HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The No. 8 Texas A&M softball team is 6-0 on the season after an 8-3 victory over Sam Houston State, Wednesday at the Bearkat Softball Stadium.
Junior pitcher Rachel Fox (2-0) earned her second win of the season with a two-hit outing. Senior Taran Tyler was 3-for-4 on the night with two runs scored, two RBI and a home run. Freshman April Ryan and senior Nicole Morgan also had home runs on the night.
Morgan got as far as second base in the top of the first inning after reaching on a base hit, but was unable to go further. In her next at bat, the catcher put the Aggies on the board with a home run over right field, her fourth long ball of the season.
The shot plated three runs for the 3-0 lead and moved Morgan’s RBI tally on the year to 17. Scoring on the play were junior Brittany Clopton – who reached on an error, and senior Emily Albus – who sped to first on a bunt single.
The Aggies loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the fourth with a base hit by Tyler, a walk by Clopton and a fielder’s choice by Ryan. With a strike against her, Morgan swung hard at a pitch but the ball was too high for grand slam territory and the Bearkat left fielder made the play to end the half inning.
A three-run fifth inning made up for the bases-loaded ending to the fourth, as the Aggies stretched to a 6-0 lead. Senior Amber Garza reached on a bunt single and moved to second on a passed ball before a base hit through the right side by senior Cassie Tysarczyk sent Garza to third as Tysarczyk took second on the throw.
With two runners in scoring position, sophomore Cali Lanphear popped out to centerfield and plated Garza on the sacrifice. A two-out home run by Tyler scored the Aggies’ fifth and sixth runs of the night as the ball cleared the fence in left.
Ryan added a third home run of the night for the Aggies in the top of the sixth. Her solo shot pushed the Texas A&M lead to 7-0 when it hit the foul pole in right field.
The Aggies’ final run of the night came on the wheels of a Reagan Boenker double to right-center field. The freshman’s shot scored Tyler, who reached on a base hit, for the 8-0 lead.
The Bearkats rallied in the final frame, loading the bases before scoring three runs on four base hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. The late comeback wasn’t enough, however, as Aggie pitcher Rachel Fox reentered to finish the game with a strikeout and a groundout.
Fox (2-0) threw a two-hitter, fanning three batters and allowing no runs and no walks in 6 2/3 innings of work. SHSU’s Shelby Lancaster (0-1) took the loss after giving up seven earned runs on 11 hits and five walks in the complete-game effort.
Up next, the Aggies host Oregon State, Tulsa and McNeese State this weekend in the Aggie Classic. Texas A&M’s first game of the weekend is a 3 p.m. matchup with Oregon State.