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No. 6 Aggie Softball sweeps shortened Aggie Classic

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M softball team opened the second day of the Aggie Classic with two wins Saturday, defeating the Boston College Eagles via the run-rule, 11-3, and Texas Tech, 9-5, in comeback fashion. With the wins, the Aggies move to 4-0 on the season.

Samantha Show got the start in game one and had trouble early when Boston College plated two runs on a pair of doubles and a walk in the first.

The Aggies responded with two of their own as Kaitlyn Alderink scored on a throwing error before Show drew a bases-loaded walk. In the third, the Aggies took the lead for good as Riley Sartain blasted her first home run of the season to left.

The Maroon & White opened up the game with a sixth run fourth inning. Tori Vidales drove in Kelbi Fortenberry on a single before three runs scored on a grounder that went through the legs of Boston College’s second baseman and rolled to the wall. Sarah Hudek singled scoring Riley Sartain prior to Show capping off the inning with a single to first base.

After the Eagles (0-4) scored on a RBI groundout to second in the top of the fifth, Vidales sealed the victory with a two-run home to left center.

Show earned her second win of the season allowing three hits, three runs, two of which were earned, while striking out two.

In game two, the Red Raiders quickly jumped out to a 5-0 lead, scoring one in the first and four in the third. The Aggies responded with four in the bottom half of the third. Walters started the rally with a two-RBI double to left, before Sartain drew a bases-loaded walk. Back-to-back sacrifice flies to right by Sarah Hudek and Show closed the lead to one.

Kristen Cuyos began the bottom half of the sixth with a double to left center before Erica Russell walked and Alderink reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. Vidales then ripped a single up the middle, scoring Milligan, who pinch ran for Cuyos, and Russell. Walters immediately followed with a dinger to dead center, her first of the season.

Payton McBride stymied the Red Raider offense out of the bullpen, allowing only two baserunners on in four innings to earn the win.

The Aggies are back in action Sunday at 12:15 against Houston to close out the Aggie Classic.

Texas A&M Quotes
Head Coach Jo Evans

On the comeback over Texas Tech…
“I just talked about saying calm and how we have experience and maturity and how I expect for us to handle ourselves in that way. Every at bat is a lesson, learning from one hitter to another to the next hitter. I thought we got a little anxious and tried to make too much happen as opposed to just letting it come to us. In that inning, you saw we did such a better job at the strike zone and get out there and take some walks then drive the ball pretty well. It was a crazy inning, but I just like how we answered back. They went and scored four runs and were feeling great about themselves, we were down five to nothing and then we go out and score our own four runs. It was just nice to see us hit through the order, just about everyone in that game did something offensively to help us.”

On Tori Vidales game-winning RBI in three of the four wins …
“When we are in a situation, that is exactly who we want up and we couldn’t ask for a better situation for us. When you get back to Alderink and Vidales and the crew, it’s really nice to see those kids swinging the bat.”

On Payton McBride…
“I am really excited for Payton to get a win because that is not always the case for that kid. She has helped us win many games but hasn’t gotten the decision, hasn’t gotten the ‘W’ next to her name. Today she earned it, she deserved that. She did a great job to keep their hitters off balance. She threw very few pitches and I think the first time she went out there was a five-pitch inning. I love Payton. I love she gives a totally different look and presence out there. I’m really pleased to see her getting out there and having success.”

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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