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Aggie Softball Dashes the Demons

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 15 Texas A&M softball team (22-7) topped Northwestern State (12-12), 6-3 in a midweek matchup on Tuesday night at the Aggie Softball Complex.

The Lady Demons struck first and stayed close to the Aggies throughout the ballgame, but Texas A&M held on to the lead to take the win.

Senior Emily Albus was 2-for-3 on the night with a pair of bunt singles, a walk and two runs scored. Freshman Abby Donnell went 2-for-4 with an RBI at the plate, and picked up her third save of the season in the circle.

A solo home run over left field in the top of the first gave the Lady Demons an early 1-0 lead, but the Aggies responded quickly with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. Three straight free passes on a pair of walks and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases before senior Amber Garza drew a walk that forced Albus home to tie the game.

The Aggies picked up their first lead of the game in the second inning when senior Nicole Morgan sent a pair of runners home on a double to left field. Albus and sophomore Cali Lanphear scored on the play, reaching on a bunt hit and a fielder’s choice, respectively.

Senior Jenna Stark’s second home run of the season pushed the Texas A&M lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the third. The laser flew just inches over the wall in left-centerfield as it left the stadium at top speed.

A two-run fifth inning by the Lady Demons narrowed the Aggies’ advantage to just one run. Both runs were scored on a double to left field.

Texas A&M answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the sixth. Both runs were unearned after a fielding error put Garza on first. Morgan led off in the half-inning with a walk and was replaced on the base paths by sophomore Alex Masek. A sacrifice bunt moved Masek to second before Garza reached.

With one out, senior Taran Tyler singled to centerfield to score Masek, and a hit-by-pitch by Stark loaded the bases. Donnell hit to the second baseman, who tagged second to take Stark out of the play. The tag at second eliminated the force-out for Tyler, who was caught in a rundown as she decided whether to advance to third or retreat to second. All the while, Garza scored the 6-3 run well before Tyler was finally thrown out by the third baseman.

Northwestern State Head Coach Donald Pickett was ejected from the game, arguing that Garza’s run should not have counted. It didn’t matter, however, as the Lady Demons went three-up, three-down in the top of the seventh to surrender a 6-3 game to the Aggies.

Texas A&M hurler Rachel Fox (7-5) earned the win, allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks while fanning a career-high six batters. Donnell pitched the final inning for a save. NSU’s Shelby Sells (3-5) drew the loss after giving up four earned runs on 10 hits and five walks while striking out one.

Up next, the Aggies host No. 14 Georgia in a three-game Southeastern Conference series this weekend at the Aggie Softball Complex. Game one of the series with the Bulldogs is slated for a 7 p.m. first pitch Friday. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.

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Posted by on Mar 19 2014. Filed under Sports.

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