Aggies Fall in Extra-Inning Affair

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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M Softball fell in eight innings, 3-0, against No. 18 Arkansas on Sunday’s Senior Night at Davis Diamond.

The game’s only runs came on a two-out, three-run home run from Arkansas’ Katie Warrick in the top of the eighth.

Payton McBride was saddled with the loss to move to 8-5 on the year. The junior tossed 8.0 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out a career-high nine batters.

Kelbi Fortenberry paced the Aggies at the plate, batting 2-for-4 for her 14th multi-hit game of the season.

The Texas A&M offense was held in check by Arkansas’ Mary Haff, who threw a three-hit complete game.


T8 | Hannah McEwen landed on first after being hit by a pitch and Danielle Gibson singled up the middle. A Katie Warrick homer down the left field line gave the Razorbacks a three-run lead. ARK 3, A&M 0

Top Offensive Players:

Kelbi Fortenberry | 2-for-4

Payton McBride | 1-for-3

Pitching Breakdown:

Payton McBride (8-5) – L, 8.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9 K


Head Coach Jo Evans

On what was working for Payton McBride…

“She was great. She was throwing three different speeds and just had command of the strike zone. I think the only mistake she made all night was that home run. We have got to be able to score a run in seven innings and get her a win. I thought she was great on the mound. She just had tremendous presence and made big pitches when she needed to make big pitches. I know she’s really disappointed, but that kid shouldn’t hang her head. She threw a great game.”

On how she felt about her offense on the night…

“[Mary Haff] has good numbers. She’s a good pitcher, so we shouldn’t take anything away from her. But we didn’t do a great job in commanding the strike zone. I thought we could have had better discipline at the plate. Understanding what she is going to throw for a strike and then what she is going to try to get you to chase. I didn’t think we did a good job with that. We didn’t show good patience and discipline in that sense. So we put ourselves in a hole, but it’s disappointing. We weren’t perfect on the night, but it was a night where we still made plays and got ourselves out of jams. We haven’t always done that. But offensively, we’ve got to do a better job.”

Junior Pitcher Payton McBride

On what worked for her tonight...

“I just told myself to give it my all every single inning. I told myself to give everything I had that was left in the tank, inning by inning and then just come out the next inning and do the exact same thing. I trusted my pitches more tonight, knowing that I’ve done the work up until this point and that my pitches were as good as they’re going to get. I just went out there and did what I knew how to do."


The Aggies close out the series against No. 18 Arkansas Monday at 6 p.m. The game can be seen on SEC Network.


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