COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The No. 23 Texas A&M softball team (31-17) swept a Tuesday doubleheader with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (13-32) at the Aggie Softball Complex, taking a 10-3 win in game one before run-ruling the Islanders, 15-0, in game two.
As a team, the Aggies plated 25 runs on 27 hits, while allowing just three runs on seven hits by the Islanders. The game-one victory marked the Aggies’ 30th win of the season and makes 2014 the program’s 18th 30-win season with Head Coach Jo Evans at the helm.
“We needed that,” Evans said. “We just needed a game where we could settle in and get comfortable and hit through our lineup. A couple of things we really needed: April Ryan coming around and hitting the ball. She had a great night tonight and was feeling better about herself. We needed our pitchers to be sharp and get some work in. And then it was nice to get Katie (Marks) out there for an entire game, and get her to get on a roll. Abby (Donnell) went out there and I thought she was really sharp. It was nice to get a bunch of kids in our lineup.”
Senior Cassie Tysarczyk had a team-best seven RBI on the day with one home run and three runs scored. Emily Albus led the Aggies with a .667 average against the Islanders, going 6-for-9 at the plate over the course of two games, with three runs scored, a double and three RBI. The speedy senior had four straight infield hits to start off in game one. Freshman April Ryan and senior Amber Garza also batted in three runs each, and senior Nicole Morgan contributed four RBI with a double and a home run.
Sophomore Katie Marks (13-4) and freshman Abby Donnell (5-3) had wins in the circle for the Aggies. Marks tossed a complete seven innings in game one, allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five. Donnell fanned one batter in two hitless innings of relief in game two.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi took a 3-1 lead in game one, but the Aggies slowly chipped away at the lead before bursting ahead with seven runs in the final three innings. An unearned run on an error put the Aggies on the board in the first inning before a three-run home run by the Islanders pushed the visiting team out to a two-run lead. The shot over left-centerfield was the only productive hit A&M-Corpus Christi had on the day.
Tysarczyk picked up her first RBI of the day in the second with a fielder’s choice that plated Ryan to cut the A&M-Corpus Christi lead down to 3-2. Ryan returned the favor with a third-inning base hit that tied the game.
The Aggies took their first lead of the day in the bottom of the fourth on a double ripped down the left-field line by freshman Reagan Boenker. Boenker’s shot scored Tysarczyk, who kept the momentum going in the next inning.
With bases loaded, the senior flied out to left field for a sacrifice hit as Ryan ran home from third. A second straight sacrifice fly, from Morgan, added the 6-3 lead before a two-run homer by Garza topped the fence in right-centerfield for the 8-3 advantage.
The final two runs of game one came off of the bat of Ryan, who also sent a two-run bomb over the wall, this time in right field in the bottom of the sixth. The Islanders were unable to respond to the Aggies’ onslaught, and dropped game one 10-3.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi wasn’t given a chance in game two when the Aggies left the second inning with a 9-0 lead after hitting through the lineup one-and-a-half times. Morgan contributed a double and a home run in that inning alone for three RBI and two runs scored. Senior Jenna Stark, Boenker, senior Taran Tyler, junior Brittany Clopton and Tysarczyk each had base hits for Texas A&M in the second frame.
Tysarczyk also hit a three-run long ball, clearing Olsen Boulevard with a sure shot in the bottom of the third to stretch the Aggies’ lead to 12-0.
The Aggies’ final three runs of the day came in the bottom of the fourth on another three-run hit, this time a double down the line in left from Albus. The laser plated sophomore Breanna Dozier, freshman Suzanne White and Tyler. Dozier and White each entered to pinch hit in the half-inning and made the most of their opportunities with base hits.
Riding a two-game winning streak, the Aggies will travel to Auburn this weekend to face the 22nd-ranked Tigers in a crucial three-game Southeastern Conference series. The games will affect the Aggies’ fate in the SEC Tournament and in the postseason. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.