WICHITA FALLS – In their only game of day two at the newly-designed Lone Star Conference Softball Showcase, a three-run second inning proved too much to overcome for the Tarleton State TexAnns as they fell 4-1 to Texas A&M-Kingsville Friday.
The big inning came through after back-to-back Tarleton errors extended the second inning after Brenna Hennan sat down the first two batters on quick groundouts.
With two away in the second, a single and a pair of Tarleton miscues – including an overthrow of first base that allowed two runs to come across – followed by an RBI single up the middle to put the Javelinas up 3-0.
Hennan bounced back to shut down the Javelinas in the third before being replaced after three innings of work. She was replaced in the top of the fourth inning by Randi Fentress.
Meanwhile the TexAnn offense could get nothing going over the first six frames - outside of a one-out single by Amber Clifford in the second and a lead-off walk by Kelsey Latta in the sixth.
The Javelinas tacked on their final run of the game in the top of the fifth with a lead-off home run to left field to make it 4-0. Fentress bounced right back to get three of the next four hitters to keep the damage at a minimum.
Tarleton finally got some offense going in the seventh when Kendra Mendoza led off the inning with a double and was followed up with a Taylor Wells walk and a Clifford single to load the bases with no one out.
After a strikeout and an infield pop up, Rachel Brownlow coaxed a two-out, bases-loaded walk to bring the first run of the game across for Tarleton before the game ended on a foul out to first.
There were only three hits on the day from Tarleton with Clifford recording two of them on a 2-3 night while Mendoza accounted for the third with the double to lead off the seventh. Miranda West, who ran for Mendoza, scored the only run on the Brownlow RBI walk.
Hennan took the loss and fell to 5-7 on the season after allowing three runs – two earned – on three hits and two walks while Fentress pitched the final four innings allowing one run on two hits and two walks. Fentress also had the only strikeout of the game.