COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Bailey Schroeder blasted her third home run of the season, in the sixth to lead the 4th-ranked Texas A&M softball team to an 11-3 run-ruling of McNeese State in front of 575 fans on Sunday afternoon at the Aggie Softball Complex.
With the win, A&M improves to a perfect 5-0 in the 2007 Texas A&M Invitational and 19-2 on the season. McNeese fell to 9-18 with the loss.
“It’s nice to come out of our tournament 5-0,” commented A&M head coach Jo Evans. “I thought overall our kids played really well. We got really good pitching out of our staff and it was really nice to see us hitting well throughout the order. We did a good job of scoring a lot of runs. I think our kids will carry a lot of confidence into our series with Houston this week.”
With a 9-3 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, Megan Gibson got the Aggies going with a lead-off triple down the right field line, her first triple as an Aggie. Amanda Scarborough drove Gibson in with a sac fly to McNeese center fielder Courtney Lemke . With two outs and one run away from bringing the run rule into effect, Schroeder turned on an 0-2 pitch driving the solo shot deep over the left field wall.
Both teams scored two runs in the first inning and remained tied until the bottom of the third where the Aggies took control at the plate, scattering four hits, including Scarborough’s first career triple that scored Jamie Hinshaw who reached on a double and Gibson who drew her 19th walk of the season. First baseman, Alex Reynolds recorded an RBI single to left field to bring home Scarborough.
The Cowgirls pushed one more run across in the fourth off a fielder’s choice and a double by second baseman Brooke Brodhead.
However, the Aggies exploded again in the fifth, adding four more runs for a 9-3 lead. Gibson started the inning with her second walk of the game and moved to second when Scarborough was hit by a pitch. Catcher Patti Wunderlich loaded the bases drawing a walk of her own. One batter later, Joy Davis earned an RBI as she patiently waited taking a 3-2 pitch for the third walk of the inning. Sharonda McDonald reached on an error by Brodhead that brought Scarborough home. Freshman Macie Morrow recorded her two RBI of the game on a double up the middle that scored both Wunderlich and Davis.
Scarborough ended the day 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored and four RBI, she also earned her eighth win in the circle. Scarborough worked six complete allowing just three runs, two earned, on four hits and two free passes. She struck out seven Cowgirl batters.
Gibson was 1-for-1 in the game with two walks and a sacrifice fly just behind second base that scored McDonald in the first inning.
A&M will head to Houston on Wednesday to face the University of Houston Cougars in a two-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.