COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Macie Morrow was 2-for-3 with a home run, a single and a walk to pace the 3rd-ranked Texas A&M softball team (28-3, 2-0) to an 8-0 run-ruling of the Iowa State Cyclones (17-24, 0-2) in Big 12 action on Sunday afternoon at the Aggie Softball Complex.
A&M took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never let up as Morrow belted her third home run of the season and Amanda Scarborough drove in Megan Gibson with a double into left field. The RBI was Scarborough’s team-leading 28th of the season.
“It was nice to see our bats come around today,” commented A&M head coach Jo Evans. “It was nice for us to score in the first inning. Macie struggled a little bit yesterday and then came back today with a big home run. It’s always exciting when you can score right away. Scarborough continues to swing the bat hard and get her RBI’s. We also did a good job of stealing bases to get ourselves into scoring position.”
Gibson gave up back-to-back, one-out singles in the first inning, but coaxed a ground out and a strikeout to end any scoring threat the Cyclones may have posed.
Gibson went on to strikeout a total of seven ISU batters en route to her 12th victory of the season, fourth shutout. The junior from Spring, Texas allowed six hits and three walks in six complete innings on the mound.
Gibson loaded the bases in the Cyclone sixth with a single and then two consecutive two-out walks by pinch-hitter Ariel Coburn and Amanda Bradberry, however Gibson dug in and struck out ISU’s second pinch-hitter of the inning, Charissa Cross for the third and final out.
“I think our pitchers did a great job this weekend,” Evans said. “Gibson followed suit from Scarborough’s start yesterday. She did a good job of getting the lead-off hitters out and worked herself out of a jam in the last inning. She kept the batters off balance with her change-up and mixing her speeds. She had a good presence on the mound today.”
The Aggies added two additional runs in the third as freshman Mandy Gegen sent a two-run single down the right field line. The two runs scored were Gegen’s seventh and eight RBI of the season, fifth and sixth during the past three games.
A&M brought the run-rule into effect in the bottom of the sixth. Senior designated player, Beverly Rowan led-off the inning with a four-pitch walk and came home after back-to-back singles by Bailey Schroeder and Joy Davis. Sharonda McDonald extended her hitting streak to 17 games with the Aggies’ third single of the inning. The 17 games, with at least one hit, tied the Aggie record for longest hitting streak, held by Gina Perez, Jennifer McFalls and Kelly Ferguson. Morrow drew a walk before Jamie Hinshaw hit a two-run single into left field to end the game.
“The freshman had a great day,” Evans concluded. “Mandy Gegen again steps up and gets a big single and two RBI. She really looks solid at the plate. Bailey Schroeder worked her way back into the lineup today and she ended up really driving the ball well. I’m just really pleased with our younger players, the whole team really and the way we hit throughout the order. We really put a lot of pressure on their defense today. I thought that made the difference.”
The Aggies will head to Austin on Wednesday to continue league play when they take on the 10th-ranked Texas Longhorns at McCombs Field. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPNU.
Iowa State.......... 000 000 - 0 6 2
Texas A&M........... 202 004 - 8 9 0
Win - Gibson (12-1). Loss - Carlin (8-6). Save - None.
HBP - by Carlin (Rowan). IP - Carlin.