I was enjoying watching her out there having fun. She looked like she was having a good time."
The Aggies will play LSU tomorrow at 1 p.m. Texas State and Bethune-Cookman will face off after that matchup at 4 p.m. Each game in the NCAA College Station will be broadcast on ESPN3. All A&M games can be heard live on Sports Radio 1150 AM. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com or follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.
"LSU's pitching is terrific," Evans said. "[Rachele] Fico was terrific today. It was a real pitcher's duel, with Chandler Hall out there as well. My expectation is that we will see [Brittany] Mack tomorrow. They have a deep pitching staff. Mack has a nice changeup, and off-speed curve that she throws to keep hitters off balance. Our hitters are going to have to do a good job of picking pitches that they can hit. She is going to have to throw in the zone to us, and if she is going to throw strikes early to us then we need to be aggressive. They do such a good job pitching that they keep themselves in every single game. We expect it to be a dogfight out there."