Texas A&M, Poynter blank UT Arlington, 1-0

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M Softball defeated UT Arlington, 1-0, in a pitcher's duel Wednesday evening at Davis Diamond.

Kayla Poynter tossed the first complete-game shutout of her career, allowing just three hits and a walk while fanning one. The sophomore retired 10 of the last 11 batters she faced.

UTA’s pitcher, Randi Phillips, kept the Aggies (15-6) at bay for most of the game but one run proved to be all Texas A&M needed to take down the Mavericks. The lone run came in the fourth on a Blake-Ann Fritsch RBI to plate Taudrea Sinnie.

Kelbi Fortenberry, Haley Lee and Fritsch each recorded a hit while Payton McBride led the offense with two. Fortenberry reached base twice, extending her on-base streak to 13 and hitting streak to 11.

KEY INNINGS

B4| Payton McBride led off with a single up the middle. Taudrea Sinnie, who pinch ran for McBride, stole second before touching home on a Blake-Ann Fritsch RBI single through the right side. A&M 1, UTA 0

Top Offensive Players:

Payton McBride| 2-for-3

Pitching Breakdown:

Kayla Poynter (3-2) – W, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB

WHAT THEY SAID

Head Coach Jo Evans

On tonight’s game…

“When you can pitch and play defense, you have a chance to win a lot of games. I thought that our defense was very, very good. Then with pitching, Kayla Poynter just picked up right where she left off. That was what I really wanted to see out of her today. We saw a really nice performance out of her against Longwood last weekend, and we needed to see her come out and back that up and be consistent. The great thing about her is when they get a baserunner on, she’s able to throw a ground ball and we do a good job of turning double plays and get ourselves off the field.”

Pitcher Kayla Poynter

On what was working for her tonight…

“I feel like everything was working. I just went out there, threw strikes, and let my defense work. The defense backed me up tonight.”

ON DECK

The Aggies return to action Friday at 6 p.m. as they open SEC play against No. 10 LSU at Davis Diamond.