STEPHENVILLE – In the final home games of the season, Tarleton shutout UT Permian Basin in back-to-back games to complete the sweep on Senior Day and close out the regular season. It was senior day for Megan Rosewell, Marisa Flores, Meghann Wrinkle, Megan Durante, Kaitlyn Thomas, Haley Freyman, and Nyka Wood.
“The girls did a great job of coming out today and staying focused,” said head coach Mark Cumpian. “I know that on Senior Day, there are a lot of distractions and other thoughts but I’m proud of the way they were able to channel their focus and get two wins today.
“This senior class has been a joy to watch since they’ve arrived on campus,” he continued. “All seven of them have brought something unique to this team and I couldn’t be more proud of them. I will miss all of them but, make no mistake about it, we don’t plan to say ‘good-bye’ anytime soon. We have a lot of softball left to play.”
Game 1: No. 15 Tarleton 8, UT Permian Basin 0 (5)
Tarleton came out swinging to the tune of a six-run first inning while Megan Rosewell kept the Falcons off the board in an 8-0 victory to begin the day.
Despite battling through an injury all season, Tarleton’s all-time leader in wins, appearances, and innings pitched got to take the circle one final time in Stephenville as Haley Freyman got the start and recorded the first out of the game before giving way to Megan Rosewell out of the bullpen. Freyman exited the field to hugs from her coaches and teammates.
Rosewell came on and dealt. The senior from Fort Worth, Texas earned her 16th win of the season with 4.2 innings of work, allowing six hits and striking out one.
Meanwhile, the Tarleton offense opened the game with a six spot beginning with an RBI single from Megan Durante. Tanna Huie followed Durante’s RBI hit with an RBI double off the left-field wall before Karli Herron ripped a two-run single up the middle for a 4-0 Tarleton lead.
Georgia Capell capped off the inning with a two-RBI bloop single into the center to give Tarleton a 6-0 lead. Tarleton added one more in the second on a home run from Huie and one more in the fourth on an RBI fielder’s choice from Marisa Flores.
Meghann Wrinkle, Durante, Huie, and Herron each had two hits while Capell, Nyka Wood, and Elizabeth Svienty had one hit each in the 11-hit effort. Capell, Huie, and Herron each had two RBI in the game.
Game 2: No. 15 Tarleton 6, UT Permian Basin 0
Megan Rosewell continued her dominance from the pitching circle while Huie and Svienty combined for all six RBI to deliver the TexAnns a 6-0 win in the home finale.
Huie got the scoring started in the second when the junior outfielder teed off for her second home run of the day to put the TexAnns on the board at 1-0. That lead carried into the fourth when Svienty ripped a two-RBI single off the third-base bag to put Tarleton on top 3-0 after four.
An inning later, Huie put the game out of reach with her third home run of the day – a three-run blast to straight-away centerfield for a 6-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Rosewell was working on a three-hit shutout with four strikeouts to secure her 17th win of the season.
Wood, Huie, and Lexi Grimaldo had three hits each while Durante, Svienty, and Kaitlyn Thomas had one hit each.
Lone Star Conference Tournament
The field for the Lone Star Conference Championship Tournament has been finalized and Tarleton will be the No. 4 seed at next weekend’s tournament in San Angelo.
Tarleton will square off with Cameron in the second game of the tournament on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Mayer Field on the campus of Angelo State University. The winner of Tarleton and Cameron will square off against Angelo State at 6:30 p.m. in the tournament semifinals.
The TexAnns have a record of 46-8 and are currently ranked No. 4 in the South Central region and No. 15 in the nation, according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. A complete radio broadcast of every postseason game will be heard on 90.5 FM in Stephenville or online at TarletonSports.com/ListenLive.