Texas A&M softball attacked its NCAA Tournament Regional with a mindset to attack, and the scoreboard reflected just that on Friday.
The Aggies (43-10) beat Texas Southern 14-0 in 5 innings to advance to play Texas State at 1:30 p.m. CT on Saturday.
“I wanted us to come out aggressive and take extra bases and put some pressure on their defense,” Aggies coach Jo Evans said. “Our thought is to dominate. If we’re gonna make a run in this postseason, we’re gonna have to do that.”
Texas A&M is the overall No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and the winner of the College Station regional will play the winner of the Knoxville regional in a best-of-three Super Regional next weekend with a trip to the Women’s College World Series on the line.
Tennessee won its game on Friday 5-0 and plays USC-Upstate on Saturday.
Texas State (42-15) knocked off traditional powerhouse Texas (31-25) by a 2-1 count in 12 innings on Friday, relegating the Longhorns into the losers’ bracket of the College Station regional.
The Bobcats won on Taylor Webb’s walk-off double and gave Texas State its first 1-0 start in NCAA regional play since 2009, when it beat Northwestern in the Waco Regional.
Texas A&M beat Texas State 5-1 earlier this season on March 29 in College Station in a game pitched by the Aggies’ Samantha Show.
On Friday, it was Texas A&M’s Lexi Smith (12-1) back in the pitching circle for the first time in nearly two weeks (May 6), and Smith dialed in with a complete-game, 2-hit victory.
“I just focused on getting ahead of hitters and throwing my game and staying relaxed,” said Smith, who fanned 9 batters. “ I hadn’t thrown in a while, so I was excited to get back out there. I was loose and relaxed and that helped a lot.”
Texas plays Texas Southern at 4 p.m. CT in an elimination game, with the winner advancing to play at 6:30 p.m. CT against the loser of the Texas A&M-Texas State game.
The action Sunday begins at 1:30 p.m. with a 4 p.m. game if necessary.