No. 3 Texas A&M Downs No. 15 Huskies, 10-4
Feb. 17, 2008
TEMPE - The third-ranked Texas A&M Aggies downed the No. 15/16 (NFCA/ESPN.com) Washington Huskies, 10-4, on the final day of the Kajikawa Classic at the Tempe Sports Complex. The UW finished the three-day tournament with a 2-3 record and now is 4-4-1 on the season. Texas A&M upped its record to 9-2.
Washington outhit the Aggies, 10-9, and scored three runs in the top of first inning, but Texas A&M quickly rallied for seven runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
With one out in the first, Marnie Koziol singled and Jace Williams followed that up with a single to centerfield that moved Koziol to third. After Williams stole second base, Lauren Greer doubled down the left field line to plate both Koziol and Williams. Greer ended up on third base on the play on a throwing error by Aggies leftfielder Kelsey Spittler. Alicia Blake then brought Greer home on a sacrifice flyout to centerfield to give Washington an early 3-0 lead.
The Aggies responded with seven runs in their half of the inning, amassing five hits and taking advantage of one Husky error. That error allowed Spittler, the No. 9 hitter, to come to the plate and she came through with a three-run home run to put Texas A&M up 7-3.
The Aggies tacked on two more runs in the second inning off of Huskies starter Caitlin Noble (3-2) before Noble gave way to Aleah Macon with no outs in the inning. The freshman right hander came in and proceeded to get the next three outs all on strikeouts.
Macon struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the third inning for a string of five consecutive strikeouts and eventually finished with 10 in the game.
Washington's final run came in the fourth inning when Morgan Stuart doubled home Blake, who had singled to left field with one out in the inning.
Williams paced the Huskies offensively with three hits in four at-bats and is now hitting a team-best .538 (7-for-13) on the season. Bailey Stenson went 2-for-4, while Greer finished with two RBI and Blake had one.
Macon pitched five innings, giving up just one hit and one earned run while walking three.
Despite her team going 2-3 at the prestigious Kajikawa Classic, Huskies head coach Heather Tarr saw her team do some good things that she hopes will carry on to the rest of the season.
'We were faced with some great adversity here and we fought hard at times,' said Tarr. 'It's a building block to where we will be going as a team this year. We are in a position to build on what we've done so far.'
The Huskies head to the Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. next weekend for a three-day tournament and will open with a pair of games on Friday, Feb. 22, starting with Texas Tech at 11:30 a.m. PT. The Huskies also take on Missouri that day at 4:30 p.m. PT.