Aggies overpower Bethune-Cookman
Aggie softball kicks off NCAA regional with an 11-0 win
Published: Friday, May 18, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 20:07
The Texas A&M Aggie Softball Complex turned into a launch pad as the No. 13 Aggies overwhelmed the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 11-0 on Friday.
“Obviously I am very pleased with the way our team came out today, really prepared,” A&M head coach Jo Evans said. “Our hitters I thought just had great discipline, which was the big difference today. They were hitting the mistakes and hitting with a lot of confidence.”
Starting pitcher Lindsey Sisk started the game with a perfect first inning setting up the table for the offense to get rolling.
A&M took off as Brittany Walker got on with an infield single allowing catcher Meagan May, second on the team coming in with 11 home runs, to have a chance to do damage. With a single swing of the bat, the crowd stood in amazement as the ball kept going over the center field wall giving the Aggies a 2-0 lead. A&M’s leader in home runs wouldn’t be left behind as Mel Dumezich hit her 18th for the season making the lead 3-0 at the end of the first inning.
The offensive fireworks however for A&M were far from over.
After Sisk put up another zero on the scoreboard, the Aggie offense picked up where it left off when Nicole Morgan launched a home run over the center field wall. With the bases loaded, May drew a walk to score yet another run for the Aggies. By the end of the inning, the Aggies had double their score to 6-0.
A&M’s Amber Garza led off the bottom of the third inning with a shot to right center field giving her seven for the season. May then put an exclamation mark with another two-run home run making the score 11-0 in favor of the Aggies.
May finished the night 2-2 with two home runs, five RBIs with a walk.
The Aggies hit five home runs, extending their streak of 14 consecutive games with a home run. Out of those 14, all but three involved multiple home runs.
Going under the radar was Sisk’s performance as she went five innings for the Aggies allowing only three hits while striking out two batters with no walks.
"[Sisk] had a lot of great break on her ball today," May said. "It had a nice late break on everything. Her screwball was staying down in the zone, which was perfect.”
With the win, the Aggies move into the winner’s bracket where they will face off against future SEC foe, the LSU Tigers, who defeated Texas State in a pitcher’s duel 1-0.
“They have a deep pitching staff,” Evans said when asked about the upcoming match. “We expect it to be a dogfight out there.”
The crowd will be getting a preview of what is soon to become a great rivalry between the LSU Tigers and the Texas A&M Aggies. Both teams have stellar pitching, but with the Aggies high octane offense firing on all cylinders, tomorrow’s matchup will be the appetizer as the Aggies join the SEC next season.
“I feel great about our offense every day,” Coach Evans said about facing the LSU pitching staff. “I love the way we approach our at bats, and how we hit throughout the lineup. Obviously, every game is not going to be easy, and their pitching is going to be challenging for us. But, we have patience about us, that even if it takes us a few innings we will figure it out. We have the ability to hit in the bottom of the order.”
The Aggies and Tigers will take the field at the Aggie Softball Complex at 1 p.m. with Texas State facing off against Bethune-Cookman after the first game. The games can be seen on ESPN 3 and heard on Sports Radio 1150 AM.