ASU Staff Report
SAN ANGELO – The Angelo State softball team capped off its non-conference schedule with a doubleheader sweep 6-3 and 15-2 in five innings of St. Edward’s on Wednesday at Mayer Field.
The Rambelles improve to 32-19 on the season and 18-5 against non-conference opponents. ASU held the Hilltoppers to just nine hits in 12.0 innings. St. Edward’s falls to 23-22 overall. The 15 runs are the most in a single game since scoring 18 against Texas Woman’s on May 2, 2014. It is ASU’s seventh run-rule victory of the season.
“I think it was huge making a statement this time of season is big,” Angelo State head softball coach Travis Scott. “Beating a very good pitcher in game one and hitting the ball hard in game two was impressive. It was a lot of fun and something we have been waiting to do. Hopefully we are getting hot at the right time.”
Brandy Marlett once again held an opponent scoreless. She held St. Edward’s to just four hits over six innings of work while striking out eight batters. It is her fifth time in her last seven appearances to hold a team scoreless.
“Brandy continues to throw the ball really well,” Scott said. “It is fun to watch her pitch when she is on. She was huge for us.”
Alexis Evans drew a walk to start the fourth inning and pinch runner Kelly Johnson stole second. After a fielder’s choice, Becky Wilhelm hit a ground ball and Johnson got under the tag as the throw came home for a 2-0 advantage.
The Rambelles offense continued to score in the fifth. Evans drew a bases loaded walk to score Brooke Mangold. The Hilltoppers struggled to find the strike zone walking two and hitting three batters. Kenedy Urbany scored on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch of Wallace while Madison Greenwell and Evans crossed home on wild pitches to increase the lead to 6-0.
St. Edward’s scored three unearned runs in the top of the seventh for the final 6-3. Marlett improved to 15-8 on the season.
The Hilltoppers came out in game two and took an early 2-0 lead after two unearned runs.
Urbany started game two and found a rhythm after the first inning. She allowed one hit in the second inning and it would be the final St. Edward’s would see the rest of the game.
“That is twice Kenedy has thrown the ball really well against St. Edward’s,” Scott said. “She has there number this year. We are going to need her, Morgan and Brandy down the stretch.”
Urbany continued her power surge in the bottom of the second inning. She hit a ball that was a laser over the center field fence for a two-run home run. It is her 11th home run of the season and the fifth in the last 10 games.
The flood gates opened with four more runs continued. Kirk hit a ball down the left field line for a double to score two after Evans scored on a throwing error. Ambra Hill came to the plate for the second time in the inning and singled to short stop to plate Kirk for 8-2 lead after two innings.
The scoring continued in the third inning to increase the advantage to 10-2. Wilhelm sent a single to right field for a RBI and Brooke Mangold singled to score Evans.
The Rambelles added five more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Morgan Hill recorded an RBI with a fielder’s choice and Riley Adams scored on a wild pitch. Robinson drove her second run of the game with a single to left field and Mangold plated two with a single up the middle to make the score 15-2 for a run-rule victory.
It is the most runs scored in a single game this season. ASU had 11 of its 14 players score in game two.
Urbany continued dealing striking out five and only walking three. She only allowed three hits and two unearned runs for her 11th win of the season. She finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored at the plate.
ASU will play its final home games of the season with a four-game LSC series against Cameron