WACO, Texas- Despite taking a lead into the bottom of the seventh, the 6th-ranked Texas A&M softball team fell 5-4 in 10 innings to the 7th-ranked Baylor Lady Bears in front of a sellout crowd of 1,455 at Getterman Stadium on Saturday evening.
The loss moves the Aggies to 39-9 on the season, 12-6 in Big 12 play while the win clinched at least a share of the Big 12 title for Baylor, who moved to 45-12, 14-3 in league play.
“I thought both teams played really well,” A&M head coach Jo Evans said. “We certainly had our chances. I’m proud of our kids; we really fought hard and never got down and kept pushing, scoring runs late. You have to be able to make that one pitch, get that one big out. We had are chances and that’s what’s frustrating.”
With the international tie-breaker in effect, Chelsi Lake was placed at second base to start the 10th inning and moved to third on a wild pitch. Alex Coyler and Wesley both struck out before a passed ball allowed Lake to come home for the winning run.
A&M plated three runs in the third inning off four back-to-back singles by Amanda Scarborough, Jamie Hinshaw, Jami Lobpries and Alex Reynolds. Lobpries logged her 10th RBI in the inning with Reynolds driving in her 12th and 13th of the season to give the Aggies a 3-1 lead.
Lobpries came around to score her second run of the game in the ninth when she led off with a double over Tiffany Wesley’s head in left field. Joy Davis placed a single in the gap between third and short to score Lobpries. Baylor shortstop Kelsey Sage got a glove on the ball but could not make a play at first.
Baylor started the game with a run in the first and posted single frames again in the fifth, seventh and ninth to tie the game at four-all heading into the final inning.
Megan Gibson earned the start in the circle for the Aggies. She worked five complete allowing two runs on four hits. Gibson struck out five and walked one.
Scarborough (20-6), who entered in relief in the sixth, was charged with the loss. She worked four and two-thirds giving up three runs on six hits. She did not allow a free pass and struck out two.
For Baylor, Lisa Ferguson got the start going three and a third, allowing three runs on five hits. She walked one and struck out three.
Freshman Kristen Shortridge entered in relief of Ferguson and earned her 16th win of the season working six and two thirds surrendering one run on three hits. She walked and struck out two Aggie batters.
Lobpries finished the evening 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and an RBI.
“Baylor is a good team, a good ball club,” Evans ended. “They had do everything they could to beat us and we’re going to see teams like that down the stretch. When you see our team, you see that we are going to compete; we are not going to lay down for anybody. We feel like every time we play there is something on the line and we are going to play every game hard.”
The Aggies will return to action next Friday as they head to Oklahoma City to participate in the 2007 Big 12 Softball Championships at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.