BOISE, ID -- The No. 14 Texas A&M softball team (37-16, 16-8 Big 12) came from behind to defeat Boise State (34-18, 8-4 Mountain West) Thursday at Mountain Cove Softball Field.
A throw from right field by sophomore Cassie Tysarczyk stunned a runner on her way to scoring the tying run in the bottom of the seventh as the Aggies held their 5-4 lead through the end of the game. The Aggies lead the three-game series over Boise State, 1-0.
“Our kids through the order were putting the ball in play and getting hits,” Head Coach Jo Evans said. “We stranded nine runners, which I’d like to see us do a better job with.”
Boise State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, scoring a pair of unearned runs due to two errors by the Aggies. A two-RBI single by Allie Crump pushed the Broncos ahead to 2-0 before a bases-loaded walk gave Boise State a three-run lead.
“We make a couple of errors in that inning, uncharacteristic of us,”
Evans said. “Everything that could happen happened in that inning. I thought we did a good job to shut it down there. We come right back up in the next inning and just go out there and swing the bat. I loved that we didn’t can it. We settled in right there.”
The Aggies didn’t let the deficit bother them, however, and tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the second. Junior Mel Dumezich led off with a solo home run down the left field line. A two-out shot by senior Natalie also went yard, over right field for the solo homer, as the Aggies narrowed the gap to 2-3.
Senior Kelsea Orsak drew a walk and stole second before an error by the Boise State second baseman off of sophomore Emily Albus’ bat sent Orsak home for the unearned run and put Albus on second. Junior Brittany Walker hit an infield single at the pitcher and sent Albus to third but both were left stranded in the end of the inning.
A&M worked into a rhythm in the bottom of the second, shutting down the first three batters. Boise State’s Devon Bridges lined a hard-hit ball down the left field line for a single but Albus quickly turned the ball to Villarreal at second, who tagged Bridges out before she could record a double.
A solo home run by gave BSU another lead at 4-3 in the bottom of the third but the Aggies quickly sent the next three batters back to the dugout.
The Aggies again left runners stranded in the top of the fourth. Orsak and Albus reached base with bunt singles before a fielder’s choice by Walker took Albus out and put Orsak on third. Orsak and Walker were left on the corners as Boise State maintained its 4-3 lead.
The Broncos threatened in the bottom of the fifth, putting runners on base on a bunt single and a fielder’s choice, but Walker turned a double play to end the inning with no damage done.
A&M took its first lead of the game in the top of the sixth inning on a two-run error. Three consecutive singles by Villarreal, Orsak and Albus loaded the bases before a fielder’s choice by Brittany Walker sent Villarreal back to the dugout. With bases loaded a second time and two outs, junior Meagan May hit a pitch at the shortstop who bobbled the ball and couldn’t make a play. The error sent Orsak and Albus home, unearned, as A&M took a 5-4 lead.
The Aggies scored again in the top of the seventh, but the run was called back as freshman pinch runner Brittany Clopton was called out for not touching third as she rounded the base. Dumezich drew a walk and was replaced by Clopton at first. The freshman took second on a wild pitch before a single through the left side by sophomore Nicole Morgan sent her home.
In the final half-inning, Boise centerfielder Tara Glover drew a walk and took second on a wild pitch before she was replaced at second by Ashley Collier. A single to right field by Kellie Caplan sent Collier around the bags. The pinch runner flew home but Tysarczyk’s arm was too strong as she sent an accurate throw in to May at home plate. The junior catcher tagged Collier on the slide to prevent the tying run as the Aggies took the 5-4 victory and extended their winning streak to four games.
“Cassie really did struggle at the plate,” Evans said. “But what I love about her is that she keeps herself in the game. She’s not going to go out and feel sorry for herself. She’s just got a cannon for an arm. I really thought Meagan did a great job to get there. Cassie just has a major-league arm and knows what she’s doing out there.”
Dumezich (27-11) took the win, throwing eight strikeouts, walking five batters and giving up two earned runs on seven hits in seven complete innings of work. Boise State’s Lela Work (6-3) gave up two earned runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four batters in 5 1/3 innings pitched for the loss.
The Aggies and Broncos will continue the three-game nonconference series tomorrow with a 5 p.m. CST game on 95.1-3 The Zone HD. To learn more about Texas A&M softball, log on to AggieAthletics.com or follow @AggieSoftball on Twitter.