Aggie Softball Splits Four Game SeriesBy Laura Nelson on 02/06/2013 Hobbs, N.M.—OPSU's softball team opened their 2013 campaign playing the University of the Southwest Feb. 1-2 and left Hobbs with a 2-2 record.
USW 3, OPSU 2—Even though the Aggies outhit the Mustangs 9-5 in game one, OPSU had a tough time getting the bats going when they needed them. USW scored two runs in the third off OPSU pitcher Samantha Arledge, and the Aggies didn't get on the board until the sixth inning when Julie Cross singled, advanced to second on an error, and then made it home off a Kaitlin McCool single. The Mustangs scored again in the sixth, this time off reliever Talena Tippett. The Aggies loaded the bases in the seventh, but only managed to get one run, again from Cross. She went 2-3 at the plate and McCool and Arledge had one RBI each. Tippett was given the loss.
USW 2, OPSU 1—With two outs in the first inning and no runners, Brandi Heath tripled and then scored on a wild pitch. Both pitchers went to work and over the next four innings allowed only four hits between them. In the fifth, the Mustangs picked up the tying run, and then got go ahead run in the sixth. Losing pitcher Brittany Scruggs threw a complete game, striking out one and giving up four hits and two runs.
OPSU 5, USW 0—The Aggie bats started working in the very first inning of game three as Cross hit a leadoff single, stole second, and advanced to third off a Brandi Heath sacrifice. McCool had walked, and with runners at second and third, Emily Vasquez hit a one-out double to collect two RBIs. Cross took a base on balls in inning three, then stole second and third. McCool singled to get Cross home. A'lex Koonce started the game on the mound, but after walking three, Samantha Arledge took over and kept a no hitter going through the end of the game. Arledge took the win, striking out seven.
OPSU 12, USW 5—A big second inning and an even bigger third gave the Aggies a 10-run advantage going into the bottom of the third. In the second, Kari Pitts doubled to send Ashlock home, McCool hit a single that sent Pitts in to score, and then a Heath single scored McCool and Krista Bomak. With two outs in the third, a single from Cross scored Junna'e Dai'Re and then McCool smacked an in-park home run with the bases loaded. Heath followed that up with a single and a stolen base and then scored following an error. The Mustangs tried to catch up, scoring three runs in the bottom of third and two in the fourth, but the Aggies put the game away with two more runs in the fifth and final inning. Winning pitcher Brittany Scruggs scattered seven hits and struck out two over three and a third innings and Arledge gave up one hit and struck out one.
The team travels to Stephenville, Texas to play four games in the Tarleton State Invitational Feb. 9-10. Live stats will be available on the TexAnns softball page at www.tarletonsports.com.