Strong Bats Lead No. 23 Aggies Past Islanders in Non-Conference Doubleheader
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 23 Texas A&M Aggies outhit the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi softball team 27-7 en route to a pair of non-conference wins today at Aggie Softball Complex. The Islanders (13-32) took an early lead in the first game after a three-run homer by Cassie Carroll in the top of the second, but the Aggies (31-17) scored in each of the final four innings to win, 10-3. In the second game, Texas A&M tallied 12 hits en route to a 15-0 victory in five innings.
Carroll went 2-for-4 to lead the Islanders' bats while J.J. Jackson chipped in two hits on the day.
The Islanders will return home to host Sam Houston State in a three-game Southland Conference series starting on Saturday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at Chapman Field.
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GAME 1: No. 23 TEXAS A&M 10, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 3
The Aggies got on board in the bottom of the first with a run on a pair of hits and an Islanders' error. After back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases, Nicole Morgan reached on an Islanders' fielding error to score Emily Albus.
The Islanders pushed ahead in the top of the second to take a 3-1 lead. With one out, Mickayla Cochran got on board with the Islanders' first hit of the game with an infield single. After a fly out, Mackinzee Griebel reached on a walk to bring Cassie Carroll to the plate with two outs. The junior sent a three-run shot over the left center wall for her second homer of the season to put the Islanders ahead, 3-1.
Texas A&M scored a run in the next three innings to take a 4-3 lead. The Aggies trimmed the Islanders' lead to one in the bottom of the second before knotting the game at 3-3 in the third. April Ryan scored in the second on a RBI fielder's choice by Cassie Tysarczyk, before Ryan pushed Amber Garza across on a RBI single to right field in the third.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Aggies pushed ahead after Reagan Boenker hit a RBI double down the left field line to score Tysarczyk, who reached on a single to right field.
After Katie Blanar replaced Liz Carter in the fifth, the Aggies extended their lead to 8-3 after a four-run bottom of the fifth. Ryan reached on a leadoff hit by pitch before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Tysarczyk. Morgan followed suit with a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Albus. Garza then sent a two-run home run over the right field wall to push Brittany Clopton, who reached on an infield single, across home plate.
In the bottom of the sixth, Cali Lanphear hit a single to shortstop, before scoring on a two-run home run by Ryan.
Jackson went 2-for-3 to lead the Islanders' bats while Hayley Galloway, Cochran and Carroll all collected one hit apiece.
Carter (10-16) suffered the loss for the Islanders. The freshman allowed 10 hits and four runs, three of them earned, while walking two and striking out two in four innings. Blanar came in relief and tossed two frames and allowed five hits and six runs.
Katie Marks (13-4) picked up the win for the Aggies. She allowed five hits, and three runs, while walking two and striking out three in seven innings.
GAME 2: No. 23 TEXAS A&M 15, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 0 (5 innings)
The Aggies put together a nine-run bottom of the second on seven hits to take a 9-0 lead. After a leadoff strikeout by Constance Brandenburg, Morgan hit a double to left field before scoring on a RBI single by Jenna Stark. The Aggies followed with a single and a walk before Taran Tyler hit a RBI single to right field to score Stark. After Brandenburg picked up her second punch-out of the inning, Clopton scored Boenker with a RBI single to right field. The Aggies kept the momentum going after Tysarczyk ripped a two-run single through the right side to plate Tyler and Ryan. Garza then reached on a RBI fielder's choice to score Clopton, and Morgan followed with a three-run home run over the left field wall. The Islanders pulled out of the frame after Galloway snagged the pop fly at second.
The Aggies added a trio of runs in the third and fourth frames to pad their lead. In the third, Tysarczyk hit a three-run home run over the right field wall to extend their lead to 12-0. Tysarczyk scored Albus who reached on a single to left field and Clopton, who reached on a walk. Texas A&M then tacked on three runs in the bottom of the fourth after Albus hit a three-run double down the left field line. Blanar relieved Brandenburg in the circle to retire the side.
Dani Tefft and Carroll each chipped in one hit apiece in the loss. Tefft hit a one-out bunt single in the first while Carroll registered her first double of the season in the top of the second with a shot down the left field line with two outs.
Brandenburg (1-12) took the loss for the Islanders. She allowed 12 hits and 15 runs, while walking four and striking out four in 3.1 innings. Blanar faced two batters in the bottom of the fourth.
Abby Donnell (5-3) secured the win for the Aggies after coming in relief for Rachel Fox. She tallied one strikeout and did not allow any hits, walks, or runs in two innings. Fox allowed two hits, and one walk, while picking up three strikeouts in two frames.