Texas A&M slugger Tori Vidales would not be denied Sunday afternoon, hitting a game-tying home run and then bringing home the game-winning runs with an 2-RBI double in the fourth inning.
The Aggies (45-10) defeated rival Texas, 3-1, in the NCAA Softball Tournament Regional championship in College Station. Texas A&M will travel to Tennessee for a best-of-three Super Regional series in softball’s version of the Sweet 16.
Beating the Longhorns (33-26) was just as sweet for the Aggies on Sunday after they had fallen behind 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning.
Texas A&M pitcher Samantha Show (19-6) walked Texas’ Mickenzi Krpec to open the second and it came back to haunt her. A sacrifice bunt moved Krpec to second and Tuesday DerMargosian singled to put runners on first and third, setting up Kaitlyn Washington’s RBI groundout.
Show hung tough, however, scattering 4 hits over the course of the game and not allowing any more scores for the complete-game victory.
It was Vidales’ 17th home run of the season as she continues her late-season tear.
The Aggies now turn their attention to the Lady Vols, a team they played host to in both teams’ regular-season series finale earlier this month.
Texas A&M won the opener the opener, 5-1, before Tennessee bounced back to take the final two, 8-4 and 8-6.
The Lady Vols defeated Longwood by a 3-0 count to win their regional on Sunday in Knoxville.