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Vidales Breaks Career RBI Record As No. 7 Texas A&M Defeats No. 19 Ole Miss, 8-6

COLLEGE STATION – Tori Vidales broke the Texas A&M career RBI record Friday evening at the Aggie Softball Complex as the No. 7 Texas A&M softball team defeated No. 19 Ole Miss, 8-6, in the conference opener.

Vidales’ record-breaker came in the bottom of the fourth as the senior hit her sixth home run of the season. The three RBI gave her 191 for her career, passing Meagan May’s (2010-13) 189.

The Aggie (22-3, 1-0 SEC) offense recorded eight runs off 10 hits and was led by Erica Russell, who went 2-for-2 with a two-run single in the second. A&M broke things open in the bottom of the fourth after scoring four runs, highlighted by the Vidales dinger to give the Maroon & White a 5-1 lead. Keeli Milligan tallied her first career out-of-the-park home run in the fifth to extend the lead to seven.

Ole Miss (13-5, 0-1 SEC) rallied in the sixth and seventh, cutting the lead to two and getting the tying run on base, but Payton McBride was able to close out the game with a groundout.

In the circle, Trinity Harrington moved to 7-1 on the season after striking out four in 6.1 innings pitched. Ole Miss’ Kaitlin Lee (8-2) was saddled with the loss after giving up six runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings pitched.


KEY INNINGS

T2 | Gabby Alvarez walked to start the second inning for the Rebels, and Bry Castro, who entered to pinch run for Alvarez, scored on a single up the middle by Kaylee Horton to put Ole Miss on top. OM 1, A&M 0

B2 | The Aggies quickly loaded the bases after Sarah Hudek reached on an error followed by Kristen Cuyos being hit by a pitch and a single from Kelbi FortenberryErica Russell came through with a two-run single to left to plate Hudek and Cuyos. A&M 2, OM 1

B4 | Fortenberry notched her second single of the night to lead off the inning. Russell moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt prior to Keeli Milligan reaching on a walk. Texas A&M took a 5-1 lead after Vidales belted a three-run homer to move into first place on the all-time career RBI list. Ashley Walters singled to the shortstop and was later driven in by Riley Sartain‘s fifth double of the season to close the inning. A&M 6, OM 1

B5 | Russell reached base after recording her second-consecutive hit. Milligan blasted a 2-run shot over the left field wall for her first dinger of the season to tack on two more runs for the Maroon & White. A&M 8, OM 1 

T6 | The Rebels closed the gap by in the top of the sixth after Autumn Gillespie singled up the middle. Alvarez later homered to center field to add two runs for Ole Miss. A&M 8, OM 3

T7 | Ole Miss rallied back in the final inning, scoring three runs in the final frame and getting the tying run on base. Elantra Cox reached on a fielder’s choice, and Kylan Becker was walked before Gillespie blasted a 3-RBI shot. A&M 8, OM 6


Top Offensive Players:
Erica Russell | 2-for-2, 2 RBI, 1 R
Keeli Milligan | 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Tori Vidales | 1-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R
Kelbi Fortenberry | 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 R

Pitching Breakdown:
Trinity Harrington (7-1, 2.0 ERA) –  W, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 4 K, 3 BB


AGGIE NOTES:

  • Vidales broke the all-time RBI career record with her 3-run blast (191)
  • Milligan notched her first career out-of-the-park home run and first home run of the season
  • Russell and Milligan set season highs with two RBI each
  • Milligan has reached base in 15-straight games and has an eight-game hitting streak
  • Texas A&M moves to 3-3 in SEC openers since joining the conference in 2013

 


WHAT THEY SAID

Texas A&M Head Coach Jo Evans
On the win…
“I am proud of our ball club. I thought we played really well. Defensively we made plays. Trinity Harrington was really spectacular defensively on mound, and she helped herself out early in the game. Obliviously we don’t want to give up the home runs, but we did such a good job at the plate, getting runners on base every inning early on to put pressure on them and then just getting some big timely hits.”

On Tori Vidales and Keeli Milligan
“I love seeing Tori Vidales hit that, she really needed that. The kid can hit the ball out at any time and she went down there and got that pitch, and hit it a mile. Keeli Milligan hit that ball and under my breathe I said ‘no you didn’t’. My only disappointment on the whole night is that Keeli needs to learn a home run trot. Erica Russell needs to help her out. Erica was running just as fast as Keeli around the bags the whole time and Keeli needs to take some time and enjoy that.”

On the bottom of the lineup…
“They were so good tonight. None better than Russell having a few days off and getting out there tonight and gets a big hit down the line with a couple RBI for us. Where they score a run and we answer back with two, I thought that was really key that we were able to answer after they scored. Kelbi Fortenberry looked really comfortable out there. I thought she had a good eye for the strike zone, battled up there, and she knew what she was going to see and she drove the ball. Those kids down there are really pleased with how they played and when you put that many runs on the board against Kaitlin Lee, that kid is really good, that says a lot about our hitters, approach, and attitude.”

On Trinity Harrington‘s performance..
“She walked three kids, which she does not usually do and wasn’t as sharp as she wanted to be. The thing about Trinity she will come in and say that. So I like that about her, tip your hat to Trinity for getting us a win on Friday night. That means everything.”


ON DECK 
The Aggies return to action for game two against Ole Miss on Saturday at 2:30 PM at the Aggie Softball Complex.


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Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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