Conexión San Ángelo/ Angelo State University Sports Department, contributor
Photo courtesy of ASU

SAN ANGELO – Angelo State's Danae Bina scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth to complete a dramatic four-run come from behind victory as the Rambelles defeated Texas A&M-Commerce 7-6 in the first game of the Division II South Central Super Regional at Mayer Field.

The Rambelles (50-7) were down to their last out in the bottom of the seventh with runners at first and second. The Lions (42-11) starter Emily Otto had held ASU to just five hits and three runs over 6.2 innings. Taegan Kirk let the first ball go by and fouled off the second pitch. A second ball made the count 2-1. The junior saw the pitch she wanted and sent a ball to right center that got over the fence to tie the game at six. It is Kirk's 15th home run of the season.

With the game tied at six, the game went into extra innings. Morgan Hill, who came in with one out in the sixth, gave up her only hit of the game in the top of the eighth. Texas A&M-Commerce would load the bases with two outs but a grounder to second base ended the threat.

Bina was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the eighth. A wild pitch moved her to second and Mykayla Stroud battled a 3-1 count and put down a bunt to advance Bina to third. Brooke Mangold stepped to the plate and the first pitch hit the backstop and Bina slide home to score the game-winning run and complete the comeback.

"Wow, what a game," Angelo State head softball coach Travis Scott said. "A pitcher's duel early with both teams having an opportunity to score early. Texas A&M-Commerce had the big inning and we found ourselves down 6-3. I told them that I haven't coached a team of quitters and I don't plan on starting now. They didn't and they played hard. We had some great at-bats in the end and both pitchers were really good tonight."

ASU was down 6-2 going into the bottom of the sixth after TAMUC's Kinsie Hebler hit a grand slam with the game tied at two in the fifth inning. Taylor Fogle had a double to left center in the sixth and scored on a RBI single from Karina Rocha to cut the deficit to 6-3.

The Lions struck first with a pair of runs in the third. The Rambelles quickly answered in the bottom half of the inning. Courtney Barnhill sent a ball over the opposite field fence in right field to tie the game at two. It is the sophomore's 14th home run of the season.

Marlett kept TAMUC scoreless in the fourth before the grand slam in the fifth. The senior ended up throwing 5.2 innings striking out three and allowing seven hits.

The bottom of the seventh started as Mangold would be hit with a pitch for the second time. Baiey Wallace hit a fly ball with one out arching towards the right field foul line that was dropped by the TAMUC fielder to allow Mangold to third and keep the inning alive. A strikeout made it two outs to bring Kirk to the plate for the game-tying home run.

Morgan Hill would earn the win in relief, her 25th win of the season, threw 2.1 innings and only gave up one hit and struck out two.

Angelo State will now need one win in the next two games to advance to the NCAA Division II Softball College World Series. Game two is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Mayer Field with the if necessary game starting 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game. The game will be carried locally on KOOL 1001.1 with Jeremy Bryant on the call.

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