STEPHENVILLE – A Tristyn Trull walk-off in the nightcap delivered a doubleheader split Friday night for Tarleton.
Game 1: Lamar 11, Tarleton 9
A vicious seventh-inning rally came up just short for Tarleton as an 11-3 deficit proved too much to overcome in an 11-9 loss.
Lamar came out swinging out of the gates with a five-run first inning, a two-run third, and a three-run fifth inning while the Texans managed only two runs in the second on an RBI groundout and an error that plated a pair.
With Lamar on the verge of ending the game in five, Georgia Capell ripped her 14th home run of the season to make it a seven-run game after five and keep the game alive.
After Lamar tacked on their final run of the game in the seventh and the Texan rally began.
The Cardinals went away from starter Aaliyah Ruiz in the circle and the Texans greeted new pitcher Haila Linton with a single and an RBI double in the first three batters. A Lamar error, back-to-back singles, and a wild pitch brought the score to 11-6 and then Makayla Romeo uncorked a three-run home run to bring the Texans within two at 11-9. The rally came to an end with a strikeout, however.
Tristyn Trull led the way offensively with a three-hit game while Austin Germain and Georgia Capell each boasted two hits. Morgan Medford, Amanda DeSario, Brittany Coe, and Romeo had one hit each for the Texans. Reagan Chism, Tristan Bridges, and Makenzie Dunbar all pitched for the Texans.
Game 2: Tarleton 4, Lamar 3
Tristyn Trull was a force at the plate and walked Tarleton off a 4-3 winner with an RBI single up the middle to take the nightcap against Lamar.
Julia Wernet got the start in the circle and was cruising through the first two innings before the Cardinals scrapped a run across after a hit by pitch, a walk, and a single with two outs.
Tristyn Trull led off the fourth with a double off the left-center wall and then came in to score on a head’s up baserunning decision. Trull delayed advancing on a weak groundball from Makayla Romeo and forced a return throw from first base, which skipped away and let Trull touch home and tie things up at 1-1.
Lamar capitalized on a leadoff single and a walk to set up with runners on second and third with one away. A hot shot to third forced a play at the plate, but the throw went high and Lamar slid in underneath to take a 2-1 lead in the fifth.
In the fifth inning, Tarleton loaded the bases with two outs and the game appeared primed to head on to the sixth with the same score as Tristyn Trull popped up a foul ball to third base. The ball bounced out of the Cardinal glove and gave Trull new life – to which she responded with a two-run single back up the middle on the next pitch to take a 3-2 lead.
After Lamar tied the game with a two-out RBI single behind third base in the sixth, the game headed into the seventh tied up at 3-3.
Julia Wernet worked around a two-out walk and got a swinging strikeout in the top half to send the walk-off kids into the bottom half tied up at 3-3. Tarleton has walked off 11 of their home victories since April 9, 2021.
If they were going to salvage the split, they needed No. 12 Friday night.
After Lamar walked a pair of Texans, including Georgia Capell, with one out, freshman Tristyn Trull made them pay with a base rip back up the middle to cap off her second three-hit performance of the twin bill. For the doubleheader, Trull was 6-8 at the dish and drive in three RBI – all in game two.
Medford, DeSario, Germain, and Coe all had one hit each to round out the Texan offense.
Julia Wernet earned her fourth win with a complete game victory. She struck out five and allowed three runs on four hits and six walks.
Tarleton and Lamar will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. There will be a postgame ceremony for seniors Hallie Saintignan, Julia Wernet and Georgia Capell for Tarleton’s annual senior day.