BOCA RATON, FL -- Sharonda McDonald slapped a single into left field in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the 3rd-ranked Texas A&M softball team a 3-2 victory over the UMass Minutewomen in day-two action at the FAU Parents’ Weekend Tournament in Boca Raton, Fla.
With the win, A&M (24-2) extended its winning streak to 11 games, while UMass falls to 10-10-1 overall.
“I thought we did a nice job of staying calm,” commented A&M head coach Jo Evans. “We could have easily let the wheel fall off when the kid hit the double (to tie the game), but we didn’t do that. That’s the great thing about our team; we really believe that we are talented enough to win and can find that way to win.”
After pinch-runner Kristine Test was thrown out at the plate on a fly-ball out by Patti Wunderlich, McDonald delivered a two-out single to score Holly Ridley for the win. The single also extended the centerfielder’s hitting streak to 12 games.
“Sho (McDonald) stepped up in a big situation. We don’t often call on her to get an RBI, but she was money right there. She was right on the ball,” Evans said.
The Aggies managed their first run of the game in the third inning as Joy Davis reached with a single up the middle, stole second and came home on a two-out single into left field by Megan Gibson. The hit would be the first of three in the game for Davis, as she was 3-for-4 with a run scored.
The Minutewomen tied the game one-all in the top of the seventh off a fielding error by Jamie Hinshaw at third base. Jackie Teman was brought in to pinch run for Whitney Mollica, and a batter later pinch-hitter Samantha Salato doubled to left-center to score Teman.
With the international tiebreaker in effect, both teams managed to bring a run across in the eighth.
Gibson ended the game going 2-for-4 with two RBI, including one in the eighth to tie the game at two.
Scarborough (11-2) threw a complete game four-hitter. The nine innings was Scarborough’s longest outing as an Aggie. She fanned nine batters while allowing just two runs and no walks.
“I thought Scarborough was terrific on the mound,” said Evans. “It’s really a shame that we didn’t finish the game in seven. She did exactly what she needed to do and we just made an error in that last inning. She controlled every at bat up to that point. It was a terrific outing by her.”
The Aggies have another game this evening, which is set to begin immediately following the FAU/Rutgers game that began at 6:30 p.m. (CDT). The Aggies will take on the host team, FAU Owls.
UMASS............... 000 000 110 - 2 4 1
Texas A&M........... 001 000 011 - 3 7 2
Win - Scarborough (11-2). Loss - BALSCHMITER (7-7). Save - None.
HBP - by BALSCHMITER (Scarborough). PB - WEHR; Wunderlich.