SAN MARCOS, Texas – Senior Amber Garza hit two home runs as the 13th-ranked Texas A&M softball team (17-4) defeated Texas State (13-9), Wednesday at the Bobcat Softball Stadium.
Garza was 3-for-4 on the night with two home runs and a bunt single for four RBI. Senior Emily Albus reached base four times on the day, with a double, two base hits and a hit-by-pitch. The centerfielder also had an RBI and a run scored.
A pair of base hits put Texas State on the board in the bottom of the first inning with a 1-0 lead.
The Bobcat advantage didn’t last long, however, as the Aggies took the lead in the top of the second. Freshman April Ryan’s bases-loaded single to right field plated a pair of runs, both unearned after a fielding error at third. Another fielding error by the Bobcats added two more runs for the 4-1 lead.
Senior Emily Albus and Ryan both had base hits in the inning, and seniors Nicole Morgan and Jenna Stark each reached on walks.
A leadoff home run over the 225 mark in centerfield by Garza in the top of the third stretched the Aggie advantage to 5-1. Senior Taran Tyler followed Garza with a base hit chipped into left field and took second when sophomore Breanna Dozier reached on a walk. With two outs, Albus hit a double to left-centerfield, picking up an RBI when Tyler scored the 6-1 run on the laser.
Texas State also hit a solo home run in the third, narrowing the Aggie lead to 6-2 after three full frames.
The Bobcats had a pair of base hits in the fourth inning, but a solid Aggie defense prevented any damage from being done. Senior Cassie Tysarczyk fielded a ball at the wall in right field, and hurled a throw across the diamond to catch a runner taking extra bases at third. In the next at-bat, sophomore pitcher Katie Marks snagged a line drive and doubled a runner off at first to end the inning.
Garza’s second home run of the game came in the top of the sixth with runners on the corners. The three-run shot over left gave the Aggies a 9-2 lead. Morgan and Tysarczyk each scored on the play after reaching on a base hit and a walk, respectively.
The Bobcats got a runner aboard in the sixth and seventh innings, but were unable to rally and the Aggies earned their 17th win of the season.
Marks (8-0) earned the win for the Aggies, after throwing five complete innings. The Katy, Texas, native allowed two earned runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out one. Redshirt junior Rachel Fox closed the game, tossing two full innings for no decision. Texas State’s Rayn House (10-5) took the loss after giving up five earned runs on nine hits and six walks, despite fanning six batters.
The Aggies begin Southeastern Conference play this weekend at home against No. 15 Missouri. The three-game series starts at 7 p.m. Friday. Fans can enjoy fireworks at the ballpark following Friday’s game. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.