LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – The McNeese State Cowgirls were eliminated from the NCAA Regional Softball Tournament this afternoon, loosing to the Texas A&M Aggies 2-0.
The Cowgirls struggled at the plate, only producing three hits, while the Aggies only had seven and one unearned run.
The Aggies scored their first run in the second inning on an error by Cowgirl third baseman Dani Price. Later in the fourth, with the bases loaded they scored their second run on a sacrifice fly. The Cowgirls scoring opportunities were lost in first and third innings.
Cowgirls Head coach Natalie Poole stated "We came out today ready to play and anticipating a great game, and I felt like it was a good game and I just feel like we just couldn't put our hits together."
Despite ending the season on a loss, the Cowgirls are proud of how the finished this year. The pokes made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2005. They also set a new school record with 38 wins on the season.
Cowgirls Pitcher Kayla Shepherd stated, "These are three teams people have watched, during the years past, come to this and get further and go to the World Series, and they see how good of a team they are so we were lucky to have the opportunity to be in the region with them and to play them. It's an experience that many teams don't get."
"To be able to get to this NCAA regional we had to beat teams who had beat us earlier in the season and so I think that it shows that even if you get beat early you have the ability to go after a team when it matters," said Poole. "I believe that these girls will learn to stay positive because we went through some ups and downs to get even to the point that we are."