Rambelles in first place of Lone Star Conference

Rambelles softball earn 11th straight win with the sweep of Commerce

By Rosanna Aguilera
On April 27, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Jacquelina Montejano, sophomore, heads straight for first base, while an infielder misses the ball in the back. Montejano’s hometown is Del Rio, Texas.

 

The Rambelles softball team earned a three-game sweep against the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions this weekend, taking over sole possession of first place in the Lone Star Conference. 

The team moved to 41-6 on the season and 23-4 in LSC play after this weekend. 

“It was some of the top softball in the LSC and Division II played,” Head Coach Travis Scott said. “Both teams played great defense with great hitters and pitchers; for us to come out on the road and get two wins against a really good team is something that is pretty special.”

Senior Brandy Marlett pitched in the first game of the doubleheader.

Their opponents put runners in scoring positions in the first, third and fourth, but Marlett was able to avoid allowing runs. She only allowed four hits through the first five innings. 

“Marlett was huge tonight,” Scott said. “She had good movement and good velocity. She was really clutch.”

ASU hadn’t scored until a run came in the top of the fifth from senior Madison Greenwell.

Sophomore Karina Rocha hit a solo home run down the left field line in the sixth inning. This was her 15th home run of the season. 

Marlett finished the first game with 11 strike-outs, surpassing 800 strikeouts in her career. 

She became ASU’s career leader in strikeouts last season. She also earned her 19th win of the season and became ASU’s all-time career leader in wins in the circle with a total of 85. 

The first game ended with a score of 2-0. The second ended with a score of 6-5.

Junior Bailey Wallace and sophomore Courtney Barnhill scored early in the second game, securing an early lead. 

Senior Brooke Mangold got her first home run of the season, increasing the team’s lead to 3-0.

Junior Taylor Fogle and senior Danae Bina hit home runs as well. It was Fogle’s eighth and Bina’s second of the season. 

Senior pitcher Morgan Hill kept the Lions off the board in the third and fourth innings but gave up a run in the sixth.

TAMUC began to catch up, making the score 6-5 after three hits with two home runs.

Marlett came in to relief-pitch and ended the game.

“The defense played by both teams was phenomenal tonight,” Scott said. “It was some incredible defense, and it was fun to watch.”

ASU won the final game with a score of 12-3.

The team recorded 11 hits in the series finale and scored at least 10 runs for the fourth time in the last seven games. 

This was the team’s 11th straight win; they have a double-digit win streak for the second time this season. 

“I am very happy with the way our team handled themselves this weekend,” Scott said. “Being able to come on the road and beat a really good team we were tied with in the standings with first place was huge.” 

Scott said Marlett looked great all weekend.

“Our bats swung it up and down the lineup to keep the pressure on them,” Scott said. 

Marlett earned her 20th win of the season after throwing four innings in the series finale. 

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

 

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