Not once but twice do the Texas A&M –Kingsville Lady Javelinas Softball team taste defeat as they lost doubleheader games to the visiting St. Mary’s Lady Rattlers as they took game one 4-2 and winning game two 2-0.
In the first game it was all St Mary’s as the Rattlers sent pitcher Emily Brittain to the circle to pitch and she controlled the whole game with her slow delivery to the plate throwing off the Javelinas as she pitched a complete game no hitter while also racking up 11 strikeouts during the game. “ We (AMK) really struggled to deal with the late break on the play,” said head coach Ricki Rothbauer
AMK sent Denise Arnold out to pitch and she was only able to go two and two thirds innings while allowing four runs on six hits.
Arnold gave up the only runs of the game thanks to a four run top of the third on the part of the Rattlers thanks to a couple of key hits and a costly error on the part of the Lady Javelinas.
AMK was able to load the bases with one out in the fifth inning, but were unable to score as Brittain cruised to the victory. Coach Rothbauer said “ We just have to execute better and actually be able to get run across and stop leaving runners on base.” AMK left five runners on base during the game.
In game two, the Rattlers scored twice in the top of the first inning on a two-out, two-run double by pitcher Vianna Gutierrez. It would be all the offense that she would need to get the win in the circle as she twirled a seven hit complete game shutout while striking out nine
The Javelinas put runners in scoring position in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but could never get the key hit, coach Rothbauer said “Once again we just couldn’t execute with runners on and it hurt us.” Amber Cherry led the team with two singles. Lauren Denney was tagged with the loss in her first pitching performance of the year giving up just one earned run in three innings.
Javelina pitcher Lindsey Brown was one of the few bright spots for the team. She pitched eight and one thirds shutout innings coming on for relief duties in both games allowing five hits, two walks and no runs while striking out four. She lowered her earned run average to 0.58.
The Javelinas (6-5) are back in action this weekend in a tournament hosted in Denton, TX. They will play five games in three days.