NACOGDOCHES – For the first time at the NCAA Division I level, the Tarleton Softball team has locked in a winning season with a 4-2 win over SFA in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader.
“This means a lot to our entire program,” said head coach Mark Cumpian. “The biggest thing we learned from last year was not to take wins for granted at this level. Every time you win a game at the D1 level, it just means more. Our players and coaches have worked incredibly hard this season and it’s just the beginning for our program.”
Tarleton now has a record of 27-18 this season with seven games left to play.
Game 1: SFA 4, Tarleton 1
Stephen F. Austin took the opening game of the series 4-1 despite another monumental occasion for senior Georgia Capell.
SFA jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first and extended to 4-0 with a run in the sixth while the Texan offense struggled to find its footing. The Texans would score an unearned run in the seventh to bring the game to its final score.
Capell broke her eighth school record with two base hits in the game, passing Melody Mayse (260) for the program’s all-time mark for career hits with 261. Capell now owns the school’s all-time record in hits, runs, doubles, home runs, total bases, RBI, games played and hit by pitch.
Amanda DeSario, Austin Germain, Paige Nunes, Tristyn Trull, and Brittany Coe had one hit each for Tarleton. Tristan Bridges went all seven innings in the circle.
Game 2: Tarleton 4, SFA 2
The historic win for Tarleton’s program was a 4-2 final score as Austin Germain and Miranda Pruitt each drove in two RBI to lift the Texans over SFA.
Germain extended her on-base streak to 14 straight games early in this one with a two-RBI single down the right-field line to get the Texans on top early. After SFA scored in their half, Pruitt got it back with a solo home run to left to extend the lead to 3-1.
That lead would hold until the bottom of the third when SFA tacked on another to make it 3-2. The Ladyjacks appeared primed to tie it with a leadoff double in the fourth, but Julia Wernet came on in relief and was superb. The senior right-hander got a bunt and two groundouts to keep SFA off the board.
Wernet would proceed to throw three more flawless innings of work to earn her third win of the season while Pruitt tacked on an insurance run in the sixth with an RBI double. Reagan Chism threw the first three innings before giving way to Wernet for the final four.
Pruitt and Morgan Medford has two hits each while DeSario, Capell, Germain, Nunes, Trull, and Hallie Saintignan had one each.