Aggies stun Buffs in regional
SAN ANGELO, Texas Cameron University's softball team made the most of just five hits in taking down mighty West Texas A&M Friday by a 4-3 score in the NCAA Division II South Central Regional being played at Mayer Field on the campus of Angelo State University.
The victory came just hours after the Aggies of Coach Dennis Furr beat Colorado Christian by the same 4-3 score. That might have been expected but the win over No. 10-ranked West Texas will be a shocker in NCAA Division II ranks and in the Lone Star Conference which the Buffs dominated just two years ago while racing to the national championship. WT has been knocked into the loser's bracket in a 4-0 loss to host Angelo State which sent the Buffs against Cameron.
Now the Aggies will get a shot at No. 6 Angelo State today at 1:30 p.m. in the first championship game of the double-elimination tournament. ASU can win the title with a single victory, however, if Cameron can pull off another upset the Aggies would then play the Rambelles in an "if" game later Saturday evening. The winner of the this regional will meet the winner of the other South Central Regional being played at Mesa, Colo., in the Super Regional that will determine who goes to the national tournament.
In the WT game, Cameron did all its damage in the fifth inning. After a routine ground ball out, Furr sent Kaitlynn Alvarado to the plate to pinch-hit and she reached base when WT pitcher Kilee Halbert hit her.
Annie Combs then laced a single to third base that allowed Kaylyn Smith, who was back running after being pinch hit for earlier, to race to second.
That brought up the dangerous Brenna Busby and she did what she's done all season, hit the ball hard for a single to right field to load the bases.
Rylee Long brought the first run home with a ground out to first base and Callie Busby singled to the WT shortstop which allowed Combs to score.
While Tori Smith was batting, C. Busby proceeded to steal second and at the same time sister Brenna stole home in the old double steal.
Smith then drove in the final run of the inning with a single to left field, forcing WT to change pitchers to finally get the final out.
But by that time the Aggies had forged a 4-2 lead and were loaded with confidence.
From there pitcher Rylee Willmon got the Aggies home despite scattering 10 hits and giving up three earned runs, the final one a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh by Suka Van Gurp. However, before she gave up the long bomb, Willmon had gotten the first two batters in the inning on routine infield popups.
Even after the homer she was in command, going right after the next batter and getting her to hit into a ground ball out that ended the game.