STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton finished off the sweep of Texas Woman’s with an 11-0 shutout in game one and followed up with a Megan Durante walk-off in the final game of the series to win 5-4.
“The girls played hard,” said head coach Mark Cumpian. “There are some things we need to continue to get better at, but anytime you can get a sweep of a very good team like Texas Woman’s you will certainly take it. We need to refocus and get ready for Tuesday.”
Game 1: No. 18 Tarleton 11, Texas Woman’s 0 (5)
For the third time in four weeks and the second time in five days, Jordan Withrow flirted with a no-hitter and settled for a complete shutout while three home runs came to her support in an 11-0, five-inning win against Texas Woman’s to secure a series win.
Withrow was in complete control from the get-go as the sophomore right-hander sat down the side in order in the first and then worked around a walk in the second and the third when Nyka Wood cut them down on the base paths. She worked around a two-out walk once again in the fourth.
Texas Woman’s got its only hit of the game to start the fifth, but Withrow got two strikeouts and a foul fly ball to right field to seal it. Her final strikeout of the game, which was the second out of the fifth, gave her 198 K’s on the season to tie her with Carla Geeslin for the most in a single season.
Meanwhile, the offense was firing on all cylinders.
Megan Durante got things started by winning a two-strike, two-out pitch with a vicious two-run home run to deep left field to plate herself and Meghann Wrinkle, who singled to center field with one out.
Tarleton kept things rolling with a seven spot in the second, beginning with a home run by Marisa Flores to lead things off. After an error in right field and a walk, Georgia Capell came up with two on and plated one with an RBI single through the left side for a 4-0 lead. Wrinkle followed things up with a three-run home run and then Flores finished what she started in the inning by lining a two-RBI double off the centerfield wall for a 9-0 Tarleton lead.
Tarleton added one more in each of the next two innings on an RBI double from Wrinkle and an RBI single from Flores. Wrinkle and Flores combined for eight RBI in the game and both finished a triple shy of the cycle in 3-for-3 performances.
Behind the combined six hits and eight RBI from Wrinkle and Flores, Tarleton got a two-hit game from Tanna Huie and one hit each from Capell, Nyka Wood, and Durante.
Game 2: No. 18 Tarleton 5, Texas Woman’s 4
Tarleton trailed the entire game but chipped away over the final four innings and walked off as winners when Megan Durante ripped a two-run single up the middle to give No. 18 Tarleton a 5-4 win and a sweep of Texas Woman’s.
With Tarleton trailing by one in the bottom of the seventh, Georgia Capell and Meghann Wrinkle got a game-winning rally started with two singles that went a combined 10 feet away from home plate. After Nyka Wood sacrificed them both into scoring position, Megan Durante came up with a two-RBI single through the middle – scoring Capell easily and Wrinkle from second as the catcher couldn’t handle the throw from center.
Texas Woman’s jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead with two in the first and one in the second and third, but Tarleton found some offense in the fourth when Capell led the inning off with a double to the left-center gap. After moving the third, Nyka Wood brought her home for Tarleton’s first run with an RBI single into left.
In the fifth, Tarleton continued to peck away at the deficit as Elizabeth Svienty joined in on the home-run fun by teeing off for a solo shot to left field to bring Tarleton back within a pair at 4-2.
Tarleton continued to chip away in the sixth by taking advantage of a Pioneer miscue. With two outs and two on, the Pioneer second baseman couldn’t hang on to a two-out popup and Kaitlyn Thomas came in to score from second to cut the deficit to 4-3 heading into the final frame and setting up Durante’s walk-off single.
Capell, Wood, and Durante led the way with two-hit performances while Wrinkle, Huie, and Svienty had the rest of Tarleton’s nine hits. For Wood, it was her 210th game in a TexAnn uniform – setting a new all-time standard.
Megan Rosewell earned her 11th win of the season with four innings of scoreless relief, over which she allowed just two hits. Jordan Withrow started and went the first three innings. She struck out one, which gives her the Tarleton single-season strikeout record (199). With her next strikeout, she’ll be the first TexAnn ever to strikeout 200 in a season.
Tarleton will hit the road Tuesday for a doubleheader at Texas A&M International.