May 15, 2003
TUCSON--Texas A&M built in 8-0 lead and cruised toan 8-4 victory over Boston College in NCAA Region 1 first-round softball action Thursday afternoon.
The Aggies (36-20) will play a winner's bracket game Friday afternoon against the winner of the South Carolina-Princeton game. Boston College (33-21) plays again later tonight in an elimination game.
Texas A&M scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning. Jana James led of the inning with a triple to the right-center field gap. When it lookd like BC pitcher Tekae Melandris might get out of the jam with an infield groundout and a strikeout, Aggie designated player Lindsay Wilhelmson plated the run with a single to center.
The aggies added another run in the third inning, courtesy of Adrian Gregory's 10th home run of the season. Rocky Spencer pushed the lead to 4-0 with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the fourth. Two batters later, James followed with a grand slam to straightaway center field and the lead quickly balooned to 8-0.
Boston College answered with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. With two on and two out, Jacqui Goodchild sent an RBI single to right field that scored Kimmy Hopkin, while Elena Ferrero scored on TAMU right fielder Rocky Spencer's throwing error.
The Eagles cut the lead in half one inning later, as Erin Mackey's two-run homer made the score 8-4.
Jessica Slataper (14-13) earned the victory for A&M. Tekae Malandris (12-9) took the loss.
BC Coach Jennifer Finley:
"Our kids played hard. Texas A&M is a great ballclub. We were down 8-0 and we battled back well."
Eagles' Erin Mackey:
"I think our team came back well. When you down eight runs, it's tough to come back, and I thought our team played hard."
A&M Coach Jo Evans:
"I thought our kids came out and hit the ball well. We swung the bat and scored some runs. We couldn't close it in the fifth, but it's important to get the first win in the tournament."
A&M's Jana James:
"Our team did a good job getting on base. With two outs I knew I had to get the ball in play. With a full count, I fouled one back, and I knew she was going to come inside. I just hit the ball."