May 22, 2010

Courtesy of Texas A & M Athletics

BATON ROUGE, La. - Texas A&M freshman Meagan May hit the game-winning home run in the fourth inning and freshman Melissa Dumezich threw her second shutout of the day to lead the Aggies to a 1-0 victory over No. 12 seed LSU on Saturday evening in the Baton Rouge Regional at Tiger Park.

In front of a purple and gold crowd of 1,445, the 18th-ranked Aggies (44-15) ended the 10th-ranked Tigers (45-16) season and moved into the regional final tomorrow against Louisiana-Lafayette at 1 p.m.

May's 23rd long ball of the year set a new Big 12 record for most home runs in a single season.

After shutting out McNeese State, 2-0, earlier today, Dumezich (19-3) posted her sixth shutout after fanning eight and allowed just three hits.

"I'm really proud of our team," said A&M head coach Jo Evans. "We just showed up and played the game the way we're used to playing it. We needed to come out and take care of business and we did that today. We felt comfortable and didn't press at all. We played with confidence and I'm pleased with the way we handled ourselves with our backs against the wall.

"I want to congratulate LSU on the season that they had. They got a tough draw and I have the utmost respect for them."

In what started as a scoreless battle, LSU scratched out the first hit in the bottom of the third with a harmless single to right center by Allison Falcon.

The first hit by the Aggies, however, was anything but, as May blasted a one-out, solo shot to center to draw first blood and put the Aggies on the scoreboard, 1-0.

"Meagan came up in that situation after having an at-bat and she always makes adjustments and gets better as the game goes on," commented Evans. "She was looking for the pitch she hit and she got all of it."

Senior Bailey Schroeder tried to rally the Aggies for another run as she led off the sixth with a single through the right side, but Rachele Fico and the Tiger defense retired the next three Aggies to leave Schroeder stranded at first.

With two outs in the sixth, LSU tallied a single by Kirsten Shortridge, just its second hit. She moved into scoring position on a stolen base, but Dumezich forced a third-out ground ball to hold on to A&M's one-run lead.

"Mel was in complete control and she had great command of her pitches," Evans said. "She got them (LSU) to chase and didn't make mistakes."

Dumezich allowed just four Tigers on base in the entire game.

Texas A&M will have to defeat the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns twice tomorrow to move onto the super regional. Game times are set for 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. (if necessary).