LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The 17th-ranked Texas A&M softball team (1-0) defeated Long
Beach State (1-1,) 8-0, in a run-rule shutout on opening day, Friday at UCLA's
Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament.
The Aggies chased two pitchers with three home runs and a
pair of bases-loaded walks against Long Beach State in the first game of the
Senior pitcher Mel Dumezich (1-0) struck out seven batters
on the way to her first victory of the season, handing LBSU their first loss. Junior
Nicole Morgan started the scoring frenzy in the in the bottom of the third with
a two-run home run over left-center field.
Dumezich added a second home run in the next at-bat to give
the Aggies a 3-0 lead.
A leadoff bomb by junior Cassie Tysarczyk in the bottom of
the fourth flew far over center field and brought the lead to 4-0. With the
bases loaded, Morgan earned her third RBI of the game with a walk that upped
the ante to 5-0. Dumezich also added an RBI walk to lead 6-0 after the fourth.
Five innings was all the team needed, as back-to-back RBI
singles by senior Meagan May and Morgan ended the game in an 8-0 run-rule. Morgan
had four RBI on the day, while Dumezich was 1-for-1 with a home run, two walks
and two RBI. Junior Emily Albus was 3-for-four with two singles, a walk and two
LBSU's Erin Jones-Wesley (1-1) took her first loss of the
season after allowing four runs on five hits in three innings. Dumezich spent
all five innings in the circle, fanning seven and allowing no runs on two hits
and no walks.
Friday's late game with UCLA was cancelled due to weather. A&M will be back in action Saturday at 1:30 p.m. (CT) against Cal State Bakersfield. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com
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