COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M softball team topped Galveston Junior College, 3-0, and defeated McLennan College, 5-2, in the Aggies first home games of the fall season.
The Aggies and the Galveston Whitecaps were scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when senior Nicole Morgan’s single up the middle plated senior Cassie Tysarczyk. The right fielder had reached on a triple to left field.
A sixth-inning home run over right field by sophomore Cali Lanphear – already her second of the fall – sealed the deal as it gave the Aggies a 3-0 lead that they held through the final out. Senior Emily Albus scored on the play after reaching on a bunt single. The centerfielder was 2-for-3 with two infield hits on the game.
Lanphear also had multiple hits, reaching on a double in the first inning and taking third on a ground out. Freshman Abby Donnell’s infield single and senior Amber Garza’s sixth-inning base hit rounded out the Aggies eight hits against Galveston.
Donnell spent three innings in the circle after earning the start, striking out four batters and giving up one hit while walking one. Redshirt junior Rachel Fox also tossed three innings, relieving Donnell in the fourth and striking out three while walking two. Sophomore Kristen Davenport closed the game with a strikeout after giving up a hit and walking a batter in the seventh inning.
Texas A&M took an earlier lead against McLennan, this time on a solo home run by Garza. The senior sent a laser down the right field line in the bottom of the second for the 1-0 lead.
Lanphear hit her second home run of the day, and third of the fall season, in the bottom of the third, picking up three RBI with the hit. Lanphear has seven RBI from long balls through three games this fall. Senior Kaydee Rayburn, who reached on a leadoff single, and junior Brittany Clopton, who drew a walk, scored on the play.
The fifth inning featured Lanphear’s fourth RBI of the game when her two-on, two-outs single to left field sent Rayburn home for her second run of the game. Freshman Suzanne White and junior Brittany Clopton also reached on base hits in the fifth.
With A&M leading 5-0, the Highlassies mounted a small rally in the top of the seventh when they scored two unearned runs. The comeback wasn’t enough, though, and A&M left the field with a 5-2 win, its second victory of the day.
Sophomore Breanna Dozier was 1-for-1 against the Highlassies, with a second-inning base hit and a hit-by-pitch in the fourth. The infielder also drew a walk in the sixth.
Junior Lauren Ainsley started the game in the circle for A&M, striking out three and walking one while giving up two hits through three innings of effort. Sophomore transfer Katie Marks also hurled three frames, recording five strikeouts in perfect relief. Junior lefty Sara Mireles finished the game, giving up two hits and walking one batter.
The Aggies continue their fall home slate on Tuesday when the Sam Houston Bearkats come to town for a 5 p.m. (CT) doubleheader. Both games are free to the public and can be heard live on 95.1-3 The Zone HD and RadioAggieland.com. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.