Dramatic weekend brings us confidence
Howdy from Aggieland!
Wow, what a weekend for Texas A&M softball. I want to start off by thanking our incredible fan base for coming out to the Aggie Softball Complex all weekend. The heat climbed in the south Texas sun, but that didn't stop the 12th Man from making their presence known to the visiting teams and to everyone watching on national television.
I don't think I need to recap our four games because I'm sure most of you saw highlights on ESPN. A run-rule of Penn and two walk-off wins against our former Big 12 opponent Baylor were a picture-perfect way to seal the deal in our home regional. What can we say? We like to finish games in dramatic fashion just to keep y'all on your toes.
How about sophomore pitcher Lauren Ainsley? Because of our powerful offense, I think the media downplayed her importance. I can't say enough positive things about that kid. She showed resiliency Sunday against Baylor and never once doubted herself versus their potent offense. She had two wins and two shutouts on the weekend, plus recorded her second career hit on Friday night against Penn. I'd like to point out that Lo has two career at-bats: a grand slam and a single, with five RBIs. Though she unsuccessfully tried to stretch her single into a double, our team rushed out of the dugout to congratulate her after a somewhat awkward, lanky slide. Lo, you know I love you, but I had to call you out!
As for our offense, I think our bats speak for themselves.
We could not be more proud of the way we took care of business in a talent-stacked regional. Three of the four teams that made the trek to College Station know what it feels like to win in the postseason. We knew we had to play our best ball to take over a regional, and we did just that.
We have all the confidence in the world as we prepare to head to Norman, Okla., to take on OU in super regionals. Yet another SEC/Big 12 matchup is in store. One team stands between Aggie softball and the WCWS, and it's just fitting that OU is the No. 1 seed. Nobody expects us to win against Oklahoma. There's no target on our back in super regionals like there was in our regional. We have nothing to lose, and as Coach Evans would say, "Why not us?"
They call it mayhem for a reason. Gig 'em!