No. 18 Lions use extra-inning heroics to knock off No. 21 Cameron 8-6 in 10 innings - LINK
LAWTON, Okla. – The No. 21 Texas A&M University-Commerce softball team defeated No. 18 Cameron University, 8-6 in 10 innings, on Friday. The Lions and Aggies traded runs throughout the game before Mariah Jameyson put the Lions ahead for good in the 10th.
The win brings the Lions to 14-1 and 4-0 in the Lone Star Conference. The Lions have won 11 games in a row, which sets a new program record. The Aggies fall to 14-4 on the season and 6-1 in conference play.
The teams will meet again Saturday in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. The games will be played at McMahon Field in Lawton, Okla.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Mariah Jameyson continued her hot streak, belting a three-run homer in the fifth inning. She also had the game-winning two-run single in the 10th inning. She finished the day 2-for-3 with five RBIs and three walks.
- Jodie Hill hit her first home run of the season in the fifth inning. She drove two runs across on the hit.
- Ciera Nunez and Kimber Neal each had two hits in the game.
- Lion hitters drew 11 walks in the game, led by three by Jameyson and two apiece by Baylea Higgs and Kinsie Hebler.
- Katie Dean got the win in the circle to move to 5-1 on the season. She pitched 4.0 innings in relief, allowing one earned run on one hit, walking four and striking out two.
- Emily Otto earned her fourth save of the season. She started the game and went 6.0 innings, allowing five earned runs on eight hits, striking out five and walking four.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Neither team got on the board in the first inning. Otto recorded a strikeout on the defensive end. The Aggies got on the board in the second inning. A single was followed by a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner. A double brought in the first run. The Lions trailed 1-0 after two innings.
Nunez singled to begin the third inning. After stealing second base, the next two batters walked to load the bases. Muro came up and also drew a walk, plating the Lions' first run of the contest. The Lions could not get another run across and the game was tied at one.
The Aggies hit a leadoff homer in the third inning. The next batter doubled but Otto fought through to strikeout the last batter of the inning. CU held a 2-1 lead after three complete innings.
The Aggies hit another home run in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead. The Lions responded in the next inning. Higgs was hit by a pitch and a Hebler walk put two base runners on. On the fifth pitch of her at bat, Jameyson crushed the ball over the center field wall, scoring three and giving the Lions a 4-3 lead. The Lions weren't done yet. Slider doubled to right center and she scored on a home run from Jodie Hill. The Lions led 6-3 after five complete innings.
The Lions were unable to get any runs across in the top of the sixth inning and the Aggies came up to bat ready. A walk and a single put two runners on. The next batter came up and smacked a pitch over the left field wall, tying the game at 6 after six innings.
The Lions drew three walks in the seventh inning to load the bases but could not get the necessary hit to drive a run across. The Aggies were also unable to get any run support in the seventh and the game went into extra innings.
Neither team could get much of anything going in the first two innings of extras. Dean continued to battle in the circle for the Lions as both pitchers kept runners off of the base paths.
The Lions broke the tie in the 10th inning. Neal and Nunez both singled and Hebler drew a walk to load the bases. Jameyson then came up and smacked a pitch through the middle of the infield and scored two runners. The Lions held a 8-6 lead going into the bottom of the 10th.
Dean got the first out of the bottom of the frame before Otto was brought back in to attempt a save. After two walks, the Lions intentionally walked the next batter to load the bases with one out. The next batter popped out and the final batter fouled out to end the game.
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