Feb 2, 2014 9:33 PM by Texas A&M Kingsville
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The Texas A&M-Kingsville softball team went 1-1 Sunday on the second day of the St. Mary's Classic downing East Central 12-6 in second game after a 5-3 loss to UTPB.
The Javelinas moved to 1-2 with the split that was delayed by rain. They play two more games on Monday against Texas A&M International and St. Edward's.
In the win over ECU, Adela Gomez belted a grand slam as part of an 8-run eighth inning as the Hoggies rallied from a 6-2 deficit.
In the decisive 8-run fourth, Kingsville combined four hits with three walks and a Tiger error to take control. Before the grand slam by Gomez with two away, Bailey Offill lined an RBI double to left-center field. Jaeleen Castro drove in Offill with a single up the middle.
With two away, Erica Graham walked and Valerie Ramirez reached on an error to load the bases for Gomez, who had an RBI single in the first. Gomez, who had 11 home runs a season ago, drove the ball to left.
The Hoggies added two more unearned runs in the seventh as Taylor McGill and Carynn Gonzales crossed the plate.
ECU had taken the 6-2 lead with six runs in the second as it took advantage of three Hoggie errors.
Ariel Kellogg (1-0) was credited with the win as she tossed 5-1/3 innings of scoreless relief of Kat Tapley. Tapley lasted 1-2/3 innings allowing six runs with just one earned.
In the first game on Sunday, Kingsville twice rallied from behind to UTPB to tie the game before falling 5-3.
Trailing 1-0 in the fourth inning, Val Ramirez singled went to second on a bunt by Graham. After Gomez and Lindsey May were hit by pitches to load the bases, Ramirez scored on a grounder by Gonzales.
The Falcons regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run double by Jennifer Quam.
The Javelinas tied the game at 3-3 in their next at bat. McGill homered to right-center field to start the inning. Offill followed with a single and scored on a single up the middle by Ramirez, who led the team with two hits.
Taylor Clancy gave UTPB the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth with a 2-run double to center.
The Javelinas could not rally again as Holly Herrington held Kingsville without a hit over the final 2-2/3 innings.
Carlie Clark suffered the loss as she allowed four runs on nine hits in four innings of work. Kellogg relieved Clark allowing an unearned run on three hits in two innings of work.