Tarleton Softball blasts No. 20 Angelo State in finale to take series

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The series between Tarleton and No. 20 Angelo State came down to the rubber game and Tarleton wasted no time in taking the series by jumping out to an 11-0 lead after the first inning en route to a 16-1 victory Saturday.

Game 1: No. 20 Angelo State 9, Tarleton 8

Tarleton made a valiant effort to claw back from an early deficit, but free bases doomed the TexAnns in Saturday’s opener.

Over the first two innings, Tarleton allowed six walks, two hitters, an error, and three base hits that allowed Angelo to score seven runs in the first two frames.

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Meanwhile, Tarleton struck back with three in the first on a two-run single from Destiny Crumpley and a sacrifice fly from Amanda Conner to take a 3-2 lead after one. Following Angelo’s five-run second, Georgia Capell pulled Tarleton back within two with a two-run home run off the scoreboard.

Crumpley struck again to lead off the third with a solo shot to left field that brought Tarleton within one at 7-6. That score would hold to the fifth when Angelo extended the lead with a two-run home run.

Tarleton answered in the sixth with a two-run homer of their own from Karli Herron to pull within one, but the TexAnns went down in order in the seventh to end the comeback effort.

Crumpley and Herron led the way with two hits and five combined RBI while Capell, Kadyn Kirkpatrick, Morgan Sebastian, and Lexi Grimaldo had one hit each.

Tristan Bridges took the loss with 1.2 innings of work. Rachel Williams recorded two outs out of the bullpen before Jordan Withrow tossed the final 4.2 innings out of the pen with five strikeouts.

Game 2: Tarleton 16, No. 20 Angelo State 1 (5)

An 11-run first inning was more than enough for Tarleton as the TexAnns took the series from No. 20 Angelo State Saturday afternoon.

Tarleton started the game by loading the bases with one out and then pushed the first two runs across on bases-loaded walks from Karlie Herron and Amanda Conner. Those walks chased the Angelo starter from the game.

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