STEPHENVILLE - With the help of a five-run sixth inning in the opening game of the series, Haley Freyman pitched Tarleton to a split with the No. 22 Cameron Aggies on the first day's doubleheader at the Tarleton Softball Complex Friday.
"Haley (Freyman) pitched a great game in game one," said head coach Julie Mata. "We need to come out tomorrow and focus on the next 200 feet."
Game 1: Tarleton 6, No. 22 Cameron 1
With the season winding down and every game a critical one for Tarleton, the TexAnns took a big first step toward qualifying for the postseason by knocking off the nation's No. 22-ranked Cameron Aggies 6-1 to open a four-game series in Stephenville Friday.
The teams were locked in a pitcher's duel through the first six innings with each team boasting just one run to their credit over the first five innings. Tarleton scored first when Rebeka Allen worked a leadoff walk and ultimately scored on an illegal pitch two batters later. Cameron responded with one in the fourth to even things up.
For the Aggies, that solo run was all they would get off Tarleton starter Haley Freyman - who earned her 18th pitching win of the season and the 41st of her two-year Tarleton career. The sophomore right-hander was superb in her complete game win, allowing just one run on seven hits while striking out seven and not walking a batter.
Freyman's offense came to her rescue in the bottom of the sixth by putting up a five spot off Cameron's top pitcher. Katelyn Conlee got things started with a single and then moved to third with one out after a ground out and an Aggie error.
Then the hits came early and often.
Savannah Stech put Tarleton on top 2-1 with an RBI single into right. After a groundout gave Tarleton its second out of the inning, Allen ripped an RBI single up the middle to plate Stech for a 3-1 lead. After that, Alyssa Ringhausen stepped off the bench and laced a pinch-hit single into left field before Melody Mayse blasted a two-run triple off the left-center field wall to plate a pair. Lauren Powers capped off the surge with an RBI single to bring home Mayse for the final run of the game.
Freyman allowed a leadoff single in the seventh, but an out on a fielder's choice and a game-ending double play delivered a win for Tarleton.
Allen and Conlee had two hits each for Tarleton in the opening game while Mayse, Powers, Stech, and Ringhausen had one hit each in Tarleton's eight-hit attack.
Game 2: No. 22 Cameron 4, Tarleton 0
In the nightcap, Tarleton suffered a shutout and settled for a split on day one.
Tarleton's offense managed just three hits - doubles from Nyka Wood and Katelyn Conlee and a single up the middle by Alyssa Ringhausen - while the Aggies scored one in the fourth, one in the sixth, and two in the seventh to win 4-0.
The TexAnns got four innings of work from Ringhausen in the circle, as she allowed one run on three hits and struck out three.Shelby Hedrick took the loss with three innings of relief work, over which she allowed three runs on three hits.
Tarleton will return to action Saturday in Stephenville against the Aggies. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. and the game will be streamed live and can be heard at TarletonSports.com/ListenLive as well as over the radio waves on 90.5 FM in Stephenville on the Tarleton Sports Network.