(What follows is a tryout article I wrote for a full-time sports writing job at the McAlester News in Oklahoma. Wish me luck!)
Texas A&M doesn’t need much offense when Mel Dumezich pitches. Combine Dumezich’s dizzying assortment of pitches with some power at the plate, and a softball game can easily become a slaughter.
The Aggies homered four times off Longhorn starter Kim Bruins – twice by sophomore third baseman Amber Garza – invoking the NCAA’s eight-run rule and powering them to a 9-0 victory in six innings Thursday night at Aggie Softball Complex in College Station. The two teams are now tied for second in the Big 12, each a game behind Oklahoma.
Texas A&M’s offensive explosion began in the second. Sophomore right fielder Cassie Tysarczyk beat out a grounder to first for an infield single, followed by a full-count walk from Dumezich. Bruins then left too much of a 1-1 screwball to Garza over the plate, and Garza crushed the ball to left-center for a 3-0 lead.
Bruins repeated the same mistake four pitches later, and sophomore first baseman Nicole Morgan deposited a 1-2 screwball in almost exactly the same spot Garza had. The 4-0 lead turned out to be more than enough for Dumezich, who struck out five in six scoreless innings.