No. 4 Southeastern (48-10) got 7.2 hitless innings from starter Marjorie Johnson, but were unable to keep Texas A&M-Kingsville (32-20) off the board in the eighth inning despite a one-hit performance form the Southeastern pitching staff, falling 3-0 in the opening round of the Lone Star Conference Tournament.
The Savage Storm will now try to fight back through the loser’s bracket, with its first test coming at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday when it faces Cameron, who lost its opener, 11-3 in six innings, to Angelo State.
Johnson was unhittable the entire contest, striking out 16hitters, but she did issue six walks, two of which came in the eighth inning to help the Javelinas load the bases. She was saddled with the loss, dropping to 22-4 on the year.
Jami McAdoo recorded 0.1 innings, entering with the bases loaded and allowing a double that cleared the bases with two outs, with all three runs being charged as unearned to Johnson.
TAMUK’s Courtney Rigamonti nearly matched Johnson’s effort, striking out seven and scattering five hits in picking up her 27th win.
Five different SE hitters picked up hits, all singles.
The Storm came close to breaking the game open in their favor after loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, however, a Jennifer Morales bunt was popped up to the pitcher who doubled off Kristi Goins at third base, ending the SE threat.