Softball Falls 5-0 To No. 18 Texas A&M
Long Beach State battled but couldn’t get the bats going.
Palm Springs, Calif. - Long Beach State kept the No. 18 Aggies within two runs through six innings, but ultimately only recorded one hit against Texas A&M starter Lexi Smith in a 5-0 loss Thursday.
LT Torres picked up her third hit of the day in the first inning against the Aggies with one out, and Nichole Fry followed with a walk as Long Beach State (4-5-1) threatened early in the game. Smith was able to strike out the next two LBSU batters, however, and the Beach was unable to score in their best opportunity of the game.
Smith would ultimately strike out 10 Long Beach State batters, and only Lauren MacLeod would reach base after the first inning on a hit by pitch.
Jessica Flores struck out a career-high five batters in her second start of the season, allowing just six hits to keep the Beach in it. Texas A&M (11-0) scored the first two runs of the game in the second inning, capitalizing on a leadoff double from Ashley Walters to bring across a pair as the Aggies had four hits in the inning.
The score would remain 2-0 until the sixth, when with two runners on, Sarah Hudek hit a three-run home run to give Texas A&M a 5-0 lead, which would end up as the final tally.
Long Beach State will play two more games at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic tomorrow. The Beach starts by facing Oregon State at 5:30 p.m., and will then play No. 7 LSU at 8 p.m.
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