COLLEGE STATION — The Texas State softball team fell short in their NCAA College Station Regional bid on Saturday after being defeated by No. 8 Texas A&M, 7-4.
Texas State struck first in the game with a two-RBI double by Chandler Hall in the first inning. Hall stepped to the plate and blasted the ball to the left center wall, and just when it looked like TAMU’s Kelsea Orsak was going to make the catch it fell behind her resulting in a pair of runs for the Bobcats.
Texas A&M retaliated in the top of the second when Orsak registered an RBI-single to right center to score Nicole Morgan on the play.
Mel Dumezich added to the Aggies run totaled when she hit a solo homer over the right field wall in the third inning.
Texas State had the bases loaded in the third with one out, but it was unable to score a run as the game remained tied at 2-All through three innings of play.
After a scoreless fourth inning, the Aggies managed a two-out rally that included four homeruns for a total of five runs to take a 7-2 lead over Texas State.
Texas State collected a pair of runs in the sixth inning with back-to-back RBI singles by Haley Lemons and Anna Hernandez to come to within three runs of the Aggies. The Bobcats had a few nice strokes in the seventh, but it could not overcome the three-run deficit as it fell to Texas A&M.
Hall (22-7) was handed the loss for Texas State after pitching 4.2 innings in the circle with six earned runs. Lauren Ainsley (5-1) entered in the fourth with a tied ball game to come away with the win tonight. Ainsley struck out three batters in the 7-4 victory for the Aggies.
Freshman Selena Hernandez finished 4-for-4 from the plate with a run scored in her final appearance as a rookie. Hall, Lemons, Courtney Harris and Brooke Baker all finished with two hits each. Texas State outhit Texas A&M 13 to 9, but left 11 runners on base – which proved to be costly in the end.
The Bobcats advanced to their second straight NCAA Regional and sixth overall in school history.
The senior class of Chandler Hall, Allison Snow and Megan Parten were apart of three postseason appearances, three Southland Conference regular season championships and three Southland Conference Tournament titles during their time at Texas State.Email | Print