COLLEGE STATION (April 24, 2012) -- Four home runs from No. 16 Texas A&M (32-14, 12-6) gave the Aggies a 10-2 win in six innings over No. 25 Baylor (28-17, 5-11) Tuesday night in College Station.
Holly Holl led the offense with two hits, both doubles, while Clare Hosack notched her third home run of the year.
Courtney Repka (14-9) started the game and took the loss, going 2.2 innings, allowing six hits, five runs and two walks. Liz Paul came on and threw 2.1 innings of relief, giving up five hits, five runs, two earned runs, two walks and one strikeout.
The Aggies got on the board early, as Natalie Villarreal led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run to right field for a 1-0 lead.
Repka picked up a couple quick outs in the second before Nicole Morgan and Brittany Walker hit back-to-back singles, allowing Kelsea Orsack to bring them home on an RBI-double.
Baylor notched its first hit with two outs in the fourth on Holly Holl’s team leading 10th double on the year, but Sarah Crockett’s long fly to left was caught on the warning track to strand Holl.
The Aggies struck again with two outs in the fourth when Baylor looked to be out of the inning on a grounder to first, but the flip from Holl went behind Kathy Shelton who was covering second, allowing a run to score from second for a 4-0 lead. With the bases loaded, Liz Paul issued a bases-loaded walk to make the TAMU lead five.
The Lady Bears struck back in the fifth as Hosack hit a two-run blast over the left field wall, her third of the year, making it 5-2. The homer scored Kaitlyn Thuman, who singled up the middle with one out and advanced to second on a stolen base to reach scoring position.
A&M extended its lead in the bottom half of the fifth with a leadoff homer from Garza, making it 6-2. Nicole Morgan then hit a ball to third that was thrown to first, but missed by Holl, and Brittany Walker followed with a two-run shot for an 8-2 advantage.
Baylor attempted a comeback in the sixth when Kayce Walker was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on Holl’s second double of the year, over the head of the center fielder. But both runners were stranded after a strikeout and groundout ended the threat.
The Aggies ended the game in the sixth with a two-run home run from Mel Dumezich.
Dumezich (24-9) earned the win, going 6.0 innings, giving up four hits, two runs, walking none and striking out eight.
Baylor will remain on the road for a three-game series at Oklahoma State beginning on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Stillwater.