One big inning by the No. 9 ranked Aggies spoiled an otherwise strong performance by the Bearkats as Texas A&M defeated Sam Houston 8-3 in a non-conference softball game Wednesday in College Station.

In the third inning of a scoreless game, Aggie catcher Nicole Morgan knocked in two runs with a double, the first baseman Cassie Tysarczyk blasted a three-run homer to right field as Texas A&M jumped in front 5-0.

Sam Houston got two runs back in the top of the fifth as third baseman Shelbi Tucker doubled to right field then scored on a ground ball by second baseman Alyssa Coggins. Left fielder Jessica Slater scored Tucker with an RBI double.

Shortstop Cecilia Castillo hit a solo home run in the sixth inning for Sam Houston's third tally. The home run was Castillo's third of the year.

Haley Baros was the losing pitcher for the Bearkats who now stand 7-10 for the year.

Texas A&M is one of only four undefeated softball teams remaining in NCAA Division I play this season. The Aggies are 18-0, the best start in program history.

Sam Houston now heads to San Antonio for a weekend series with the University of Texas at San Antonio Saturday and Sunday.