LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The 17th-ranked Texas A&M softball team improved to 3-0 on
the season with an 11-0 run-rule victory over Wright State (0-3) Saturday at
UCLA's Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament at Easton Stadium.
The Aggie bats were strong with two outs, sending eight runs
across the plate with two marks against them. The team played to a steady
victory, scoring in each inning on the way to the win.
Junior Nicole Morgan, who entered the game with nine RBI on
the season, added a sixth hit of the year with an infield single in the first.
Senior Mel Dumezich took full advantage of the runner on base, sending a ball
screaming over the fence in left field for a two-run home run. The hit flew in
a perfect line down the baseline, grazing the foul pole on its way over the
In the top of the second, three doubles put the Aggies ahead
5-0. Freshman Cali Lanphear blazed a double into right-center field, but was
tagged out in a run-down. With runners on first and second, junior Emily Albus
hit a perfect double down the left-field line that bounced just inside fair
territory and took a dive toward the third-base dugout to give junior Amber
Garza time to score from second.
Stepping up behind Albus, senior Meagan May got down in the
count before hitting a double to left that ricocheted off the wall and sent
Albus and sophomore Brittany Clopton home for the 5-0 lead.
Dumezich added a fourth double of the game to lead off in the
third inning. A two-out ssingle to right field by Garza sent the senior home
from third. A double steal by Garza and junior Jenna Stark gave the Aggies a 7-0
lead when Stark crossed the plate. Albus hit a bunt single for her second RBI
of the game, pushing Garza home for the 8-0 run.
Pinch hitting for Dumezich, freshman Breanna Dozier reached
on an error and took third on a Cassie Tysarczyk single and a hit-by-pitch for
Lanphear. With bases loaded, California native Jenna Stark slugged a line drive
into left field to score Dozier for the 9-0 run. An RBI hit-by-pitch put Garza
on first and sent Tysarczyk home for the 10-0 lead.
Leading off in the top of the fifth, May hit a ball that bounced
off of the top of the wall in left field and reentered the stadium. The hit was
originally called a single, but was ruled a home run after junior Allison
Garrett had entered to pinch run. May was credited with the run and Garrett
maintained substitute eligibility.
The Aggies held their 11-0 lead through the bottom of the
inning to end the game in an 11-0 run-rule.
Dumezich (2-0) picked up her second victory of the season
with three shutout innings. The senior fanned six batters and allowed just two
on base with two walks and no hits. Freshman Kristen Davenport spent two
innings in the circle in her collegiate debut. The right-hander gave up no runs
on two hits in two innings of relief. Wright State's Krystian DeWitt (0-2) took
the loss after giving up five runs on six hits in two innings of work.
The 17th-ranked Aggies will close out opening
weekend tomorrow with a 1:30 p.m. CST game vs. host school No. 19 UCLA before
returning to the Lone Star State. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log
on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.