Bearkat softball drops season opener to Texas A&M
Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014 01:02
It was a homerun derby at the Bearkat Softball complex Wednesday Evening.
Unfortunately for Sam Houston State, Texas A&M was leading the boards.
SHSU fell to Texas A&M 8-3 in the Bearkats’ first game of the season. Pitcher Shelby Lancaster took the loss against the Aggies’ Rachel Fox.
Fox, already 1-0 on the season, threw an impressive performance of two-hit softball until the bottom of the ninth.
Lancaster on the other hand pitched two solid innings before succumbing to the A&M offense, giving up 7 earned runs on 11 hits. However, Lancaster did pitch all seven innings and fanned four Aggies.
Aggie catcher Nicole Morgan, coming into the game with an impressive .500 batting average and team leading four homeruns, batted 2-3 with an early three-run homerun that set the tone of the game and gave the Aggies the momentum.
A&M’s middle infielders Taran Tyler and April Ryan also had a two-run and solo homerun respectively for the Aggies putting the score at 7-0 going into the final inning. The Aggies would later add another run in the top of the seventh.
The Bearkats were able to score three runs off a combination of walks and RBIs from centerfielder Tayler Gray, first baseman Angelica Gonzales and third baseman Alyssa Gregg, but the late rally wouldn’t be enough to top A&M, falling 8-3 to the Aggies.
Coach Bob Brock had a positive outlook on the game even though his team dropped the season opener.
“You know, I have nothing negative to say about that game,” Brock said. “I liked our effort out there on the field and that’s something we’re going to move forward with.”
While losing isn’t an ideal start for a team’s season, Brock’s high expectations for the season have not faltered.
“I think we have a chance to do some really good things, a good returning team, and also a chance to advance in NCAA tournament,” Brock said.
The Bearkats return to the diamond this weekend in the Houston Tournament, Feb. 14 – Feb. 16.
SHSU will take on rival Stephen F. Austin first, Friday at 9 a.m.