Missouri holds off Texas A&M
Five-run second inning lifts 10th-ranked Tigers past Aggies
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- No. 10 Missouri used a five-run second inning to help edge No. 19 Texas A&M on Saturday. The Tigers evened the three-game series with a 6-5 victory to move to 23-4 on the season and 4-1 in the Big 12.
After not drawing a single walk in Friday’s loss, Missouri’s offense worked ahead in the count in the first inning to draw first blood. Jenna Marston drew a base on balls with one out and came in to score on Kelsea Roth’s second double of the weekend to put the Tigers up 1-0 early.
The Aggies tied the score in the bottom half of the inning on a solo home run by Meaghan May with two outs. Kristin Nottelmann recorded a fly out and a strikeout to start the inning but May’s sixth blast of the year evened the game at 1-1.
In the second, Missouri sent 10 batters to the plate and chased starter Mel Dumezich with five runs on four hits, all coming with two outs in the inning. With a runner aboard, Ashtin Stephens dropped a perfect bunt single in front of the plate, sending Princess Krebs to second. Corrin Genovese followed with a double to the wall in left field, bringing in Krebs.
Marston then lined a hard shot off the glove of the first baseman that deflected into the outfield, scoring both runners to make it 4-1. Roth delivered her second RBI double of the game two batters later, and Fleming scored an unearned run on a passed ball to give the Tigers a 6-1 cushion.
Texas A&M trimmed the lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the third, as Kelsea Orsak hit her second home run of the season to start the frame. The Aggies threatened later in the inning, drawing three consecutive two-out walks, but Nottelmann got out of it by getting Sydney Shannon to ground out to first.
Natalie Villarreal hit Texas A&M’s third home run of the game, a two-run shot to right with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, cutting Missouri’s lead down to two. In the bottom of the sixth, Amber Garza hit a line-drive home run over the wall in right field off pitcher Bailey Erwin to make it 6-5.
The Tigers brought in Chelsea Thomas in the seventh inning to shut the door on Texas A&M with a one-run lead. After recording the first two outs, May lined a single to left field and Dumezich walked to put the tying run in scoring position. However, Thomas got Cassie Tysarczyk to fly out to left to end the game.
Nottelmann got the win to improve to 8-2 on the year, giving up four runs on five hits in four innings. Erwin pitched two innings out of relief, allowing one run on one hit, while Thomas worked one scoreless inning for her first save of the year.
Genovese and Roth picked up two hits apiece to lead the offense, while Roth and Marston plated two RBI each. Marston led the team with two runs.