Ag Softball Slams Jayhawks

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LAWRENCE, Kan.- Amanda Scarborough pitched a one-hit shutout and 11 different Texas A&M batters logged a hit as the 5th-ranked Aggies beat the Kansas Jayhawks 13-0 at Arrocha Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

The victory served as Jo Evans’ 400th win as the Aggies’ head coach. It improved A&M’s record to 34-6, 7-3 in the Big 12 while Kansas fell to 27-16-1, 3-6 in Big 12.

“It was a great win for us today,” Evans said. “I thought offensively our kids made good adjustments at the plate from at-bat to at-bat. It was nice to see us get comfortable and put that many hits together and do a nice job to score runs.”

Sharonda McDonald drew a walk to start the game, stole second and came around to score on a fielder’s choice hit by Jamie Hinshaw. The Aggies never let up recording a total of 16 hits on the day.

The Aggies added two runs in the third and four in the sixth, pushing their lead to 7-0. The four-run fourth was started with a solo home run by designated player Alex Reynolds. It was the freshman’s first of the season and caused the first of two KU pitching changes.

Kassie Humphreys was replaced by Sarah Vertelka after allowing four Aggie runs to score in three innings of work. After a double steal by McDonald and Macie Morrow, Vertelka would be charged with an illegal pitch, bringing McDonald home for the second time. Scarborough singled, driving in Morrow and Megan Gibson, who reached on one of her two walks on the day.

A&M plated six more runs in the top of the seventh, sealing the victory. Pinch hitters, Lisa Gorzycki, Holly Ridley and Mandy Gegen would all record hits, Gorzycki registering two as she came around to bat twice in the inning. Valerie George was brought in for the final two outs of the game as Vertelka allowed eight runs to score on 10 hits in three and a third innings in the circle.

“I’m really excited for our kids who came off the bench, who don’t get that many looks,” Evans continued. “Gorzycki got a couple of hits and Ridley and Gegen got on base, as well. It’s nice to see our kids when they have the opportunities, make the most of it.”

Scarborough’s no-hitter was broken up in the bottom of the seventh when Amanda Jobe drove a sharply hit ground up the middle; Morrow made the stop but was unable to make the throw to first in time. Jobe was retired trying to take second on Morrow’s throw that got by Gibson at first. A lineout to Morrow by Val Chapple ended the game.

McDonald finished the game going 2-for-3 with a walk, four runs scored and 3-for-3 in stolen bases. Morrow, Hinshaw and Gibson each stole a base, giving the Aggies six on the day. Gibson was 2-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored and three RBIs. Hinshaw recorded three RBIs, as well, going 2-for-4.

Scarborough earned her 17th win of the season, her fourth shutout. In seven innings of work, the junior struck out 10 batters and did not allow a free pass.

“Amanda came about as close as you can to throwing a perfect game,” Evans ended. “I thought she looked like she was in total control, she was ahead of hitters. I’m really proud of our defense; Macie did all she could to try to keep the no-hitter in tact and made a nice play.”

The Aggies will host Oklahoma State in a doubleheader on Wednesday at the Aggie Softball Complex. The first game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and can be seen on Cox Sports Television.