COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M Softball extended its winning streak to seven games after defeating Texas Southern, 8-1 and 13-2, in a Tuesday night doubleheader at Davis Diamond.
Kayla Poynter recorded her fourth win after limiting the Lady Tigers to three hits in a complete-game effort. The sophomore struck out eight and allowed two walks.
After Texas Southern (9-21) grabbed an early 1-0 lead, the Aggies reeled off eight unanswered runs. Five Aggies recorded multiple hits as Kelbi Fortenberry drove in two runs.
Texas A&M (24-13) set a school record with five sacrifice flies in a game, which was previously set against Monmouth on February 28, 2009.
In the nightcap, the Aggies used two six-run innings to secure their seventh run-rule victory of the season. In the circle, Hannah Mayo tallied her third victory in a four-hit outing. The redshirt freshman struck out two and allowed five walks while scattering five hits.
The Maroon & White were led offensively by Payton McBride, who went a perfect 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. Taudrea Sinnie and Blake-Ann Fritsch each recorded two hits while driving in two runs apiece.
Texas A&M outhit the Lady Tigers, 23-7, on the day as seven Aggies tallied multiple hits.
T1| Texas Southern’s Tevanae Tate earned a walk and touched home on an A’Leecia Bell double to left for the first run of the game. TSU 1, A&M 0
B3| Kayla Garcia doubled to get things started for the Aggies, advanced to third on a Kylie George sacrifice bunt and scored as Kelbi Fortenberry delivered a sacrifice fly. A&M 1, TSU 1
B4| Texas A&M took the lead in the fourth as Baylee Klingler singled up the middle and Payton McBride doubled to left before a Haley Lee sacrifice fly plated Madi Jatzlau, who pinch ran for Klingler. Elder reached base on an infield single as McBride touched home. A&M 3, TSU 1
B5| The Aggies added two runs in the fifth as Blake-Ann Fritsch earned a walk, stole second, advanced to third on an error and scored on a Klingler double in the gap in right. Klingler advanced to third on a McBride single to center before touching home on a Riley Sartain sacrifice fly. A&M 5, TSU 1
B6| Three consecutive singles from Dani Elder, Garcia and Morgan Smith plated another run for the Aggies. Garcia and Morgan Smith advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch before Garcia crossed home on Fortenberry’s second sacrifice fly. Morgan Smith took advantage of another wild pitch to land on third base before her twin sister, Meagan Smith, allowed her to score on a sacrifice fly. A&M 8, TSU 1
B2| McBride homered to right, her third of the season, giving the Aggies a one-run lead. A&M 1, TSU 0
T3| Julia Bilbao doubled to right and Ashlin Moreno earned a walk before both advanced as Sierra Cothern reached base on a fielder’s choice. Paige Jackson singled to right, plating Bilbao. A&M 1, TSU 1
B3| Taudrea Sinnie earned a walk, Fortenberry singled through the left side and both advanced on a passed ball before a Fritsch single to center plated Sinnie. The Aggies added two more runs on a Klingler sacrifice fly and a McBride single through the left side. Sartain recorded a base hit and took advantage of a passed ball to move into scoring position. A Lee sacrifice fly plated Jatzlau, who pinch ran for McBride, and Sartain scored as Gabby Moreno reached base on a fielding error by the Lady Tigers’ defense. Sinnie delivered an RBI-single to allow Moreno to touch home. A&M 7, TSU 1
T4| Danielle Sonnier doubled to right before walks to Emily Villarreal, Bilbao and Moreno plated Ashling Shahan, who pinch ran for Sonnier. A&M 7, TSU 2
B4| The Aggies scored six runs on five hits and one error. The inning was highlighted by RBI singles from McBride, Kelly Martinez and Taudrea Sinnie as well as sacrifice flies from Moreno and Fritsch. A&M 13, TSU 2
Top Offensive Players:
Payton McBride | 5-for-6, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 3R
Kayla Garcia | 3-for-4, 2B, 2R, BB
Blake-Ann Fritsch | 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 SB
Baylee Klingler | 2-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
Kayla Poynter (4-5) – W, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 8 K, 2 BB
Hannah Mayo (3-0) – W, 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 K, 5 BB
WHAT THEY SAID
Head Coach Jo Evans
On Kayla Poynter’s performance in game one…
“She only had two walks so she cut down on her walks today. She went straight at hitters and settled in nicely after the first inning. Overall, she showed good presence on the mound and we needed her to get some innings in to be sharp for this weekend.”
On her team’s offensive performance…
“We’ve needed that. We’ve been struggling a bit to score runs lately so it was nice to see us hit through the lineup. The bottom of our order is doing a nice job. Kayla Garcia has been a spark plug for our team to turn over the lineup. This game was one we needed to come in and take charge early and once we got through the second inning of the first game we were running on all cylinders offensively.”
The Aggies return to action on Friday with a three-game series as they travel to Athens, Ga., to take on the Bulldogs.