COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Game times for this weekend's NCAA Softball Super Regional in College Station between Texas A&M and Florida have been set.
All games will be televised by ESPN.
Game 1: Friday, May 25 - 6:30 p.m. (CDT)
Game 2: Saturday, May 26 - 1 p.m. (CDT)
Game 3: 30 min following game 2, if necessary
Sharonda McDonald was 4-for-6 on the day with five runs scored, two RBIs and three stolen bases and Alex Reynolds hit a grand slam to lead the 7th-ranked Texas A&M softball team (44-11) to two wins (13-2, 5-0) over the University of Houston, to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals next weekend.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our ball club. I thought we were absolutely terrific in the last three games,” A&M head coach Jo Evans said. “I think Houston woke a sleeping giant the other day when they beat us. I love the way our kids came back and had complete confidence and really dominated the three games we played after the loss. It was total team effort. It was great to see to (Megan) Gibson and (Amanda) Scarborough step up in these last three games and give us great outings and give us a chance to win.”
After Saturday’s loss to the Cougars (44-18), the Aggies came out as the visitors in game one, pounding out 13 runs on 11 hits to run-rule Houston in five innings.
“We played that way at the beginning of the season,” Scarborough noted. “It’s so hard to play 55 games with such intensity. It’s hard on you mentally and physically. We showed exactly how we played in February with that emotion and that is exactly how we played today in those games.”
A&M posted runs in all five frames including a five-run first and a four-run third. McDonald started the game by drawing a walk, quickly stole second and scored on a Jamie Hinshaw double down the leftfield line. Gibson drew a full-count walk and Scarborough singled up the middle to load the bases for Reynolds’ fifth bomb of the season; a towering shot that cleared the wall in left.
The Cougars never quite recovered failing to bring anyone home in Scarborough’s four innings of work. It wasn’t until the fifth when freshman lefty, Emily Shadow entered in relief that Houston pushed two runs across. With two outs, Christa Raley started a four single rally. Shadow coaxed Houston pitcher, Angel Shamblin to pop-out to Macie Morrow at shortstop.
Scarborough allowed five hits, walked two and struck out four en route to her 24th victory of the season.
In the second game of the afternoon, the Aggies switched to the third base dugout and became the home team but never lost a step as they plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning. McDonald slapped a single to start the game and once again stole second, her second of the day and came home in the same fashion as the first game, a hit by Hinshaw. Hinshaw, the Aggies’ third baseman, stole second and advanced to third after tagging on a Gibson fly ball into center. Houston leftfielder Laura Durham caught a ball in foul territory allowing Hinshaw to tag and take home.
A&M tacked-on three insurance runs in the third inning with McDonald leading off with a single into right-centerfield. The senior swiped her third bag of the day and scored on a Gibson single down the rightfield line. In the first pitch of her at bat, Scarborough muscled a two-run homer, her seventh of the season, extending A&M’s lead 5-0. The RBIs moved Scarborough to a team-leading 46 on the season.
Gibson (17-4) was lights-out in the circle giving up just five hits, walking one and striking out six in seven complete. It was Gibson’s eighth shutout of the season. The junior allowed just three Cougar batters to reach scoring position.
The Aggies turned a 1-6-3 double play to end the game and advance to the Super Regional against the Florida Gators.
Shamblin (31-9) recorded both losses for Houston this afternoon. In the first game Shamblin allowed seven runs in two innings. She gave up six hits and two walks. In the second game she worked all six innings giving up the five runs off eight hits.
“I think Angel Shamblin is really very good,” Evans said. “She had a great year and she had a lot on her shoulders, our kids were pretty fired up to play the game. I think she’s got a good shot at making one of the All-American teams. I’m on that committee so I’ll certainly speak on her behalf because I think she’s had tremendous season.”
Hinshaw finished the day going 4-for-7 with three runs scored and four RBIs.
“I think that Jamie Hinshaw has made a big difference,” Evans ended. “Over the last couple weeks, we’ve put her in the two-hole and that’s made a huge difference. That got Macie Morrow out of the two and got her down in the lineup where she could start relaxing. I have told our team the teams that win championships, that go down the stretch are the ones where somebody gets hot that wasn’t hot.”
Ticket and game information about the College Station Super Regional will be posted on AggieAthletics.com.
Texas A&M........... 524 11 - 13 11 0
Houston............. 000 02 - 2 9 2
E - Shamblin(2); Love(3). LOB - A&M 6; HOU 9. 2B - Hinshaw(9). 3B - Scarborough(6). HR - Hinshaw(3); Reynolds(5). SH -
Davis(7). SF - Gibson(3). SB - McDonald(35).
Win - Scarborough (24-7). Loss - Shamblin (32-8). Save - None.
WP - Scarborough(5). Pitches/strikes: Scarborough 63/37; Shadow 22/15; Shamblin 54/34; Love 82/43.
Houston............. 000 000 0 - 0 5 0
Texas A&M........... 203 000 X - 5 8 1
E - Wunderlich(4). DP - A&M 2. LOB - HOU 4; A&M 5. HR - Scarborough(7). SF - Scarborough(6). SB - Durham La.(8); McDonald
2(37); Hinshaw(26); Lobpries(5); Davis(16); Gorzycki(3).
Win - Gibson (17-4). Loss - Shamblin (31-9). Save - None.
WP - Gibson(10). Pitches/strikes: Shamblin 104/63; Gibson 79/63.