Softball2009 NCAA Women's College World Series
Senior catcher Erin Glasco scored the only run of the game, a solo home to center field, giving the Aggies a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Each team tallied four hits in the without an error.
The team got through five innings before the rain moved in. After a 1:12 delay, play resumed in the top of the sixth and Texas A&M recorded three quick outs. Although Lehigh put a runner on with one down on a single down the right-field line, it could not tally the equalizer and the Aggies took game one.
Texas A&M moved to 32-20 and winning pitcher Rebecca Arbino (12-7) recorded six strikeouts without a walk. Mountain Hawk Lisa Sweeney (22-9) walked two and struck out one while shouldering the loss. Lehigh dropped to 36-17-1.
Texas A&M will play the winner of the Florida-Florida A&M matchup at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 while Lehigh will take on the loser at 3:30 p.m.
Texas A&M Head Coach Jo Evans
“We have a lot of respect for Lehigh, they knocked us out in the ’06 Regional and we really respect the way that they do things. The way that we played defensively and on the mound against Lehigh, really shows that we came here ready to play. Offensively, we didn’t hit the ball quite as well as we had hoped to. It felt like we had some pitches to hit that we didn’t. We also had a few opportunities with runners in scoring positions that we did not take advantage of.”
Senior Catcher Erin Glasco
“The past few games I had stepped away from my approach of being patient and waiting for it to come to me. Going up there I was being very selective and making sure that I got the right pitch. It worked out for me and I ended up getting a really good pitch to hit.”
“We knew coming in that we couldn’t overlook Lehigh. They have given us trouble in the past few years. We came out and did what we needed to do.”
Lehigh Head Coach Fran Troyan
“I thought that we honestly played toe-to-toe with them the entire time. We had told the team beforehand that we felt the two teams were very evenly well-matched. Our team played very well; very solid defense. Lisa (Sweeney) pitched well and we had a couple opportunities against a team like Texas A&M and that’s all you can ask for. Hopefully we’ll take care of business tomorrow and maybe we’ll get another chance at Texas A&M or somebody else.”
“That is the way softball is supposed to be played…low scoring and well-played. I thought their pitcher pitched very well. Even though we only managed four hits, that’s all they managed. I honestly thought we played even with them.”
Senior Outfielder Alisha Gonzales
“We just need to be able to string our hits together and hopefully that will happen. Things will go our way eventually.”
“A lot of people really stepped up and that’s what we needed, and hopefully next time it will be a ‘W’.”