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Complete Team Effort Power Gamecocks Past No. 23 Texas A&M
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Complete Team Effort Power Gamecocks Past No. 23 Texas A&M

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina softball team (28-12, 5-8) defeated No. 23 Texas A&M (26-14, 8-8) 6-2 Friday night (Apr. 14) in game one of their SEC series.

Prior to the game, Carolina kicked off alumnae weekend by recognizing its most recent All-American, Mackenzie Boesel, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Seven different players recorded a hit on the night for the Gamecocks and six different players scored a run.

The Aggies drew first in the first inning on a two-run homerun. Carolina responded with four of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Jordan Fabian, Zoe Laneaux, and Riley Blampied loaded the bases on a hit by pitch, walk, and a bunt single. Aniyah Black delivered a bases clearing double to the right center gap, giving the Gamecocks a lead they would not relinquish. Black scored the fourth run of the inning of a wild pitch when Marissa Gonzalez walked.

In the third, Jen Cummings doubled to right with two outs. Brooke Blankenship followed with an RBI single down the right field line, scoring pinch runner Haley Simpson.

The Gamecocks added to the lead in the fourth when with one out, Emma Sellers connected on her first home run of the season, nearly clearing the netting down the left field line.

The Carolina pitching staff locked in from the second inning on and allowed only two Aggie hits over the final six innings. Karsen Ochs relieved starting pitcher Jori Heard in the second and picked up her sixth victory of the season. She tossed two innings of hitless ball, retiring all six batters she faced.

Donnie Gobourne came on in the fourth and picked up her fifth save of the year for the Gamecocks. She struck out four Aggies and walked two while allowing two hits.

The Gamecocks return to action tomorrow (Apr. 15), for game two against Texas A&M with first pitch set for 2 p.m. on the SEC Network.

For the latest on South Carolina Softball, visit or follow the team’s social media accounts on Twitter @GamecockSoftbll, Facebook /GamecockSoftball, and Instagram @GamecockSoftball.

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