Aggies cruise past Crimson Tide, 9-1, in five innings – Texas A&M Athletics

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M softball team (26-17, 5-12 SEC) needed just five innings to pass No. 2 Alabama (38-8, 13-7 SEC) on Saturday night ahead of another record crowd at Davis Diamond. .

With the 9-1 win, the Aggies stole the series from Alabama for the first time in program history. A&M’s run rule of the Crimson Tide marked Alabama’s first run rule by a Southeastern Conference team since A&M did so in 2016. Additionally, the Crimson Tide had not been managed by an unranked team since 1997.

BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
vs. No. 2 Alabama – W, 9-1 (5 inn)

PITCH DISTRIBUTION
vs. No. 2 Alabama – W, 9-1 (5 inn)

  • Makinzy Herzog: 4.1 IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 4K
  • Emile Kennedy: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

KEY / NOTABLE ROUNDS
vs. No. 2 Alabama – W, 9-1 (5 inn)

  • A two-point single produced by Grace Uribe opened the scoring for the Aggies late in the second, before a single to center field by Koko Wooley drove Mayce Allen at home for a 3-0 lead for A&M.
  • A call canceled after a challenge review initiated by the head coach Jo Evans drove the fourth round of the Maroon & White home into the frame, before a three-round bombshell by Morgan Smith took the Aggies to a 7-0 advantage.
  • An RBI single from Katie Dak in the bottom of the fourth extended A&M’s lead, before Alabama responded with a run in the top of the fifth.
  • At the bottom of the frame, Trinity Cannon drew a walk with two outs while a single from Makinzy Herzog and a field error from Alabama’s left fielder drove the game-winning run home.

WHAT THEY SAID

The head coach Jo Evans

On tonight’s run-rule win over Alabama…
“Our hitters have done such a great job this series. Their approach is really good, we’re doing our walks and we’ve got players making adjustments at home plate. That second-inning rally really cut the wind for Alabama. Sails When you look at what our hitters have done against two All-Americans, and how they’ve done, I’m really proud of them.



On Makinzy Herzog performance in the circle…
“It’s just fun to see her confident there. She was busy tonight. She really felt and looked comfortable. I thought it was only fitting that she was the only one in the situation to get the game-winning shot – I’m really proud of her.”



Senior Utility Player Makinzy Herzog

On what made A&M successful in Alabama…
“I think we have prepared very well for [Alabama pitcher] Lexi Kilfoil. Once you got that first hit, the momentum really changed at that point, and we kept attacking it with every step. We really adapted to the area and, we had a tight area there, but we didn’t give in to it.”



On the luxury of constant offensive production…
“You’re so much more relaxed every time you have a big lead like that, so it’s a lot easier for me and for the defense to play relaxed and know we’re going to win this game.”



NEXT
The Aggies and Crimson Tide wrap up their three-game series tomorrow at noon.


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Kimberly B. Nguyen