Cameron scores nine in the bottom of the seventh to shock No. 1 West Texas A&M, 9-8

From Cameron Sports Info.
Don Vieth, Sports Information Director

WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Cameron posted one of their biggest upsets and comebacks in program history after coming back from an 8-0 deficit and scored nine runs in the bottom of the seventh to take down #1 West Texas A&M at the Lone Star Conference Showcase on Friday.

The win for Cameron (14-9, 3-5 LSC) was their first in 10 tries against the Lady Buffs (24-3, 5-3 LSC) and fifth in program history.

“We’ve been playing a really tough stretch in the schedule,” said head coach Rodney DeLong. “Our last five games have been against two of the top teams in the country and all of them have been on the road.  This stretch of games will definitely make us better.”

West Texas controlled the game from the start after pocketing a 5-0 lead through five innings; while WT starter Rita Hokianga was in the mist of tossing a perfect game until Breezy McComas punched in a single through the left side to end Hokianga’s bid.

The Lady Buffs plated two more runs in the sixth and another in the seventh to lead 8-0 before Cameron pulled off one of their biggest turnarounds in program history in the bottom of the inning.

Cameron started the inning with two on and no outs before WT made a pitching change with Hokianga being switched out by Hannah Newcomb.  Sonora Zukerman would load the bases with a single before McComas singled up the middle to score CU’s first run of the game.

WT would flip Hokianga and Newcomb in the circle once again before Cameron plated two more runs off of a throwing error by the West Texas leftfielder to make it a 8-3 game.

After a CU strikeout Kelsy Hebert recorded her first hit of the season to load the bases once again.  Cameron batters then went patient at the plate to score three runs off of walks to close the WT gap to 8-6.

Tara Martini kept things going with a double to center field score Misty Dooley and Makenzie Burk to tie the game at eight apiece.  Zukerman then loaded the bases once again for Cameron before McComas’ winning hit off a sacrifice fly to left field to score McKay in from third to complete the CU comeback 9-8.

Sam Betts started the game for CU going 4 1/3 innings while giving up five runs (four earned); Kelsey Watson (7-5) tossed the final 2 2/3 innings with three runs given up.

Martini and McComas both had a pair of hits and RBI for the Aggies.

Cameron will play one more game on Saturday at 12:30 pm against Eastern New Mexico in Wichita Falls.

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