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STEPHENVILLE — After carrying a no-hitter into the fourth inning, the Tarleton TexAnns fell to No. 1 Angelo State in the first of three Lone Star Conference South Division contests this weekend in Stephenville, 6-3.
Starting pitcher Samantha Swanda had a no-hitter through 3 1/3 innings before a single by Angelo State’s Elsamartina Apo put the first hit on the board for the Rambelles. Though no runners would score in that inning, a barrage of runs in the top of the seventh hurt the TexAnns’ bid to knock off the top-ranked ASU in the first game of the series.
Tarleton scored first in the bottom of the fourth when Arianna Rodriguez reached on a single up the middle with one out. A double to right center by Kelsey Latta put runners on second and third before a single to right by Amy Gabbert scored Rodriguez to make it 1-0 Tarleton.
The Rambelles would tie the game in the top of the sixth after Kacie Easley got on thanks to a one-out single. Back-to-back singles loaded the bases before Apo was hit by a pitch to score the tying run.
Then in the top of the seventh, Jasmaine Moore leadoff with a single. With one out, Kaycee Taylor walked before a ground out moved the runners to second and third before Easley had a home run to make it 4-1. DeeShanaLynn Tafiti then got on base with a single before Morgan Spearman hit another homerun to stretch the lead to 6-1.
The TexAnns did not give up, however.
In the bottom of the seventh frame, Victoria Kelly singled to left to open the inning before Rebecca Wessels walked. Abigail Tammen singled to short to load the bases with no outs. Swanda singled to score Kelly, but a play on Wessels at third got the runner out. Eryn Freitas came in to pinch run for Swanda, and both runners stole the next base. Katie Welborn flew out before Rodriguez singled to score Tammen, but Frietas was thrown out catcher to third base and the rally came up just a bit short.
Swanda pitched the first 6.2 innings and despite the no-hitter into the fourth, she allowed six runs on eight hits with seven walks and five strikeouts. Katie Smith came on in relief in the seventh and got the final ASU out.
Clarissa Molina pitched 6.0 innings for the Rambelles and allowed one run on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts while Jessica Newsome pitched one inning and allowed two runs on four hits with a walk.
The teams met again in a Saturday doubleheader. Visit tarletonsports.com for full coverage.