KINGSVILLE – No. 19 Tarleton Softball moved on to the Lone Star Conference tournament semifinals with a 2-0 shutout of Cameron in the opening round on Friday at Hubert Field.
Tarleton, the No. 4 seed in the LSC tournament, improves to 39-12 on the season and advances to play No. 1 seed and host Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m. The TexAnns advance to the LSC semis for the second straight season. They’ll try to make their second LSC finals trip in program history and the first since 1998 if they can knock off the NFCA No. 3 Javelinas.
Jordan Withrow tossed her ninth complete game shutout of the season as the First Team All-Conference pitcher improves to 21-4 on the season. Withrow allowed a pair of singles, walked two and struck out five in all seven innings in the circle.
Withrow’s only trouble came in the top of the seventh inning when Cameron had two runners on with no one out to start the inning. Withrow got the first out on a sacrifice bunt. The second out came on a ground out to third base when Karli Herron threw home to get the force out at the plate to keep the shutout intact. However, to end the game, the Cameron batter who grounded out to third base assumed the out was at first base and went to the dugout, ultimately resulting in the third out for leaving the field of play.
The TexAnn offense out hit the Aggies 8-2 in the game, led by Elizabeth Svienty and Morgan Ling each going 2-for-3 at the plate.
Tarleton’s scoring came in a two-run third inning when Georgia Capell singled to center to bring home Ling for the game’s first run. Capell added to her school record for RBI in a season, giving her 68 on the year. Tanna Huie followed with an RBI ground out to plate Svienty for the 2-0 lead.
The TexAnns had six singles in the game from Svienty, Capell, Huie, Ling, Destiny Crumpley, Lexi Grimaldo. Svienty had the only extra base hit in the contest with a double in the fifth.