McNeese Eliminated with Losses to A&M, Baylor

first_imgSophomore Alexsandra Flores took the loss to end the season 19-10 overall after giving up six runs on nine hits and six walks. “It was a tough day. (Gia) Rodoni was good today, obviously she no-hits us and she plays well. For me right now its about these two players next to me (Erika Piancastelli and Morgan Catron) and their four other seniors what they have done for our program, the class they played with, dignity, and more importantly they are the most humbled group of individuals I’ve ever been around, said McNeese head coach James Landreneau. Baylor (38-17) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Kyla Walker led the game off with a single to left them moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Walker later scored on a single to left by Jessie Scroggins for the first run of the game. McNeese (41-21) missed a chance to get on the board in the bottom of the inning when Brenique Wright was hit by a pitch then went to second on a wild pitch. Shelbi Strickland and Carleigh Chaumont both drew walks to load the bases with one out. Edwards went down swinging for the second out and McClain popped out to short to end the threat. Erika Piancastelli broke up Rodoni’s perfect game by drawing a one out walk in the bottom of the inning but was later thrown out at second on a fielder’s choice by Morgan Catron. Baylor extended its lead to 6-0 in the top of the sixth with one run crossing the plate on the fourth Cowgirl error of the game and the other scoring on a sacrifice fly. “For me this is still a dream come true,” said Piancastelli as she holds back tears. “Playing for McNeese for four years was hands down the best experience I’ve ever had. To play for these girls and coach James, I’ve made a 360 flip- I’m a different person, I’m a different player. I could never have imagined myself even being here at this moment and being able to experience this with my team and to be able to get this far through the ups and downs we’ve been through just made us closer. I don’t regret a thing and I wouldn’t want it to go any other way. I’m very honored to have McNeese across my chest.” Rodoni ended the day with her fourth career no-hitter to improve to 23-11 on the year. She also picked up nine strikeouts and walked only three. Four McNeese players reached base with Piancastelli, Chaumont and Shelbi Strickland drawing walks while the other Cowgirl base runner was Brenique Wright who was hit by a pitch.center_img The Lady Bears added another run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Hannah Thompson on a long fly ball to left field caught by Edwards saved a potential home run. It wasn’t the way the Cowgirls wanted it to end but they have something to be proud of when they get to looking back on their careers at McNeese. Scroggins gave Baylor a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a RBI double to left field that scored Nicky Dawson. Dawson led the inning off with a walk. Baylor extended its lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning on a close play at home when Shelby Friudenberg flew out to left fielder Taylor Edwards and on the relay, Taylor Ellis slid under the tag of catcher Aubree Turbeville at home. COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The 2018 season came to an end for McNeese softball and the careers of seniors Erika Piancastelli, Shanice Hagler, Shelbi Strickland, Hailey Drew, Morgan Catron, and Carleigh Chaumont Saturday with a 6-0 loss to Baylor in the College Station Regional Tournament. McNeese ends its season with an overall 41-31 record.Earlier, McNeese’s seven-game winning streak came to an end with a 10-1, six inning loss to Texas A&M. “At the end of the day, you always look at the wins and losses and the records but that’s not what we focus on at McNeese,” said Catron. “We focus on memories and relationships that we have made with each other because that is what we will remember down the road. Like Erika said, I wouldn’t trade this experience and this time with anybody. I’m very grateful to have McNeese across my chest.”last_img read more