Alabama 6, Texas A&M
Alabama 6, Texas A&M 5May 28, 2005
COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The No. 5 Texas A&M softball team scored three runs in the seventh but left the bases loaded as they fell, 6-5, to No.8 Alabama (62-13) in front of 1,204 fans in the College Station Super Regional. The Crimson Tide advanced to their third World Series while the Big 12 Conference Champion Aggies finished the season at 47-10.
This is a tough way to go out, commented A&M head coach Jo Evans. As a whole we had a great season but we finished short of our next goal, the College World Series. I have to give Alabama a lot of credit for coming in and earning two wins in a tough atmosphere. They did what they had to do to win and we made some mistakes that ended up hurting us in the end.
The Aggies 2005 campaign consisted of a FAU Parents Weekend Tourney title, a Big 12 Regular Season title, five first-team All-Big 12 selections, two second-team All-Big 12 selections, three NFCA All-Region selections, awards for Big 12 Coach, Player and Freshman of the Year and a NCAA Regional Championship and Super Regional appearance.
Seniors Jana James (Mesquite, Texas) and Adrian Gregory (Livingston, Texas) were named co-State Farm Players of the Game with each player going 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.
In the circle, Amanda Scarborough (Magnolia, Texas) returned to the circle and pitched a complete game giving up only three earned runs but took the loss and fell to 26-2 on the season.
For the second day in a row, Alabama jumped out to an early lead scoring two in the first, one earned, before the Aggies answered in the top of the second with a Lindsay Park (Arcadia, Calif.) infield single that scored Rocky Spencer (Katy, Texas) from second before Jamie Hinshaw (Missouri City, Texas) drew a bases loaded walk plating Gregory.
Down 6-2 in the top of the seventh, James hit a single up the middle scoring Hinshaw from second and was followed by a Megan Gibson (Spring, Texas) walk and a Scarborough ground out moving James and Gibson into scoring position with two outs. Spencer then made it 6-4 with an infield single that plated James and moved Gibson to third. Gregory followed Spencer with a single up the middle scoring Gibson and moving Spencer to third. After designated player Nicole Robinson (Kingwood, Texas) drew a walk to load the bases, the Aggie rally fell short as Joy Davis (Austin, Texas) grounded to third to end the game.
-- Courtesy Texas A&M