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Tarleton Sports Information
The Tarleton TexAnn softball team downed the No. 1 Angelo State Rambelles Friday 12-6 in their Lone Star Conference South Division matchup in Stephenville.
The TexAnns (15-7, 2-2) scored first in the bottom of the opening frame. Julie Norris singled to second before Victoria Kelly singled to put runners on first and third. Tamra Bradley reached on an error to load the bases before Brittnee Rice nailed a grand slam to give the TexAnns a 4-0 lead.
Angelo State (21-3, 0-1) tied the game in the top of the third at four runs apiece on three hits and one error.
The TexAnns wasted no time getting a hold of the lead in the bottom of the second. With one out, Dorian Nunley walked before Norris singled to left and moved pinch runner Elyse Tatum to second. Kelly then reached on a fielder’s choice with Tatum out at third. Bradley reached on an error and Norris scored. Rice then singled through the left side to score Kelly and give Tarleton a 6-4 advantage.
The ‘Belles again tied the game with two runs on three hits in the top of the fourth inning, but in the bottom of the frame, the TexAnns took the lead for good. Norris opened the inning with a walk before being moved to second on a sacrifice ground out. Bradley then singled to right center. Noce walked to load the bases before Norris scored on a passed ball. Tarleton led 7-6.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the TexAnns had their biggest inning of the afternoon. Bradley led off with a single to left center before Rice singled through the left side. With one out, Brittany Terry singled through the left side to score Bradley. Brooke LaRue then singled to right center to score Samantha Canfield who had come in to pinch run for Rice. April Gonzalez then hit a home run to score three runs and give Tarleton the 12-6 victory.
Norris got the win for Tarleton, pitching all seven innings and giving up six runs, only two of which were earned. ASU had 13 hits and struck out five times with no walks. Norris improved to 7-1 this year.
ASU’s Chelsea Nelson pitched the complete game for the ‘Belles and gave up 13 hits and 12 runs, eight earned. She also walked four walks and four strikeouts while dropping to 12-2 on the season.
Note: Angelo and Tarleton played twice more over the weekend with the No. 1 Rambelles winning both, 7-1 and 9-4.