LAREDO – After suffering a setback in the opening game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, No. 18 Tarleton rebounded in the second game to get back in the win column and inch closer to the second 40-win season in school history.
“Laredo is a tough place to play and we just came out flat in game one and, credit to them, they took advantage of it,” said head coach Mark Cumpian. “I liked the way we got after it in game two. We just need to continue to get better about being ready to go from the get-go.”
Georgia Capell led the game off with a home run, but a four-run second from the Dustdevils would prove to be the difference in Tarleton’s first loss in seven games
After Capell put Tarleton on the board right away, Tarleton didn’t get another hit until the sixth when Elizabeth Svientyand Maddie Quintanar led off the inning with a double and a single, respectively. The TexAnns couldn’t push either of them across, however, as a pop-up, strikeout, and a grounder ended the threat.
Meanwhile, the Dustdevils scored four runs on five hits in the second inning against Jordan Withrow but didn’t do anything else as the TexAnn sophomore settled in. Despite taking the loss, Withrow struck out three – the first of which gave her 200 on the season to make her the first TexAnn in program history with over 200 strikeouts in a season.
Game 2: No. 18 Tarleton 6, Texas A&M International 0
Tarleton got its revenge on the Dustdevils by pounding out 16 hits to back Megan Rosewell’s fourth complete-game shutout of the season to earn the split.
The TexAnns scored first with an RBI single up the middle from Maddie Quintanar in the second to bring home Tanna Huie, who led off the inning with a single. That score held up until the fifth when the TexAnns broke things open with a three spot.
Tarleton got RBI singles from Karli Herron and Lexi Grimaldo before Svienty coaxed a bases-loaded walk to extend the lead out to 4-0. The TexAnns tacked on one more in the fifth on an RBI single from Nyka Wood and another in the sixth on an RBI double by Capell.
Meanwhile, Rosewell was dealing from the circle. She had only one inning where multiple runners reached base and allowed just five hits and a walk while striking out five to earn her 12th win of the season.
Wood paced the offense with a three-hit day while Meghann Wrinkle, Megan Durante, Huie, Grimaldo, and Quintanar had two hits each. Capell, Herron, and Kaitlyn Thomas had one hit each to round out the offense.
Tarleton will return to action next Tuesday with a doubleheader in Stephenville against St. Edward’s. Check out these photos by David Swearingen from the recent TexAnn action against Eastern New Mexico.