TexAnns blank Cameron softball, 3-0
SAN ANGELO, Texas - When Cameron has struggled to win games, it was the lack of offensive production that was the biggest reason and Friday that same problem cropped up again and the result was a 3-0 loss to No. 15-ranked Tarleton State in the first round of the Lone Star Conference Tournament.
The Aggies were only able to muster just three hits against the LSC's Co-Pitcher of the Year Jordan Withrow, who walked two and struck out seven in the complete game shutout.
On the other side of the diamond, Rylee Willmon was able to hold TSU to just three runs even though she gave up 10 hits on the day. The conference's Co-Newcomer of the Year struck out three batters and left nine runners on base, but got no run support in the loss.
Tarleton State scored early, plating two runs in the first inning, as Megan Durante singled in Georgia Capell and then Tanna Huie drove in Meghann Wrinkle on a sacrifice foul out. CU's Willmon held the TexAnns scoreless through the next four innings, but in the sixth, TSU added another insurance run when Wrinkle tripled to bring Capell home to score again.
The Aggies best chance of scoring came in the top of the fourth inning, when Callie Busby led off with a single and then Kaitlyn Alvarado walked, putting runners on first and second with no outs. However, that threat disappeared fast as the next three batters went down in order to end the inning.
The three Cameron hits came off of the bats of C. Busby, Makaylah Ramirez, and Annie Combs.
Capell led TSU with three hits and two runs scored, while Wrinkle and Nyka Wood each had a pair of hits in the win.
In the first game of the day Texas A&M-Commerce whipped Texas A&M-Kingsville, 9-1. The set the stage for the semifinals where West Texas blanked A&M-Commerce, 8-0, which was expected. However, in the other semifinal, Tarleton made things interesting, fighting top-seeded Angelo State on even terms and forcing extra innings with the game tied at 5-all.
After a scoreless eighth, the Rambelles used a three-run homer by Taylor Fogle to take the victory and advance to the finals against West Texas today at 2 p.m.
Waiting game begins
Cameron will make the drive home today and have plenty of time to ponder the question of the day; did they do enough to stay in the regional rankings and get an invitation to the NCAA Tournament?
Entering the LSC Tournament the Aggies were No. 6 in the South Central Regional rankings and what seems to bolster the CU cause is the fact they lost to the No. 5 team in the region.
"I think we're going to be OK because Tarleton is No. 5 and they are supposed to beat us if those rankings are right," CU coach Dennis Furr said before the conference tournament. "If we would drop down it might just be a spot. I think we're going to make the top eight, I'm just not sure where we will be until after this weekend."
The teams below the Aggies are Regis (Colo.) 35-17, Colorado Christian 40-11, St. Mary's (Texas) 33-21, and A&M-Kingsville, 29-25. Regis and Colorado Christian both won games Thursday in the Rocky Mountains Conference, but they will meet today in the second round. St. Mary's and A&M-Kingsville both lost Thursday, so neither of those teams will move in front of the Aggies.