BOCA RATON, FL -- Amanda Scarborough was 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and pitched a complete game shutout as the 3rd-ranked Texas A&M softball team beat Rutgers (1-0) and Michigan State (3-0) on the opening day of the FAU Parents’ Weekend Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla.
“It’s nice to come here and get two wins on the first day of the tournament,” commented A&M head coach Jo Evans. “I thought we were a little rusty in the first game; having a week off is always a little challenging. But I thought our kids did a really nice job coming back against Michigan State.”
With the wins, A&M improves its winning streak to 10 games and overall record to 23-2. The Scarlet Knights fell to 4-15, with the loss, and the Spartans dropped to 12-11.
Scarborough helped her cause at the plate in the fourth inning with a solo home run over the right-centerfield wall to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead.
A&M added another run in the fifth as Joy Davis led-off with a double up the middle, Sharonda McDonald followed up with a single to move Davis to third. Macie Morrow then hit a slow roller to second to bring in A&M’s second run of the game, her second RBI of the day.
The Aggies’ third run came across in the sixth as Megan Gibson started the inning with her second triple of the season and came home on a Scarborough sacrifice fly to right field.
The win served as Scarborough’s (10-2) second complete game shutout in the circle for the Aggies this season, her first was the 3-0 win against Houston last week. Scarborough retired 10 batters in a row before allowing a hit in the fourth. In seven innings of work, Scarborough allowed just three hits as she struck out five batters without giving up a free pass.
“Against Michigan State I thought we came back and got in a little bit better rhythm at the plate and put some hits together,” Evans continued. “Scarborough hit the ball well and helped herself win a ballgame.”
It took an extra inning in the first game against Rutgers for the Aggies to beat the Scarlet Knights, 1-0. The international tiebreaker was brought into play in the eighth inning. A&M began the bottom half of the eighth with Davis on second. McDonald was intentionally walked to put the force play into effect. However, Davis and McDonald both moved up on a double steal. Morrow drove a ball deep to right field for the sac fly to win the game.
Gibson improved to a perfect 10-0 on the mound this season, with the one-hit shutout of Rutgers. She worked eight innings giving up just two walks while striking out 10.
“Both our pitchers today, Gibson and Scarborough, were terrific and threw really well,” Evans said. “Defensively, I thought we played well. If you’re going to have two things going for you, those are the two things you want. It was nice to see our kids hang in there during the first game against Rutgers and get a win with the run in the eighth inning.”
With a hit in each game, McDonald extends her hitting streak to 11 games.
“All in all, it was a good day for us. It was nice to kind of brush off the dust and rust and get back into the playing mode. We’re looking forward to coming out to play again tomorrow, Evans concluded.”
A&M will continue round-robin play on Saturday with an afternoon game against UMass at 3 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. (CDT) game against Florida Atlantic.
Rutgers............. 000 000 00 - 0 1 1
Texas A&M........... 000 000 01 - 1 3 1
Win - None. Loss - YARD, C. (1-5). Save - None.
WP - YARD, C.; Gibson 2. HBP - by Gibson (HODGES, K.).
Texas A&M........... 000 111 0 - 3 7 0
Michigan State...... 000 000 0 - 0 3 0
Win - Scarborough (10-2). Loss - Turney (3-6). Save - None.
HBP - by Turney (Ridley). BK - Hair.