Aggies Fall in Series Opener Against No. 4 Alabama

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COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M Softball dropped the series opener against No. 4 Alabama, 13-3, in six innings Friday evening at Davis Diamond.

Alabama (32-0, 4-0 SEC) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first before adding two in the second, one in the third and two in the fifth.

The Maroon & White (17-12, 1-6 SEC) plated a run in three of the six frames but the Crimson Tides put up a five-spot in the sixth inning to secure the victory.

Texas A&M’s offense was led by Dani Elder, who accounted for two of the Aggies’ six hits and belted the first home run of her career. Kelbi Fortenberry also recorded two hits while Blake-Ann Fritsch and Kayla Garcia each had one.

Kayla Poynter was saddled with the loss after giving up five hits, six runs and three walks in 2.1 innings. Hannah Mayo threw 3.2 innings in relief, allowing seven hits, seven runs and five walks.

Montana Fouts earned the win after throwing five innings, giving up three hits, two runs four walks and striking out 10. Courtney Gettins threw one inning and allowed three hits and a run.

KEY INNINGS

T1| Kaylee Tow earned a walk and KB Sides singled to shortstop before Bailey Hemphill homered to center to give the Crimson Tide an early 3-0 lead in the first. ALA 3, A&M 0

T2| Skylar Wallace was hit by a pitch followed by an infield single from Elissa Brown. Tow delivered a single to right, plating Wallace and Brown. ALA 5, A&M 0

T3| Claire Jenkins blasted a solo shot over the left field wall. ALA 6, A&M 0

B4| Baylee Klingler received four straight balls to land on first, Dani Elder singled through the left side and Kelly Martinez earned a walk to load the bases. Payton McBride delivered an RBI groundout, plating Madi Jatzlau, who pinch ran for Klingler. ALA 6, A&M 1

T5| Merris Schroder led off the inning with a solo homer to right. Maddie Morgan tripled before a Wallace sacrifice fly allowed her to touch home. ALA 8, A&M 1

B5| To start the bottom of the fifth, Kelbi Fortenberry singled up the middle followed by a double from Blake-Ann Fritsch to add another run for the Aggies. ALA 8, A&M 2

T6| The bases were loaded in the sixth for Alabama as Hemphill and Schroder each walked and Reagan Dykes singled through the left side. Morgan singled to right plating Kloyee Anderson, who pinch ran for Hemphill, and Schroder. A Wallace three-run homer plated Dykes and Morgan to conclude scoring for the Crimson Tide. ALA 13, A&M 2

B6| Elder blasted a solo shot over the left field wall, the first home run of her career. ALA 13, A&M 3

Top Offensive Players:

Dani Elder| 2-for-3, HR, RBI

Kelbi Fortenberry| 2-for-4, R

Blake-Ann Fritsch| 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Pitching Breakdown:

Kayla Poynter (3-5) – L, 2.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 3 K, 3 BB

Hannah Mayo – 3.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 0 K, 5 BB

WHAT THEY SAID

Head Coach Jo Evans

On the teams performance…

“We need our pitchers to hold hitters at bay and give us a chance to make some defensive plays. We got ourselves in a hole quickly today. Offensively, we need to do a better job controlling the strike zone. I felt our discipline at the plate was lacking. I want us to be more strong minded in how we play the game. I want us to manage our failures to come back and make adjustments for our next at-bats. To see Kelbi (Fortenberry) and Blake-Ann (Fritsch) have some quality at bats as the game went on was good to see. Seeing Kayla Garcia get her opportunities with a walk and hit there at the end was good.”

On Dani Elder’s performance…

“I was pleased to see Dani get up there and swing the bat the way she did. She’s swinging the bat well. She did a nice job at Auburn when she got her opportunities and came back tonight to do the same thing. Hitting your first career home run is a big deal and the way she competed at the plate was impressive.”

Sophomore C Dani Elder

On her home run…

“I was doing whatever I could for my team. I was looking to put the ball in play to give ourselves a chance to come back and score some runs.”

On the team’s offensive performance…

“We got out of ourselves and didn’t get the chance to regroup to make the adjustments. I think tomorrow is going to be a different game.”

ON DECK

The Aggies return to action Saturday in game two against the Crimson Tide at 2 p.m. at Davis Diamond.

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