By Chris Gibbens—
The Tarleton State University TexAnns took the field Tuesday for a home doubleheader against the Texas A&M International Dustdevils, winning the first game 2-0, and the second game 4-0.
The TexAnns are currently ranked No. 18 for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
It was a day of minimal offense, in large part due to the weather in Stephenville. Wind gusts of 25-30 mph blew straight toward home plate, making the day difficult for batters.
“Our batters had to adjust, which they did a good job of,” pitcher Jordan Withrow said. “As a pitcher, it (the wind) helped me out a lot because I knew that whatever I threw and they hit wasn’t going to go very far.”
Both of the TexAnns’ runs in the first game were unearned. The first run came in the bottom of the first inning, when second baseman Marissa Flores was walked with all bases loaded. The second and final run of the first game came in the bottom of the second, when International outfielders had trouble handling a deep fly ball by TexAnn outfielder Meghann Wrinkle.
Pitcher Jordan Withrow gave up one hit early and shut down the Dustdevils for the rest of the game, adding eight strikeouts for good measure.
In the second game, the TexAnns put the Dustdevils away late, scoring two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings respectively. The TexAnns had quality outings from senior pitchers Haley Freyman and Megan Rosewell in the second game, who combined, gave up four hits and shutout the Dustdevils.
On defense, the TexAnns were led by junior shortstop, Elizabeth Svienty, who made a leaping catch for an out on a ball likely to go over her head. Svienty also laid out for a ball she managed to turn into an impressive double-play, slamming the door shut on any offensive plans the Dustdevils had.
“Once I realized I had the ball and was already on second, I got really excited. I knew I could make it to first.” Svienty said.
The TexAnns have a home series against the Texas Women’s University Pioneers this weekend, potentially affecting the seeding for the Lone Star Conference Tournament. The TexAnns will take the field Friday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m., and twice Saturday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.