No. 16 Angelo State wins pair
Tafiti drills two home runs to lift Belles past Dustdevils
LAREDO, Texas -- Elsamartina Apo went 5-for-6 and raised her batting average to .765, while DeeshanaLynn Tafiti launched two home runs to propel Angelo State to a pair of wins against Texas A&M-International on Tuesday. The No. 16 Rambelles earned a 9-6 victory in Game 1 before cruising to a 6-2 victory in the final game.
“We had great pitching and had a lot of hard-hit balls when we stepped in the box,” Apo said. “Everyone on the team is being selective at the plate, and we all have confidence in one another.”
The Belles (5-2) outhit the Dustdevils 22-10 on the day, with six players recording multiple hits. As a team, ASU hit .355, while the Rambelle pitching staff held TAMIU (3-10) to a .185 average.
“It's always nice to have production up-and-down our lineup and that's what we have right now,” Angelo State head coach Travis Scott said. “When we have good hitting and our pitchers our locating their pitches we can get results.”
Lauren Smith's bat came alive for the Belles in Game 1, as the junior outfielder was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Her first hit as a Rambelle was an RBI single that scored Apo to cap a three-run first inning. Angelo State would take advantage of a pair of TAMIU errors in the third and stretch the lead to 7-1.
The Dustdevils would plate two in the fourth and three in the sixth inning to make it a 9-6 game heading into the bottom of the seventh. Claire Molina came back in to finish the game she started. With the bases loaded and two outs, the senior struck out the final batter to secure a 9-6 victory.
“Claire's throwing the ball really well for us,” Scott said. “She got a big strikeout for us to end the game off a girl that already had two hits, which was a great confidence booster.”
Molina picked up the win and improved to 2-2 on the season. She threw 6.2 innings of work and gave up four hits and had five strikeouts.
Mary Kate McKay was in the circle for Game 2, and the sophomore continued to locate her pitches.
“Mary Kate had great command of her drop ball,” Scott said. “She's in a groove and keeps finding the bottom of the strike zone, which is what we need.”
The lefty would get some run support in the top of the third thanks to Tafiti's second home run of the season. With one run in and Kacie Easley on first, the Kalaheo, Hawaii native launched one over the left-field wall to give ASU a 3-0 lead.
She wasn't finished.
In the top of the fifth, the senior had her second two-run blast of game to make it a 5-2 game in favor of Angelo State. The Rambelles would go on to win 6-2 for its fifth consecutive win.
McKay threw her second consecutive four hit, complete game and improved to 3-0 on the season. She have five strikeouts and no walks in her outing.