Rambelles record consecutive no-hitters

Rambelles softball sweeps UTPB in a three game series

By Rosanna Aguilera
On April 20, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Danae Bina, Senior, smashes a ball that will take her to first base. Bina had a batting average of .347 against Texas Permian Basin and has an overall average of .349.

 

The Rambelles softball team swept the UTPB Falcons in a three-game series, and senior Brandy Marlett threw her fifth career no-hitter this weekend.

The Rambelles recorded consecutive no-hitters for the second time in program history. 

On Friday’s game, the Rambelles won 6-0; on Saturday ,the team won both games 14-0 and 6-1.

They are now 36-6 on the season and 20-4 in the Lone Star Conference. 

The Rambelles last tossed consecutive no-hitters on the same day in 2002.

Senior Morgan Hill started off Friday’s series opener with her first no-hitter, and Marlett started Saturday’s doubleheader with her second of the season. These no-hitters are the 12th and 13th in program history. 

“I was really impressed with our pitchers this weekend,” Head Coach Travis Scott said. “Brandy Marlett was really sharp, and to be able to get her fifth no-hitter is special.”

Scott said they were able to give freshmen Meagan Hill and Makayla Corbin some good opportunities to perform.

Marlett struck out five of the first seven batters she faced. 

ASU scored a few runs in the first inning. Three of the first four batters got walks to score the first run of the game, and junior Bailey Wallace got the first hit of the game with a double. Junior Taylor Fogle hit a single up the middle to score two more. 

At this point, it was 4-0 after a bases-loaded walk by sophomore Jade Strother, which brought senior Madison Greenwell to the plate for the second time in the inning.

Greenwell was also able to score an inside-the-park grand slam; it was the first grand slam of her career and third home run of the season. 

Sophomore Karina Rocha sent a ball to left center for a two-RBI double to make the score 11-0 after the first inning. 

In the second inning, Greenwell added her fifth RBI of the game with a double to left field, increasing the lead to 12-0.

Marlett struck out a season high of 12 batters. She is now 17-2 on the season; her first no-hitter of the season came against Western New Mexico. 

“It was very exciting to do it two times in one year,” Marlett said. “It was a blessing to throw another no-hitter this year, and for both pitchers to get no-hitters was a really good job for both of us.”

The team would score two more runs to make the final 14-0.

In game two, the Rambelles got a quick lead in the first inning. Sophomore Courtney Barnhill hit a ball over the left center fence to make the score 2-0. Junior Taegan Kirk crushed the ball over the left field fence, moving the score further. 

Meagan Hill received her second start of the season and held the Falcons scoreless over four innings, only allowing four hits. Their opponent went scoreless for 16 straight innings and hitless in 14. 

The only UTPB run came in the fifth inning. Corbin pitched the final three innings of the game and only allowed three hits. 

“It was a big weekend in the circle for us, and it kept us rested,” Scott said 

Strother added the final run of the weekend with a RBI, making the score 6-1. 

The Rambelles will be back at home on April 27-28 to face Cameron University. 

 

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