LAWRENCE, Kan. - Amanda Scarborough hit two triples, drew two walks and scored three runs as the 5th-ranked Texas A&M softball team shutout the Kansas Jayhawks 7-0 on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark.
With the win the Aggies improve to 33-6 and 6-3 in Big 12 play while the loss drops the Jayhawks to 27-15-1 and 3-5 in the conference.
“I liked the way we took our walks when the Kansas pitchers gave them to us, that’s a big key,” A&M head coach Jo Evans said. “It sets the table and then it only takes a hit to make something happen. I think that was the difference early on, being able to set the table, score and stay patient at the plate.”
Scarborough led-off the third inning with shot into right centerfield for her fourth triple of the season. Jamie Hinshaw would hit a first-pitch single up the middle to score Scarborough from third. With two outs, designated player Alex Reynolds hit a double to score Hinshaw, giving the Aggies a 2-0 lead.
A&M would add three more runs in the fourth. Megan Gibson and Scarborough drew back-to-back walks before Kansas would change pitchers, bringing in Valerie George for starter Kassie Humphreys. Hinshaw hit a shot back at George who overthrew first base, allowing Gibson to come home and Scarborough to advance to third. Reynolds registered her second hit of the game, a single into center, scoring Scarborough and Hinshaw.
The fifth inning was almost identical to third with Scarborough starting the inning with a triple, this time down the right field line and coming home on a Hinshaw single. Reynolds brought Hinshaw home on her third base hit of the game, pushing A&M’s lead 7-0.
Hinshaw finished the day going 2-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored and two RBI. Reynolds ended the game going 3-for-4 with three RBI.
Gibson (14-2) recorded her sixth shutout of the season, working seven complete, allowing just three hits. She walked one and struck out six KU batters. Only four Jayhawks were able to reach scoring position.
“Megan was great today,” Evans ended. “I thought she controlled their at-bats so well. She scattered a couple of hits and her change-up was great. She had a great presence and confidence on the mound. She was just in total control.”
Humphreys (13-8) was charged with the loss. She worked four innings giving up four runs on four hits. She walked seven and struck out five Aggie batters. George worked three innings, allowing three runs on four hits. She registered three strike outs.
The Aggies and Jayhawks will play the series finale on Sunday. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. and can be heard on AggieAthletics.com on the new Aggies All-Access.