COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M softball team plated seven runs in an eventful bottom of the sixth for a come-from-behind victory, 7-1, against Galveston College in the first half of the doubleheader Thursday evening at the Aggie Softball Complex. The Aggie bats stayed hot in game two racking up a 19-0 win.
In game one, Galveston College starter, Ashley Kriesel, took a no-hitter to the bottom of the sixth. Kristen Cuyos led off the inning with a 13-pitch at bat culminating in a game-tying solo shot. After Payton McBride and Kelbi Fortenberry got on base, Blake-Ann Fritsch gave the Aggies the lead on a two-run double down the left field line. The Aggies were not done there, pilling on four more runs for a 7-1 lead.
Samantha Show got the win pitching six innings giving up one unearned run in the second inning. Show struck out eight Whitecaps before Randi Carol Phillips came in to work a scoreless final frame.
In game two, Trinity Harrington allowed just one base hit in her four innings, striking out five, earning the win. Phillips allowed one runner on in two innings of work, before Maddie MacGrandle closed out game in the seventh.
The Aggie bats mustered three runs off Whitecap starter Kayla Kerr in the second before piling up 12 runs in the frame including four doubles, bringing 16 hitters to the plate. Kayla Poynter took Kerr yard, her first home run of the fall, for the final two runs in the inning. The home bats would tag on a four-run fifth to put the final tally at 19-0.
Abby Smith, Fortenberry, Poytner and Riley Sartain all recorded three RBI on the day. As a whole, the offense hit 22-for-55 with 11 walks, six doubles and a pair of dingers.
Texas A&M sits at 6-0 for the fall season, outscoring opponents 53-1.
The Aggies return to action for Maroon and White Series play on Monday at 4 p.m., before meeting McLennan College for a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Texas A&M Quotes
Head Coach Jo Evans
On the team’s play…
“I thought our pitchers did a nice job again and continued to dominate on the mound. We got two really good starts out of Trinity Harrington and Samantha Show. Our relievers came in and got outs which is what we expect them to do. Offensively we struggled in the first game. We had our backs up against the wall going into the sixth inning down a run. I was pleased to see Kristen Cuyos go out there with a 13-pitch at bat and get a big home run for us that opened up the floodgates. Those situations when you are struggling at the plate, it is important that your team doesn’t panic and doesn’t press. Kristen gave us a chance to get back right in it. Everyone else was then able to relax and do their thing.”