CU softballers blow big lead, see season end
SAN ANGELO, Texas - How fast can a game change; one moment Cameron's softball team owned a 10-3 lead and was probably hoping to get a run-rule game to save some energy. But, just a few mistakes, some big hits and the next thing you know Lubbock Christian was celebrating a wild 14-11 victory while the Aggies were left wondering what happened.
Instead of getting to stay in south Texas for another day, the Aggies were packing and heading home, their bid to advance in the NCAA Tournament gone in a matter of two games that could have gone either way.
The loss Friday leaves the Aggies with a 33-20 record while Lubbock Christian was putting its 40-18 record on the line later last night against Colorado Mesa.
On the long ride back home the host of Aggies who will return next season there were only two seniors on the roster were probably wondering just what happened.
The Aggies got off to a fast start against the Lady Chaps, scoring three runs on three hits in the top of the first. Callie Busby started it off by driving in Paige Daino on a single to right. Brenna Busby, who singled earlier in the inning, took home on a double steal to put CU up by two. Cameron took a 3-0 lead as C. Busby came in to score on an infield grounder by Kaylyn Smith.
After LCU cut into the lead on a two run homer in the bottom of the first, the Aggie struck for six runs in the second to extend their lead to 9-2. Two straight singles and a fielder's choice loaded the bases for Breezy McComas who walked. B. Busby launched a sacrifice fly to put the first two runs on the board. Then the third, fourth, and fifth runs came on back-to-back doubles from Abbey Warren and K. Smith. Kaytlyn Kizarr capped Smith. Kaytlyn Kizarr capped off the inning by driving in K. Smith on a single up the middle.
It was at that point that Cameron looked to have the game put away and you wouldn't have disagreed with Coach Dennis Furr if he started thinking about changing pitchers at that point to save ace Bethany Hines for a possible game later in the day. And, those thoughts really had to be in his mind when the Aggies scored a run in the top of the third to make it 10-3.
But hold on for a moment, the Lady Chaps had other ideas as they scored four runs in the fourth and six runs in the fourth to take a 13-10 lead. In that barrage in the third inning there were four runs on five hits and an error, which allowed the final three runs to be unearned. Then in the fourth the Chaps scored six more runs on five hits and another error.
And while Furr did change pitchers in the fourth inning, it wasn't to save Hines for the next game, it was to try and stop the bleeding but to no avail as Alyssa Osterdock also ran into immediate problems, walking the first batter she faced and giving up the final three runs of the inning.