OXFORD, Miss. - The No. 7 Texas A&M Softball team defeated No. 24 Ole Miss, 4-2, Friday night at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.
The Rebels (21-4, 0-1 SEC) took an early lead in the second, scoring a run on a single to center by Alyssa Gonzalez.
In the third, the Aggies (23-2, 3-1 SEC) responded with two runs to take a 2-1 lead. Texas A&M loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a hit by pitch. Sarah Hudek drove in Tori Vidales on a double off the wall, before Ashley Walters scored on a wild pitch.
Ole Miss evened the game in the fourth, taking advantage of a two-out throwing error, which allowed Sarah Van Schaik to score.
Riley Sartain gave the Maroon and White the lead in the fifth with her fifth home run of the season, blasting a 3-2 pitch over the centerfield wall.
Texas A&M got an insurance run in the seventh as Kaitlyn Alderink led off with a single up the middle and later scored on a Walters double to right center.
Trinity Harrington notched her sixth victory of the season, throwing a three-hit complete game. The Greeley, Colo., native struck out five while giving up one earned run and a walk.
Ole Miss' Morgan Bruce was saddled with the loss to move to 7-1 on the season. Bruce threw 4.1 innings giving up four hits, three runs and walked five.
Game two of the series is slated for a 4:00 p.m. start Saturday, and can be seen on the SEC Network +, available through WatchESPN and the ESPN app and can be heard locally on Willy 1550 AM.
Texas A&M Quotes Head Coach Jo Evans
On tonight's game... "We had opportunities with runners scoring position. We had tough plays that we had to make, and we had a couple that we didn't make. I am really happy to see how we rebounded when we made mistakes. We haven't made very many errors on the season, and tonight we made a couple. I thought Kristen Cuyos showed a lot of moxie. She could have felt bad about herself. She could've made excuses, but she didn't do that. She came right back and made plays. She got opportunities to make plays after that and she took care of business."
On Trinity Harrington's performance... "She was phenomenal. She was on tonight. She threw strikes when she needed to. Her defense was spectacular. I really liked her composure on the mound. She was settled in and she was having fun. Her teammates were taking care of her. A Friday night win on the road is golden, and Trinity Harrington put the team on her back."