COLLEGE STATION, TX — Texas A&M Softball travels to the University of Houston for its first true road game of the season Wednesday with first pitch slated for 6 p.m. at Cougar Softball Stadium.
A live stream of the game can be seen online at www.uhcougars.com [uhcougars.com]. Zach Taylor and Ashley Walters bring the action to listeners on Willy 1550 in the Bryan-College Station area and online at www.12thMan.com [12thman.com].
The Aggies (9-5) are coming off a 1-2 weekend at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., registering a win over Cal Poly, 4-2. Texas A&M fell to No. 13 Arizona State and No. 17 Oregon and had its games against Nebraska and No. 2 UCLA rained out.
Payton McBride led the Aggies at the plate with four hits, including a double and two RBI. Kelly Martinez added a pair of hits as the junior belted her second homer of the season. McBride recorded the lone win in the circle as the southpaw threw 15.2 innings, giving up 15 hits, six earned runs, four walks with nine strikeouts.
The Maroon & White are led offensively by Riley Sartain and Kelbi Fortenberry, who top the team with .429 and .425 batting averages, respectively. Fortenberry leads the offense with 11 RBI, as Sartain has added four dingers and 10 RBI. As a team, Texas A&M enters the midweek contest ranked in the top 30 nationally in batting average (.325), on-base percentage (.412) and slugging percentage (.512).
In the circle, McBride paces the pitching staff with six wins, which ranks third in the SEC and 19th nationally. Kendall Potts has added two victories and Kayla Poynter has one.
Wednesday's contest marks the 27th meeting between the two teams with the Aggies holding a 19-7 advantage. The Aggies won last year's game, the opening weekend of the season, 5-4, on a walk-off single by Tori Vidales. In the 10 meetings at Houston, the Aggies hold an 8-2 edge.