SAN ANGELO – Tarleton Softball kept right on winning Saturday as the No. 21 Texans shutout New Mexico Highlands and Texas A&M International on day two of the George McCorkle Challenge.
The second win of the day was Tarleton’s 100th victory since the beginning of the 2018 season – the most in the Lone Star Conference.
Game 1: No. 21 Tarleton 8, New Mexico Highlands 0 (5)
Tarleton scored seven runs over the final two innings and walked it off early in support of Julia Wernet’s complete game shutout in Saturday’s 8-0 opening victory over New Mexico Highlands.
Shelby Carter reached on an error in the bottom of the first to bring home Hallie Saintignan for the first run of the game. That score would stand through the first three innings of the game, but it was ultimately all Julia Wernet would need.
The sophomore right-hander was dealing from the circle on her way to her second career complete game shutout. Wernet threw all five innings and struck out four. She didn’t walk a batter and earned her second win of the season to improve to 2-0.
Meanwhile, the offense came to life in the fourth when Kristen Zuehl drove in her first RBI of the game and seventh of the weekend with a single to left. Tarleton tacked on two more in the inning on a wild pitch and an RBI walk from Georgia Capell to lead 4-0.
In the fifth, Morgan Medford doubled home Morgan ling and Zuehl plated Medford from third with a squeeze bunt. Zuehl ended up on second on an error and then scored on an RBI single from Jessica Lee. Hallie Saintignan ended the game with an RBI single to right for the walk-off win.
Medford led the way with her second consecutive three-hit performance of the weekend – going 3-3 with two runs scored. Saintignan and Zuehl also boasted two hits each while Carter and Lee had one each. Zuehl had two total RBI in the game, giving her eight for the weekend through three games.
Game 2: No. 21 Tarleton 2, Texas A&M International 0
Tarleton needed the full seven innings in the Saturday finale but only needed one of the two runs they scored as Jordan Withrow fired her 19th career complete game shutout in a 2-0 win over Texas A&M International. It was a non-conference game between the league rivals.
Withrow is second all-time at Tarleton in complete game shutouts and is now four away from tying Hall of Famer Carla Geeslin (23) in that category. Withrow also earned her 65th career win and is now three victories away from passing her former teammate Haley Freyman (67) as Tarleton’s all-time wins leader. Withrow is already the program’s leader in strikeouts with 623.
Saturday, Withrow allowed a mere five hits and four walks scattered over seven innings and struck out a season high 12 batters in the win.
Meanwhile, Destiny Crumpley delivered all the run support she would need with an RBI double in the first inning. Georgia Capell added some insurance with a solo home run in the third to make it 2-0. Capell also inched closer to the program record for long balls and is now four home runs shy of tying Arianna Rodriguez as Tarleton’s all-time home run leader.
Saintignan, Medford and Kadyn Kirkpatrick also had one hit each in the win.
Tarleton will close out the George McCorkle Challenge tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. with a rematch against International and the tournament finale against Angelo State.