STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton softball couldn't overcome a big third inning by No. 1 Angelo State in a 9-2 loss to the Rambelles on Saturday. The TexAnns, however, took two out of the three games in the series, the first series win over a No. 1-ranked team in school history.
The two teams traded scoreless innings through the first two innings of the game before Angelo State posted five runs on four hits in the third.
Tarleton responded with its first hit of the game coming on Marisa Flores' solo home run to lead off the bottom of the third.
Trailing 5-1, the TexAnns got four straight singles from Nyka Wood, Savannah Stech, Megan Durante and Kadyn Kirkpatrick in the fourth inning. Kirkpatrick's was with the bases loaded that scored pinch-runner Morgan Ling. A double play on the ensuing at-bat ended the TexAnn scoring threat in the fourth.
Angelo State added a run in the fifth on a solo home run and three runs in the seventh inning, including a two-run home run.
After the four-hit inning, Tarleton managed only one hit in the final three innings. The lone hit came from Avery Mullendor to lead off the seventh. The TexAnns did reach base on three Angelo State walks and a hit by pitch, but left seven runners on base.
Haley Freyman (14-6) started in the circle for Tarleton and went five innings, giving up five earned runs. Jordan Withrow threw the sixth inning and Kayleigh Williams threw a scoreless inning with two strikeouts.
Tarleton will travel to Denton to take on Texas Woman's for a three-game series beginning Friday, April 7 at 6 p.m.