TYLER, Texas - The upset-minded Agnes Scott College softball team ran into a strong pitching staff and active batting and running, as they fell to #3 ranked Texas-Tyler, 8-0, in the first round of the NCAA Regional being hosted by Texas-Tyler. The loss drops the Scotties (10-28) into an elimination game against Texas Lutheran, who were blasted by East Texas Baptist University, 11-0, to begin the Regional featuring three top ten teams.
The Patriots (40-4) exploded for five runs in the second inning, using aggressive baserunning to contribute to their victory, as they stole 6 bases. Agnes Scott was only able to reach base twice in the game, as Kayla Trumbull reached on a walk and on an error, but was stranded on first base both times as the Patriot pitching staff combined for a no-hitter.
The Scotties, fielding a team of 13 first-years and 2 sophomores, played strong defense throughout, and did not commit an error. Kayla Quesenberry had a solid outing in relief, going 2.2 innings and allowing only 2 earned runs against one of the top offenses in the nation.
The Scotties will return to the field tomorrow, as they take on a Texas Luthern squad that is ranked #5 in the nation, but who suffered a blowout loss to East Texas Baptist University, leading to a rematch of the ASC Championship game between ETBU and UT-Tyler, which ETBU won to claim the tournament title of the conference. That game will take place at 11:00 a.m.