TexAnns take two from No. 6 ASU

TSU Athletics

Tarleton State exploded for 20 runs in two games Friday night en route to a road doubleheader sweep of No. 6 Angelo State at Mayer Field.

"Our battery staff of Nyka (Wood), Haley (Freyman) and Brenna (Hennan) did an outstanding job of keeping a very potent offense off balance tonight," said head coach Julie Mata. "Our girls came out focused and determined and I can't say enough about how proud I am of this team and how great it is to be a part of it.

"But at the same time, Angelo State is the No. 6-ranked team in the nation for a reason," she continued. "And we're going to have to come out tomorrow with the same kind of fight and determination we had today."

This marks the third time in school history and the second time on the road in school history that the TexAnns have swept a doubleheader from Angelo State - the first time since 2004 and the first time in San Angelo since 2003.

Game 1: Tarleton 13, Angelo State 7

The reigning Lone Star Conference Hitter of the Week, Katelyn Conlee, sparked the TexAnn offense with a 4-RBI performance to lift Tarleton to a 13-7 win in the series opener.

After Angelo State scored first with one in the bottom of the opening frame, Taylor Fitzgerald answered right back in the top of the second with a double to the left center gap to plate Rebekah Allen, who singled through the right side with two outs, and even things up at 1-1.

Haley Freyman danced out of trouble in the second to set up a go-ahead top of the third from the TexAnn offense, which started with a leadoff single from Kaitlyn Thomas.

The Thomas single was the first of three straight base runners to reach leading off the third before Conlee delivered with a 2-RBI single to center field. After a sacrifice bunt moved two runners into scoring position, Wood drove home the third run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to right field for a 4-1 Tarleton lead.

Angelo State struck right back, however, as the Rambelles took advantage of an inning-opening error and plated six runs on five hits and the Tarleton miscue to take the lead right back at 7-4.

The TexAnns would not turn back, beginning right away when Fitzgerald led off the inning with another double to left center. She came in to score immediately after when Delaney Wayland laced an RBI single into left field. Melody Mayse added an RBI single later in the inning to plate Wayland and make it 7-6 heading into the bottom of the fourth.

Angelo led off the inning once again by reaching on an error, but Freyman worked her way out of the jame with three straight groundball outs.

With one out and two on the top of the fifth, the TexAnns added two more to retake the lead 8-7 on an RBI infield single by Mikayla Stogsdill and a sacrifice fly from Shelby Hedrick. Meanwhile, Freyman continued to keep the Rambelle offense in check with goose eggs over the final four innings.

For the sake of insurance, Tarleton tacked on a five spot in the top of the seventh with RBI singles from Fitzgerald, Mayse and Stech and a 2-RBI double from Conlee to bring the scoring to its final stop.

Fitzgerald recorded her first career 3-hit performance at Tarleton, going 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs while Allen, Mayse, Stech and Conlee each had two-hit efforts in the win. Wood, Wayland, Stogsdill and Thomas added one hit each to round out the 15-hit explosion for the TexAnns.

Freyman earned her 14th win of the season by tossing a complete game, over which she allowed seven runs - only four earned - on 10 hits and four walks with one strikeout.

Game 2: Tarleton 7, Angelo State 3

In the nightcap, Tarleton State got six stellar innings of work from Brenna Hennan in the pitcher's circle while a pair of three-run innings boosted the TexAnn offense to the sweep.

Tarleton got the scoring started right away with an RBI single from Fitzgerald for the first run of the game. The scoring didn't stop there, however, as Wood and Allen followed up with RBI singles of their own in the first inning to put the TexAnns on top 3-0 right away.

Meanwhile, Hennan was locked in, posting blanks over the first four frames.

The offense came to life again in the fourth with a two-out rally that was ignited with an 2-RBI single up the middle from Stech and capped off two batters later on an RBI single from Conlee back up the middle to put Tarleton up 6-0 after three and half.

Angelo Started to inch back with a run in the fifth and two in the sixth to cut the TexAnn lead to 6-3, but Tarleton tacked on an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI fielder's choice from Erika Menchaca for the final run of the night. Freyman came in for Hennan in the seventh and tossed a perfect frame to close things out with a Tarleton win.

Conlee went 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBI - her fifth of the twin bill - to lead the way offensively, while Wood added a 2-3 effort at the dish with an RBI of her own. Stech, Fitzgerald, Allen and Menchaca added one hit each to round out the rest of Tarleton's nine hits.

Hennan earned her second win of the season with six innings of work, over which she allowed three runs - only two earned - on seven hits and no walks while striking out a pair. Freyman worked a flawless seventh with one strikeout to wrap things up.