GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 12-seeded Texas A&M softball workforce (29-25) grabbed its first-ever win within the Southeastern Conference Tournament Tuesday evening, taking down No. 13 seed South Carolina (26-30), 5-3.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
Trinity Cannon: 2-for-3, 3 RBI
Koko Wooley: 1-for-2, BB, 2B, RBI
W, 5-3 Emiley Kennedy: 4.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 Okay
Grace Uribe: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 Okay
Shaylee Ackerman: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 Okay
KEY INNINGS / NOTABLES
The Aggies broke open scoring within the backside of the third, as three walks have been issued by South Carolina, together with an intentional stroll to Katie Dack, earlier than a bases-clearing double to left subject by Trinity Cannon gave A&M a 3-0 benefit.
Koko Wooley drew a stroll to steer off the fourth and moved her manner across the bases with a stolen base and an error. A floor out to 3rd by Cayden Baker despatched Wooley charging residence for a four-run cushion.
South Carolina fought again within the fifth, scratching three runs throughout, earlier than a floor out to Rylen Wiggins bought the Aggies out of the inning.
The Maroon & White added an insurance coverage run within the residence half of the inning with a double to left subject from Wooley.
Shaylee Ackerman stepped into the circle to shut the sport, holding the Gamecocks hitless whereas fanning three to earn her first profession save.
WHAT THEY SAID
Head coach Jo Evans
Opening assertion… “Just really proud of our ballclub to come out here and win a game. It’s been a long time coming for us. Feels nice to get the monkey off our back. You look at last weekend, and I thought we played really well getting a win against Arkansas. Didn’t end up winning that series, but our team competed so well against the No. 4 team in the country and SEC Champion. For us to be able to take that confidence and come into today was really important. Of course Trin (Trinity Cannon) stepping up in a big moment there. We did a great job taking advantage of the walks we got, the free passes and getting some timely hitting from that. We really proud of our kids. Really proud Shaylee Ackerman coming in there and closing. Just a good team win for us.”
On getting this system’s first ever SEC Tournament win… “You always want to be really excited and also I have this feeling of relief. It’s been a long time coming. You look at our seven previous games we lost five games by one run. Sort of inductive of our season a bit. For our team to fight and scratch and claw to get a win it means a lot to me, our program. This is a good ball club right here and I’ve been really proud of them and how resilient they’ve been.”
Sophomore infielder Trinity Cannon
On the workforce’s efficiency and what was working for her… “What worked for us was being confident in each other. I know it gets really hard when somebody makes an error and kind of breaks momentum, but our pitchers have a lot of trust in our defense and we have a lot of trust in them. For them to throw their strikes and for us to back them up. Our pitching staff as a whole tonight was really poised. What Shaylee (Ackerman) came in and did tonight was absolutely amazing.”
On getting this system’s first ever SEC Tournament win… “I don’t think you can see any game that is too big or little. We were really excited to make history tonight, but I think this is a good starting point.”
The Aggies face the No. 5 seed Florida Gators Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT. The recreation airs nationally on SEC Network.