Texas A&M Press Release
By: Evan Roberts
COLLEGE STATION – Payton McBride was the hero Sunday afternoon as she delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh to send Texas A&M over No. 4 Alabama, 4-3, at Davis Diamond.
The loss is the first of the year for Alabama (33-1, 5-1 SEC), who had tied for the third-best start to a season in NCAA Division I Softball history.
Trailing 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Aggies (18-13, 2-7 SEC) mounted a two-out rally as Morgan Smith dropped in a RBI single in the infield, before Taudrea Sinnie scored on a fielding error to even the game.
The Crimson Tide responded in the seventh by loading the bases with two outs, but Texas A&M starter Kendall Potts got out of the jam with a strikeout. Blake-Ann Fritsch led off the bottom half of the inning with a four-pitch walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Baylee Klingler. Following an intentional walk to Riley Sartain, McBride sent a 1-2 pitch to left to drive in the game-winning run.
Potts earned the sixth win of her junior campaign as she held the Crimson Tide to just four hits and three runs. The Arlington, Texas, native fanned three and walked seven in her third complete game of the season.
McBride and Morgan Smith each recorded multiple hits as Texas A&M outhit Alabama, 8-4.