Softball recap: Rams drop series finale at No. 9 Texas A&M
April 7, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Rams recorded four hits in the game, one each from junior Ashlie Ortega, freshman Jaelyn Manzanares, sophomore Molly Randle, and junior Kendal Butterfield. Butterfield and Randle each scored once for the Rams.
Freshman pitcher Holly Reinke was able to keep the Aggies scoreless in the bottom of the first, keeping the score 0-0 until the bottom of the second inning when Texas A&M brought in six run, two coming off of a home run by the Aggies' senior catcher Meagan May.
"Holly did well," Head Coach Fisher said. "She was making a pitch we were asking her to make. I think the experience was big for her. She's a worker and wants to win so it was good to get her out because it will help her towards conference play. She had some struggle with some zone issues, but she was able to work her way through it."
Senior Kailey Snyder relieved Reinke in the bottom of the third after a base was stolen and a walk was issued. The Aggies tallied four more runs in the inning to take a 10-0 lead. Reinke gave up two of the Aggies runs, and two were credited to Snyder, who kept the Aggies tied down for through the rest of the game.
The Rams two runs came in the bottom of the fourth when Butterfield hit a two-run home run to left field that scored Molly Randle, who entered as a pinch runner after Manzanares’ two-out single. The home run brought the score to 10-2, but that would be all the offensive the Rams could muster.
"Kendal got a good hit in and we were hoping for one more to stay in it," Fisher said. "We're happy for Kendal, she's been working hard.”
Reinke was tagged with the loss, bringing her record to 4-5. She allowed eight runs (all earned), six walks, and struck out three over 2.1 innings of work. In 1.2 innings of work, Snyder allowed two earned runs, three hits, and struck out one.
With the loss, the Rams fall to an even 17-17 heading into next weekend’s road series against Mountain West newcomer Nevada. The Rams are 3-0 in league action, having swept UNLV last weekend. Game 1 between the Rams and the Wolf Pack is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. MT at UNR’s Hixson Park.