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Laneaux Walks It Off for Series Win over No. 23 Texas A&M
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Laneaux Walks It Off for Series Win over No. 23 Texas A&M

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina softball team (29-12, 6-8) earned a 1-0 walk-off win over 23rd ranked Texas A&M (26-15, 8-9) Saturday afternoon at the Carolina Softball Stadium in front of the fifth largest attendance in Beckham Field history. The win gives the Gamecocks their first SEC series win over the Aggies since 2014 and their second series win over a ranked opponent this season.

Prior to the game, as part of alumnae weekend, Carolina honored the 40th anniversary of the 1983 South Carolina softball team that advanced to the NCAA Women’s College World Series for the first time in program history. Head coach Lou Piel threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

For the Gamecocks, Zoe Laneaux had a career day at the plate, finishing 4-for-4 and drove in the game’s only run. She is the first Carolina player with four hits in a game since Carlie Henderson against Florida Gulf Coast (3/6/2022).

Despite the two sides combining for only nine hits, both teams had multiple scoring opportunities in the game. The first 1-2-3 inning didn’t come until the sixth, when South Carolina reliver Karsen Ochs sat the Aggies down in order.

The Gamecocks advanced a runner to third in the second, third, and fourth innings, but were unable to come through with a run-scoring hit. Texas A&M’s best chance came in the fifth, on a one-out double and a bunt single. But again, it would be Ochs shutting them down, striking out the next batter, before getting a groundout to end the inning.

After a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the seventh by Ochs, the first two Carolina batters were retired. Jordan Fabian started the rally with a single to right center, putting the tying run on base. She would steal second, bringing Laneaux to the plate. Down 0-1 in the count, Laneaux delivered the game-winning hit on a single through the right side of the infield, scoring Fabian from second.

Ochs improved to 7-3 on the season, as she allowed two hits and struck out two in three innings of relief. Starting pitcher Bailey Betenbaugh also allowed two hits over four innings. The combined shutout was the first time the Gamecocks shutout the Aggies since a 1-0 win on March 2, 1996. It was the fifth shutout of the season for the Carolina pitching staff.

South Carolina looks to complete the sweep against the Aggies tomorrow (Apr. 16), with first pitch set for 1 p.m.

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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