COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Aggie All-American Megan Gibson tossed her first career no-hitter as the fourth-ranked Texas A&M softball team (41-7, 13-1 Big 12) blanked the Kansas Jayhawks (30-14, 4-7 Big 12) 14-0 in front of 1,837 fans on a gorgeous afternoon at the Aggie Softball Complex.
“I wasn’t really thinking about having a no-hitter going,” Gibson said. “I was just relaxed the whole time, throwing my game and trying to keep their hitters off balance.”
The Aggies pounded out 14 runs on 10 hits in just four innings at the plate. Leading the way for A&M’s hitters were Gibson and designated player Alex Reynolds who each drove in three RBIs on the day. Gibson went 2-for-2 with two runs scored on a single and a triple. She also drew her team-leading 40 and 41st walks of the year. Reynolds was 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. Both of the sophomore’s hits were doubles, one in the rightfield gap and the other just inside the rightfield line.
“I’m excited about Alex because she’s aggressive up there,” A&M head coach Jo Evans said. “You want her up there with runners on because she’s just someone who really is hungry to make something happen. She doesn’t just sit back. She takes initiative and goes after it. It’s great to see her hitting the ball so hard and in gaps. I love her mentality at the plate right now. She feels really comfortable.”
Jamie Hinshaw scored twice on the day with junior Holly Ridley crossing home plate three times. Ridley was 1-for-1 in the game, drawing a walk and was drilled for the seventh time in nine Big 12 games.
The fourth-largest crowd to watch the Aggie softball team in action saw Gibson allow just two Jayhawk batters to reach first and get no further. The senior-workhorse was a walk and a hit-batsman away from a perfect game. The Spring, Texas-native fanned seven en route to her 26th victory of the season.
“I thought Gibson looked really good,” Evans said. “I’m especially happy for her because she struggled a little the other night against Oklahoma State. She could have come in here looking over her shoulder, but instead she came out relaxed and really settled in. Her performance today was really good for our team.”
A&M chased Kansas starter Valerie George (16-6) after just 2.1 innings of work. The junior was charged with six of the Aggies’ runs. She surrendered four hits and walked three. Allison Clark and Sarah Vertelka combined for the remaining 1.2 innings in the circle. The duo gave up eight runs on six hits and walked four.
“Tomorrow is going to be all business,” Evans ended. “We’re going to celebrate for a few minutes and then get out of here and be focused on tomorrow. Kansas is no slouch. They are a good ballclub and they are having a great year overall. They’ve faced all the toughest teams so far in the conference, so I know they are coming to come out strong tomorrow. There is no question in my mind that they are going to come after us.”
The Aggies and Jayhawks will wrap-up the two game series on Sunday, Senior Day at the Aggie Softball Complex. First-pitch is slated for 12:07 p.m. and can be viewed on Cox Sports Television with play-by-play from Will Johnson and color commentary from Selena Collins. Live audio of the game will also be available on AggieAthletics.com.
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