Texas A&M downed by Missouri in series finale

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – Texas A&M Softball suffered a 4-0 loss at Missouri in the series finale Saturday at Missouri Softball Stadium.

The Tigers (27-18, 10-8 SEC) took a 3-0 lead in the first taking advantage of an error in right field and a two-run homer from Kim Wert. Missouri added to its lead in the fifth as Regan Nash, who reached on a dropped third strike, scored on a Jazmyn Rollin single to center.

Texas A&M (25-21, 3-15 SEC) outhit Missouri, 6-4, and was led offensively by Riley Sartain as the senior went 1-for-1 with two walks and Kayla Garcia, who went 2-for-3.

The Aggies were ultimately doomed by 10 runners left on base, including three in the second inning when the Maroon & White loaded the bases with two outs, but couldn't push a run across.

Kendall Potts was saddled with the loss as the junior allowed three runs on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Payton McBride threw two innings of relief and gave up a run and a hit with two strikeouts.

KEY INNINGS

B1 | Missouri scored three runs in the first frame on an error in right field and a two-run homer to right from Kim Wert. MU 3, A&M 0

B5 | Regan Nash reached on a wild pitch after striking out with two outs and later scored on a Jazmyn Rollin single to center. MU 4, A&M 0

Top Offensive Players:

Riley Sartain | 1-for-1, 2 BB

Kayla Garcia | 2-for-3

Pitching Breakdown:

Kendall Potts (10-10) – L, 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 2 SO

Payton McBride – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 SO

WHAT THEY SAID

Head Coach Jo Evans

On the missed opportunities offensively…

“To me, I thought the difference in the game, and all weekend, was that Missouri did a great job with timely hitting. We had runners in scoring position and runners on base and couldn’t get timely hitting. That is the name of the game.”

On Kayla Garcia’s performance…

“I think she is doing a great job. There are few games where she doesn’t get on base. That is what you want. We moved her into the No. 2 hole, and she has found a way to get herself on base. She has managed that situation really well and was on base a bunch this weekend.”

ON DECK

The Aggies begin their last homestand of the season with a doubleheader Wednesday against Incarnate Word. Game one is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.