Long Ball lifts Aggies past Utah, 11-3 – Texas A&M Athletics

FULLERTON, Calif. – The Texas A&M softball team (14-3) used five home runs from four different players to defeat Utah (13-6), 11-3, Saturday afternoon.

Second year Rylen Wiggins hit a pair of home runs, marking his first career multi-home run game, while A&M’s five home runs were the most in a game since lifting five over the wall against Sam Houston on the season last. Additionally, the Aggies’ 11 points tied a season high allowed by the Utes.

BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
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  • Haley Lee: 3 for 3, 2 R, 2B, HR, BB
  • Rylen Wiggins: 2 for 4, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 HR
  • Trinity Cannon: 2 for 4, 2 R, 4 RBI, HR
  • Mayce Allen: 1 for 3, heart rate

PITCH DISTRIBUTION
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KEY / NOTABLE ROUNDS
vs. Utah – O, 11-3

  • The wind has picked up Rylen Wiggins’ fourth homer of the season off the left-field wall to give the Aggies a 1-0 lead in second.
  • After a hard hit double in the opening frame, Haley Lee went into the opposite field in the third to extend A&M’s advantage.
  • starting pitcher Emile Kennedy and the Aggies defense struck out eight of nine batters to start the game.
  • A two-out RBI brace in the fourth put the Utes on the board, before Utah tied the score at two-all with a solo shot in the fifth.
  • Three hits to start the sixth opened up scoring the Aggies in the sixth, jumping to a 7-2 advantage behind Wiggins’ bombs and Mayce Allen.
  • Utah earned a comeback in the bottom of the sixth a two-out RBI double, but a steal to Shaylee Ackerman in left field finished the frame.
  • An opening hat-trick in the par sevens Koko Wooley opened a big seven inning for A&M, as a three-run home run by Trinity Cannon gave Aggies an 11-3 cushion and the win.

QUOTE COACH EVANS
General thoughts on the game…

“We really needed that. Emily Kennedy came out and threw a great game and I’m really proud of the way she is performing and staying calm. She came out and gave us strikeouts throughout the game. Offensively “We needed it because we’ve been in a bit of a dry spell. For us to pick up where we left off last night is good to see. Defensively, we were really good today.

On producing from the team to the plate…

“Hitting is contagious and so is scoring runs. You have the expression ‘return the bat’ and that’s been happening all day. We’ve had almost everyone in our lineup. We’ve had quality bats today and I’m proud of our kids.”

FOLLOWING
Texas A&M returns to action tonight to take on No. 5 UCLA at approximately 7 p.m. CT.

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Kimberly B. Nguyen