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Tarleton Sports Information
KINGSVILLE — The Tarleton State softball team swept a Lone Star Conference doubleheader Friday at Texas A&M-Kingsville, 2-1 and 11-5.
The TexAnns won the first game in eight innings before taking the nightcap in regular fashion.
“We really had a great team effort (Friday),” said Tarleton head coach Julie Matta. “Hannah Hancock came in and got a crucial bunt down after Amy Gabbert got on. Then Samantha Swanda hit her in.
“We really hit the ball well in game two,” Mata said. “Brittany Dumas and Katie Welborn had huge hits, and we played solid defense.”
The two teams played a single game Saturday, and results are available online at tarletonsports.com.
A&M-Kingsville 1 (8 inn.)
The TexAnns struck first in the top of the opening frame. Rebecca Wessels singled to leadoff the game before she stole second. Swanda grounded out to move Wessels to third before Adrianna Rodriguez doubled to left center to score the runner and put Tarleton on top, 1-0.
In the bottom of the first, the Javelinas scored one run on two hits to tie the game.
Tarleton grabbed the win in the top of the eighth. With Gabbert on first after a single up the middle, Hancock pinch hit for Victoria Kelly and put down a sacrifice bunt, but she was safe on an error by the first baseman. Kelly returned to run for Hancock and a Wessels walk loaded the bases. Swanda then singled through the left side to score Gabbert and give Tarleton the 2-1 lead.
Swanda allowed just two hits from the second inning through the rest of the contest as she claimed the complete game victory and had 13 strikeouts and seven walks on just four hits.
The Javelinas scored first in game two with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the first inning.
Neither team would see the scoreboard again until the top of the fourth.
Welborn reached on a dropped fly by the right fielder, and Katie Ross came in as a courtesy runner. Gabbert pinch hit for Kelsey Latta and reached on a fielder’s choice bunt that got Ross out at second. With two outs, Kelly walked before Dumas homered to left to score all three and give Tarleton a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, TAMUK tied the score at three when the Javelinas added a run on four hits.
Tarleton didn’t wait long to restore its lead for good.
In the top of the fifth, Wessels had a leadoff single then stole second. Rodriguez grouned out to third before Wessels moved to third on a wild pitch. Swanda singled to score Wessels before Welborn doubled to right center to score Swanda and give the TexAnns a 5-3 advantage.
Wessels doubled to left center to leadoff the top of the seventh before Rodriguez reached on an error by the pitcher on a sacrifice. Swanda doubled down the left field line to score both runners before Welborn homered to make it 9-3 TexAnns. Latta doubled to left before Alexandria Orf did the same to score Latta. Later in the inning, Marcie Rodriguez singled to short to score Orf and give the TexAnns a 11-3 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Javelinas added two runs on three hits, including a two-run homer, but a groundout ended the game with the TexAnns claiming the sweep.
Katie Smith started the game for Tarleton in the circle and threw 3.1 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits while striking out two. Randi Fentress came into the game and pitched the final 3.2 innings and got the victory. She allowed two runs on five hits and had three strikeouts.