Flash Staff Report
(May 2, 2015) — Tarleton State didn’t have long to enjoy its opening-round win in the Lone Star Conference Softball Championship Friday.
After defeating sixth-seeded Texas A&M-Commerce, the third-seeded TexAnns returned to the field to face second-seeded Texas Woman’s in a semifinal, falling 9-1 in five innings.
Three first-inning singles loaded the bases before Melody Mayse scored on a sac fly by Erika Menchaca to give Tarleton the first run.
It was also the TexAnns’ last.
Mayse and Savannah Stech were each 2-for-3 from the plate for Tarleton, accounting for half of the team’s eight hits, but the TexAnns also stranded eight runners in just five innings.
Texas Woman’s, fresh off a first-round bye, ripped off 12 hits and scored four times in the second and fifth innings. The Pioneers ran 20-game winner Haley Freyman off the mound after four innings, and scored three times on Brenna Hennan in the fifth.
Tarleton is officially on the bubble with the NCAA Division II regional fields to be set on Sunday. Winners of three conference tournaments will be joined by five at-large teams in one of two four-team South Central regionals. The winners of the two events will square off in a super regional for a spot in the Elite Eight.