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February 24th, 2008
Marriott Houston Classic not kind to Texas State softball

By MICHAEL WRIGHT
Sports Reporter

HOUSTON – Texas State‘s softball team won two and lost three at the Marriott Houston Classic this past weekend. The Bobcats (6-9) got wins against Centenary and Boston University in the final weekend tournament before the start of conference play.

Elizabeth Dennis pitched a no hitter for five innings and the Bobcats turned just two hits into two runs to beat Centenary 2-0 in their first game of the tournament. Texas State got their two runs in the 1st inning. Kristina Tello and Alex Newton both walked to lead off the game and both runners moved up a base on a passed ball with only one out. Leah Boatright then came through with a 2 run single. Dennis retired the first 10 batters in order before walking a batter in the fourth. She led off the 6th inning by giving up back to back singles to put runners on the corners with no outs. Ragan Blake came in got the next batter to fly out. Newton threw out the Centenary runner at home on a double steal attempt for the second out. Blake then struck out the next batter to end the inning. Blake came back in the 7th and pitched a scoreless inning. Dennis earned the win with five shutout innings, striking out three to improve to 1-0. Tello and Boatright had the only hits for the Bobcats.

Score by Innings 123 456 7 – R H E
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Texas State 200 000 0 – 2 2 0
Centenary 000 000 0 – 0 3 1
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The Bobcats 2nd game on Friday was against the Jayhawks from Kansas. Texas State took an early 2-0 lead after 2 innings when a wild Kansas throw to first scored Jenna Emery and Ashton Peters. The Jayhawks scored 4 runs over the next three innings to take 4-2 lead which included a 2 run home run in the 3rd inning. The `Cats threatened in the 6th when they had two runners on with 2 outs but failed to get either of the runners home. Katie Garnett took the loss to even her record to 3-3. She lasted 3.1 innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits and stuck out one. Texas State only managed three hits but where led by Alex Newton who went 2 for 4 from the plate.

Score by Innings 123 456 7 – R H E
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Kansas 002 110 0 – 4 5 1
Texas State 020 000 0 – 2 3 0
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Saturdays first game was against Cal State-Northridge. Texas State did not score until the 5th inning. The Bobcats had been held hitless up to that point. Ashton Peters hit a double and then Taylor Hall drove her in with a single to tighten the score to 3-1. The Cal State-Northridge reliever came in and shut the Bobcats down for the next two innings and Texas State fell 4-1 to the Matadors. Ragan Blake took the loss to fall to 1-5. Blake gave up four runs on three hits in 5.1 innings, striking out seven. The `Cats only two hits came from Peters and Hall.

Score by Innings 123 456 7 – R H E
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Cal State Northridge 201 001 0 – 4 3 0
Texas State 000 010 0 – 1 2 0
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Boston University was the opponent for the second game on Saturday. Ali McCormack hit a grand slam to cap a 6 run 1st inning and Texas State cruised to a 7-1 victory. Elizabeth Dennis pitched 5 shutout innings to get the victory and improve her record to 2-0. She gave up 5 hits and struck out one. Kristina Tello (2 for 3, 1 run, 1 RBI), Taylor Hall (2 for 4, 1 run), Jetta Weinheimer (2 for 4, 1 run, 1 RBI) and McCormack (1 for 4, 1 run, 4 RBI’s) led the offense.

Score by Innings 123 456 7 R H E
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Texas State 601 000 0 7 9 2
Boston University 000 000 1 1 9 0
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The final game of the tournament was against the host. The Houston Cougars (14-0) who are ranked 19th in the country hit two home runs and their pitcher threw a one hitter for a 4-0 victory over Texas State. Alex Newton collected the only hit of the game in the 5th inning. Ragan Blake pitched most of the game and went 5.2 innings and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and struck out 3. Blake is now 1-6 on the season.

Score by Innings R H E
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Houston…………. 010 000 3 – 4 4 0
Texas State……… 000 000 0 – 0 1 0
—————————————–Texas State now returns home to open Southland Conference play with a series against Texas-Arlington. The 1st game will be on Tuesday February 26th at 6:00 pm. The 2nd and 3rd games will be on Wednesday at 1 and 3 p.m.
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