Softball Season Update

By: Sydnie Grossnickle

Staff Writer

This is an updated version of an article previously published by TNS on texannews.net.

Tarleton softball has completed its second series of the season. They started their season on a high note at an away tournament at Furman University. 

Furman Tournament

The Texan’s played five games over the weekend starting on Feb. 11. 

Their first game was against Bellarmine University. The Texans earned their first win of 4-0 over the Knights. 

Later that afternoon, they played the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). The Texans dominated the Hawks in a 13-1 win. 

Tarleton Sports said, “Every Texan starter recorded a base hit in the game with [Brady] Rowland leading the way with a 3-3 day at the dish and four RBI.”

On Feb. 12, the Texans had their next pair of games. 

In their first game of the day, they had a rematch with the Hawks. Once again, the Texans came out victorious with an incredible 12-2 finish. 

UMES collected six errors during the six-inning game compared to Tarleton’s zero. Senior Georgia Capell had a three-run home run, marking her first homer of the season. 

The Texans continue their streak with a 10-3 win over hosts Furman.

Tarleton finished strong on the last day with a match-up against North Dakota. The Texans had a challenging game but finished on top with 5-3. 

Capell added two more homers on the season, helping the Texans finish on top. 

Whataburger Invitational

Tarleton had another dominating weekend at their home opener, the Whataburger Invitational. The Texans scored 13 home runs over five games and four different Division I programs. 

They kicked off the tournament with a match-up against Syracuse. Tarleton won the challenging game 2-1. 

According to Tarleton Sports, “In a battle of undefeated teams, Tarleton walked away unscathed with back-to-back home runs from Brittany Coe and Miranda Pruitt to hand the Orange their first loss of the season.”

For their second game of the day, they went head-to-head with Prairie View A&M. In this match-up, the Panthers were no match for the Texans. Tarleton scored three home runs in this game and won 10-2. 

They went against Alabama State on the second day of the invitational. 

According to Tarleton Sports, “Tarleton turned on the offensive juice in the fourth inning and never looked back en route to their eighth straight win to begin the season with a 7-3 victory over Alabama State.

The Texans had a rematch with Prairie View to finish the second day. The Panthers fought hard in this second game but fell short in the end. 

The Texans scored four more home runs against the Southwestern Athletic Conference member. They claimed another victory with an 11-8 result. 

They concluded the invitational on Feb. 20 with a close game against Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. Center fielder Amanda DeSario scored the Texan’s 13th homer of the weekend. Tarleton won 5-4 over the Islanders. 

Lobo Classic

The Texans went on the road for the Lobo Classic in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They opened the tournament with a challenging game against the University of Buffalo. 

Tarleton fell short in their first game with two runs to Buffalos three. 

They went against Conference USA member UT – El Paso for their second game. 

According to Tarleton Sports, “Big performances from Amanda DeSario, Katy Schaefer and Kennedy Ferguson allowed Tarleton to take advantage of five UTEP errors and complete a three-run, come-from-behind victory over the Miners 6-5.”

Games three and four were against North Dakota State University. The Texans dropped both games against the Bisons. 

The Lobo Classic finale was against the hosts University of New Mexico. The Lobos claimed victory over the Texans with an 8-0 final. 

Head coach Mark Cumpian told Tarleton Sports, “We lost in every aspect of the game this weekend, gave us way too many free bases and played terrible defense. We need to come home, renew our focus and get back to putting pride in the little things day in and day out.”

Up Next

Tarleton softball will go on the road to McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Their series opener against the Cowboys is on March 5. 

To keep up with Texan softball, go to https://tarletonsports.com/sports/softball/.

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