COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Senior Jami Lobpries went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the No. 5 national seed Texas A&M softball team (51-7) to a 4-0 victory over the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (36-28) in day two action of the College Station Regional at the Aggie Softball Complex.
Keeping pace from Friday night’s game Gibson struckout the side to begin the bottom half of the first inning. The All-American went on to fan 11 La Tech hitters en route to her 35th victory of the season. Gibson has now posted double-digit strikeout games in four of her last five outings for a total 12 on the season. She did not surrender a free pass in seven complete innings of work.
In the top of the second Jamie Hinshaw leadoff the inning with her 23rd walk of the season for A&M, the visiting team on the afternoon. She stole her 17th-straight base before tagging on a Holly Ridley fly ball into rightfield. With a 1-2 count Jami Lobpries blooped a single just in front of Lady Techster rightfielder Lyndsey McIlwain for the Aggies’ first run of the game and Lobpries’ 29th RBI.
With one out in the second, Rhiannon Kliesing took first after an 0-1 pitch skimmed the top of her helmet. With two down in the inning, Gibson sent a hard shot just to the right of the second base bag for a single. La Tech second baseman Heather Doiron made a diving attempt at the ball but it bounced off the tip or her glove into centerfield, allowing Kliesing to take third. In the next pitch, Gibson stole second, but a low throw by Regan Clark gave Kliesing the opportunity to stroll home for A&M’s second run of the game.
Freshman Kelsey Spittler added an insurance run in the top of the seventh, reaching on a single up the middle, moving to second on a passed ball and taking third on a flyout by Kliesing. Lefty second baseman Natalie Villarreal laced a shot into rightfield to plate Spittler before coming around to score herself on a throwing error by Lady Techster third baseman Summer Young.
Krissi Oliver suffered the loss for La Tech in the circle. The junior moved to 18-14 on the season. In six innings of work, Oliver allowed two runs on three hits. She struckout five Aggie hitters and walked three. Wanda Malone and Meghan Krieg combined for the final inning on the mound, giving up two more runs on two hits and a throwing error.
The win advances A&M to Sunday’s championship game set to begin at 12 p.m. Fans can access live video and audio of the game on aggieathletis.com. The game can also be heard locally on Sports Radio 1150 the Zone.
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