By Krista Pirtle
With only three hits on the evening, the No. 17 Baylor Lady Bears softball team lost on the road to No. 15 Texas A&M 6-1 at the Aggie Softball Complex in College Station.
Senior right fielder Kayce Walker was leadoff for Baylor, hitting .500 against the Aggies so far.
This time she never reached first base, flying out to left field twice and grounding out to the pitcher.
She wasn’t the only one struggling in the batter’s box as the Lady Bears did not get a hit until the top of the fifth.
All six of Texas A&M’s runs were scored with two outs.
The Aggies scored early and never looked back.
In the second inning sophomore Cassie Tysarczyk, who reached on a throwing error, scored on the first hit of the game, a double to right-center by sophomore Amber Garza.
Another RBI single by senior Kelsea Orsak sent Garza home for the 2-0 lead.
The Aggies plated scored two more in the bottom of the fourth to expand their lead to 4-0. Garza and Tyler each drew walks and added a base on a wild pitch. With two outs, Orsak hit her second double of the day and scored Garza and Tyler.
The Lady Bears finally got on the board in the top of the fifth off sophomore first baseman Holly Holl’s double to left center field. She would be brought home off a sacrifice fly to left from freshman shortstop Jordan Strickland, her sixth RBI of the year.
A&M topped it off in bottom of the fifth, with a two out, two run homer by Tysarczyk.
The Lady Bears attempted a comeback in the sixth, as junior Kathy Shelton and senior Megan Turk delivered back-to-back singles, but a strikeout by sophomore Clare Hosack ended the threat.
Defensively, Hosack threw out to runners on the night, with one pickoff and one caught stealing.
Dumezich (15-6) threw five strikeouts and gave up just one earned run on three hits for her third conference victory of the season.
Baylor’s Courtney Repka (10-4) tossed 3 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits and walking two.
Neither of the Lady Bears’ pitchers threw a strikeout through six complete innings.
These two teams will meet again in Waco on Tuesday, April 10 and in College Station on Tuesday, April 24 to determine a winner in the three game series.
As for its next games, Baylor will remain on the road when it travels to No. 12 Missouri for a three-game series with the Tigers beginning on Friday at 6:00 p.m. Saturday’s game will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net beginning at 3:30 p.m.