COLLEGE STATION - Texas A&M softball Head Coach Jo Evans became the only active Southeastern Conference head coach to reach 1,000 wins as a Division I head coach when the No. 13 Aggies (15-4) defeated Wisconsin (6-7), 6-2 on Saturday.
Evans joins just seven other NCAA Division I coaches nationwide who have earned 1,000 victories as a DI head coach.
The Aggie skipper began her head coaching career at Colorado State, posting a 91-67 record from 1986-89. Taking a job at her alma mater next, Evans led Utah to the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) in 1991 and recording a 222-143 mark from 1990-96. The Utah native is in her 18th season with the Aggies, and has taken Texas A&M to 14 NCAA Tournaments, two WCWS appearances and three conference championships. She now owns a 1000-536-2 all-time record.
Wisconsin had a pair of solo home runs, in the second and third innings, to take a 2-0 advantage on the Aggies but the lead didn’t last long.
Senior Cassie Tysarczyk hit an RBI double in the bottom of the third to tie the game. Freshman April Ryan and senior Nicole Morgan each earned free passes to reach base and scored on the play. Morgan’s run was unearned as the runners advanced a base on a passed ball before Tysarczyk’s hit.
A double to left field by senior Emily Albus in the fourth sent Allison Garrett to third before the pinch runner scored on a throwing error during the same play. The error allowed Albus to advance to third. Morgan singled down the line in right field, scoring Albus for the 4-2 lead and making Garrett’s run earned, before a base hit by senior Amber Garza made Albus’ run earned as well.
The final two runs of the game came from a Cali Lanphear home run hit directly over centerfield. The blast plated senior Taran Tyler, who reached on a base hit.
Rachel Fox (5-3) earned the win with a five-inning effort, allowing two earned runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Wisconsin’s Cassandra Darrah took the loss after giving up five earned runs on six hits.