COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Sophomore Cassie Tysarczyk had two RBI as the No. 21 Texas A&M softball team (14-7) took a comeback victory over Houston (10-9) on the final day of the Texas A&M Invitational.
The Aggies’ victory avenged their only loss of the weekend as they finished the tournament with a 4-1 record.
“[Cassie] stepped up huge today,” head coach Jo Evans said. “I’m really excited for Cassie. The thing about her is that she’s always in it for our team. I just love the way the kid plays. If she’s not on the field, she’s in the dugout – all about us. She stepped up huge.”
A ball squeezed down the left field line by the Cougars gave Houston a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth.
Junior Meagan May got the first hit of the game for the Aggies, slamming a ball into the wall in left field for a single. May was replaced by sophomore pinch runner Kaydee Rayburn who took second on a sacrifice bunt and was joined on base by junior Mel Dumezich, who drew a walk. Both runners were left stranded.
A long ball over the right field fence by Tysarczyk, her first home run of the season, narrowed the gap to 2-1 for the Aggies in the bottom of the fifth.
After holding a Cougar runner at second in the top of the sixth, the Aggies got to work in the bottom of the inning. Senior Natalie Villarreal sent a base hit into left field and advanced to second when the left fielder struggled to pick up the ball. Villarreal was 2-for-3 on the day with a run scored.
Junior Sydney Shannon singled to left field and gave Villarreal time to score while tying the game at 2-2. Dumezich drew her second walk of the day and was followed on base by sophomore Nicole Morgan, who reached on a fielder’s choice. With two outs and bases loaded, Tysarczyk went opposite field and plated the 3-2 run with a single to left. The right fielder was 2-for-3 on the day with a run scored and two RBI.
Dumezich fanned two batters in the top of the seventh as Houston went three-up, three-down for the loss. The junior (9-4) hurler threw nine strikeouts and walked one while giving up two earned runs on four hits in seven complete innings for the victory. UH pitcher Diedre Outon (3-2) suffered the loss after allowing three earned runs on six hits in six innings of work.
The Aggies return to the home pitch next weekend to host Monmouth, Liberty and North Dakota State in the Aggie Invitational. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com.