The Rambelles' (39-8, 20-4 LSC) win was their fifth straight and clinched the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Lone Star Conference Championship.
As for the 28-13 Wildcats, the loss dropped them into a tie for third place at 14-9 with West Texas A&M and Tarleton State. ACU completes its regular season this weekend at Midwestern State (23-21, 13-11 LSC), and can finish as high as second in the conference and as low as sixth.
Angelo State jumped out to a 2-0 lead on ACU starter Peyton Mosley (11-6) in the second inning after Morgan Spearman slapped a two-out single that plated Amanda Wilhelm and Chelsey Waters, both of whom were walked earlier in the inning. Mosley settled down a bit afterward to deliver three scoreless innings, and watched her team climb back into the game on Lyndi Smith's solo shot in the sixth.
But the Wildcats' apparent momentum all but vanished in the bottom half of the frame as the Rambelles sent 11 women to the plate in expanding their lead to 7-1.
The first four Angelo State hitters all reached base, and then with one out, both Spearman and Taylor Jensen delivered consecutive run-scoring hits that made it a 5-1 game. A second error by the ACU infield pushed ASU's lead to five, and a follow-up sacrifice fly RBI essentially put the game out of reach.
As a result of the two ACU errors, only three of the seven runs charged tonight to Mosley were earned. ASU's Claire Molina won the game opposite Mosley, finishing with six strikeouts.
Junior Kimberly Briggs blasted a two-run home run in the seventh to tie Smith for the team lead in home runs with seven.
Madison Buckley led all Wildcats with two hits.