CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif.- Texas A&M catcher Erin Glasco went 5-for-8 at the plate to pace the second-ranked Texas A&M softball team (3-1) to a pair of victories over Cal State Northridge, 3-0, and No. 18 Oregon State, 9-1, on the second day of the Cathedral City Kickoff.
“I thought our kids played great,” A&M head coach Jo Evans said. “We talked about coming out today and being aggressive and getting our cuts. I told them before the first game today; if we’re going err, err on the side of aggression. Let’s be aggressive and get loose with our swings and I thought we did that well. I loved out intensity in the game and our focus. I thought we were much better in terms of our enthusiasm and playing the game hard and getting after it.”
The Aggies used a pair of solo homeruns by Holly Ridley and Macie Morrow in the sixth and seventh innings and a stellar outing in the circle by Megan Gibson to hand the Matadors (0-3) their third loss of the season.
A&M’s first run of the game came in the second inning as Jamie Hinshaw walked with one out and quickly stole second before Glasco recorded an RBI single.
Gibson was able to escape a jam in the fourth as the Matadors’ Micah Putnam and Amanda Peek moved to second and third with just one out. The senior pitcher coaxed a ground out and a strike out to keep her first shutout of the season in tact.
Gibson logged her second win in as many starts, allowing just four runners to reach base on only two hits. She struck out four CSUN batters.
Amanda Scarborough earned her first victory of the season tossing a five-hit complete game against the Beavers (1-2).
“That was vintage Scarborough, in my opinion,” Evans continued. “She kept the ball down and caused fits for their players. She was able to keep the ball on the corners and her drop ball looked really good. The thing that impressed me most was that in seven innings, only one leadoff batter got on. That changes the whole complexion of the inning, of the game.”
A&M managed to plate runs in each of the first four innings, taking a six-run lead into the fifth.
Back-to-back doubles by Morrow and Gibson gave the Aggies their first run of the game in the first.
A three-run second came after Ridley started the inning with a single. She advanced on a fielder’s choice sacrifice by Rhi Kliesing. Kelsey Spittler followed up reaching on a throwing error by Beaver starting pitcher Kelly Dyer. Ridley was able to score on a sac fly by Natalie Villarreal. Gibson logged her second double of the game driving in another Aggie run.
Oregon State’s only run came in the bottom of the fifth, as Paige Lowe launched a solo shot over the left field fence.
Four singles in the seventh by Jamie Hinshaw, Glasco, Ridley and Villarreal resulted in three more runs for A&M pushing the final score to 9-1.
“I always have a lot of respect for Oregon State,” Evans noted. “They play hard and they play in a great conference, so I liked the way our kids really showed up and were focused. I thought we played some of our best ball that I’ve seen in a long time. I mean long time in terms of practice and fall ball.”
Scarborough allowed just four Oregon State runners to reach scoring position.
The Aggies managed to pound out a total of 20 hits on the day. Morrow ended the afternoon going 4-for-9 with three runs scored. Ridley was 3-for-6 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Villarreal chipped in three RBIs of her own on the day, fielding eight flawless plays at second base.
The Aggies will conclude their run through the Cathedral City Kickoff at 11 a.m. (CST) Sunday morning as they face Utah St.
Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Texas A&M 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 6 0
Cal State Northridge 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
LOB - Texas A&M 9; CSUN 4. HR - Morrow(1); Ridley(1). SH - Scarborough; Raphael. SB - Hinshaw.
Win - Gibson (2-0). Loss - Lovato (0-2). Save - None.
WP - Pitzenberger.
Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Texas A&M 1 3 1 1 0 0 3 9 14 1
Oregon State 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 1
E - Morrow; Dyer. LOB - Texas A&M 8; OREST 5. 2B - Morrow; Gibson 2; M. Lowe. 3B - Morrow. HR - P. Lowe. SH -
Kliesing; Spittler 2. SF - Villareal. CS - Scarborough.
Win - Scarborough (1-1). Loss - Dyer (0-2). Save - None.
WP - Scarborough.