LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The 17th-ranked Texas A&M softball team improved to 3-0 on the season with an 11-0 run-rule victory over Wright State (0-3) Saturday at UCLA’s Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament at Easton Stadium.
The Aggie bats were strong with two outs, sending eight runs across the plate with two marks against them. The team played to a steady victory, scoring in each inning on the way to the win.
Junior Nicole Morgan, who entered the game with nine RBI on the season, added a sixth hit of the year with an infield single in the first. Senior Mel Dumezich took full advantage of the runner on base, sending a ball screaming over the fence in left field for a two-run home run. The hit flew in a perfect line down the baseline, grazing the foul pole on its way over the wall.
In the top of the second, three doubles put the Aggies ahead 5-0. Freshman Cali Lanphear blazed a double into right-center field, but was tagged out in a run-down. With runners on first and second, junior Emily Albus hit a perfect double down the left-field line that bounced just inside fair territory and took a dive toward the third-base dugout to give junior Amber Garza time to score from second.
Stepping up behind Albus, senior Meagan May got down in the count before hitting a double to left that ricocheted off the wall and sent Albus and sophomore Brittany Clopton home for the 5-0 lead.
Dumezich added a fourth double of the game to lead off in the third inning. A two-out ssingle to right field by Garza sent the senior home from third. A double steal by Garza and junior Jenna Stark gave the Aggies a 7-0 lead when Stark crossed the plate. Albus hit a bunt single for her second RBI of the game, pushing Garza home for the 8-0 run.
Pinch hitting for Dumezich, freshman Breanna Dozier reached on an error and took third on a Cassie Tysarczyk single and a hit-by-pitch for Lanphear. With bases loaded, California native Jenna Stark slugged a line drive into left field to score Dozier for the 9-0 run. An RBI hit-by-pitch put Garza on first and sent Tysarczyk home for the 10-0 lead.
Leading off in the top of the fifth, May hit a ball that bounced off of the top of the wall in left field and reentered the stadium. The hit was originally called a single, but was ruled a home run after junior Allison Garrett had entered to pinch run. May was credited with the run and Garrett maintained substitute eligibility.
The Aggies held their 11-0 lead through the bottom of the inning to end the game in an 11-0 run-rule.
Dumezich (2-0) picked up her second victory of the season with three shutout innings. The senior fanned six batters and allowed just two on base with two walks and no hits. Freshman Kristen Davenport spent two innings in the circle in her collegiate debut. The right-hander gave up no runs on two hits in two innings of relief. Wright State’s Krystian DeWitt (0-2) took the loss after giving up five runs on six hits in two innings of work.
The 17th-ranked Aggies will close out opening weekend tomorrow with a 1:30 p.m. CST game vs. host school No. 19 UCLA before returning to the Lone Star State. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.