COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Freshman Cali Lanphear was 3-for-3 with five RBI and three runs scored as the No. 13 Texas A&M softball team (35-9) run-ruled the Bobcats (11-31), 14-0 in five innings, at Texas State on Tuesday in San Marcos.
Lanphear was one of four Aggies to go yard on the night, as juniors Amber Garza, Taran Tyler and Jenna Stark also cleared the fence. Tyler’s home run was her first of the season.
Illegal pitches and a pair of long hits in the top of the first inning scored five runs for A&M. Junior Cassie Tysarczyk led the base running with a double to right-centerfield and advanced to third on an illegal pitch before junior Nicole Morgan reached with a walk. A second illegal pitch sent Morgan to second and scored Tysarczyk as Stark walked.
A walk by Garza loaded the bases in time for a third illegal pitch to send Morgan home for the 2-0 run. With runners on first and second, Lanphear hammered a ball to right-centerfield to plate Stark and Garza before a fourth illegal ball pushed Lanphear home for the 5-0 lead.
A&M put up three more runs in the top of the third on a three-run jack by Lanphear. Stark led off with a single through the left side, and Garza took first on a hit-by-pitch before Lanphear cleared the wall in right for the 8-0 lead.
A two-out solo shot by Garza in the fourth stretched the Aggie advantage to 9-0. Back-to-back base hits by Lanphear and junior Kaydee Rayburn put runners on base as Tyler found the pitch she wanted for the second blast of her career, putting a 12-0 mark on the board.
With two outs in the top of the fifth, senior pinch hitter Sydney Shannon reached on a throwing error and was plated, unearned, as Stark went yard over left field.
The game ended in a 14-0 run-rule as the Aggies had their highest scoring game since February of last year. A&M had 12 hits on the night, holding Texas State to just two.
Sophomore Lauren Ainsley (11-3) started the game and threw three one-hit innings, walking just one batter and striking out one. Freshman Sara Mireles tossed two shutout innings of relief. Ashley Wright (6-13) suffered the loss after giving up eight earned runs on six hits and three walks in two innings in the circle.
The Aggies travel to Georgia this weekend for a three-game Southeastern Conference series. Game one is set for Friday at 5 p.m. Central. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com and follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.