LAFAYETTE — Texas A&M first baseman Tori Vidales found more relevance in keeping her team’s season alive rather than focus on who they were playing.
That Vidales’ two-run go-ahead single in the fourth inning came at the expense of arch-rival Texas may be fodder for another day.
Vidales snapped a 3-all game with her hit up the middle, sparking a stretch of six unanswered runs to lead No. 2 Texas A&M past No. 3 Texas 9-3 in an elimination game Saturday before a crowd of 1,374 at Lamson Park.
“Right now, it’s all or nothing,” Vidales said. “You’ve got to step up now to make it happen or your season’s over. That was the drive for me. The team needed me, so I felt like that was my opportunity, and I had to take advantage of it.”
Texas A&M, which lost its opening game 5-0 to Texas on Friday, eliminated both No. 4 Boston University (6-0) and Texas within a five-hour span.
The Aggies (39-19) advance to Sunday’s championship round at 3:30 needingto defeat No. 1 seed Louisiana-Lafayette twice to win the NCAA Lafayette Regional and reach next week’s super regional round.
Texas A&M and Texas hadn’t meet since 2012, when the Aggies left the Big 12 to join the Southeastern Conference.
Texas (38-16), which lost 9-1 earlier on Saturday to Louisiana-Lafayette, scored an unearned run in the second and tied the game at 3-3 on Holly Kern’s two-run homer in the third.
Texas A&M rattled off its six straight runs against Texas ace Tiarra Davis, who came in relief of Paige Von Sprecken to start the fourth.
Davis (23-11), who shut out A&M on five hits in Friday’s opener, wasn’t nearly as effective after throwing 152 pitches in Texas’ loss to Louisiana-Lafayette.
Vidales (2-for-2) broke the tie and the Aggies, who registered 10 hits, scored twice in the sixth and seventh innings.
Samantha Show (25-9) was the winning pitcher in both games for A&M, throwing a pair of complete games in the process. She retired 12 of the last 14 Longhorns she faced, walking two and striking out five.