Special to The Flash
SAN ANGELO (May 5, 2017) – Tarleton held a two-run lead heading to the bottom of the seventh, but Texas Woman’s scored three runs with two outs to win 3-2 and eliminate the TexAnns from the Lone Star Conference tournament.
Tarleton falls to 35-20 on the season and awaits its fate for the South Central Regional Tournament. The TexAnns entered the LSC tournament as the No. 7-ranked team in the final regional poll.
Tarleton and Texas Woman’s were in a pitchers’ duel through the first half of the game. Neither team scored until the TexAnns came up to bat in the sixth inning. The TexAnns had runners at first and second after Kaitlyn Thomas reached on a fielder’s choice and Megan Durante singled up the middle. With two outs, Savannah Stech ripped a triple to right center field to score a pair of runs and give Tarleton a 2-0 lead.
After a scoreless bottom half of the sixth for Tarleton, the lead stayed intact heading to the last half inning. Texas Woman’s led off the seventh with a single, but Tarleton got two quick groundouts from TWU. However, a walk and a wild pitch followed by a pair of hits – a single and a two-run double – lifted the Pioneers to the win.
Haley Freyman battled all game long in the circle. Freyman threw 6.2 innings, giving up eight hits and three runs and struck out four. Freyman escaped trouble several times in the game. TWU had a runner in scoring position in three of the first six innings and got out of the jam. The biggest threat came in the fifth inning when TWU led off with a double and later had a runner at third with one out. Megan Durante fielded a ground ball at first and fired home to Nyka Wood to get the potential go-ahead run out at the plate and escape the inning.
Tarleton had six hits in the game, led by Megan Durante‘s 2-for-3 performance at the plate. Savannah Stech led the TexAnns with two RBI. Marisa Flores, Meghann Wrinkle and Kadyn Kirkpatrick also had hits in the game.
The NCAA Softball Selection Show is scheduled for Monday, May 8 at 9 a.m. CST on NCAA.com. The South Central regional tournament takes place May 12-14 at the site of the No. 1 seed.