By MICHAEL WRIGHT
HAMMOND, La. – Texas State‘s softball team improved their record to 14-10 overall and 8-1 in conference play over the weekend. The Bobcats took 2 out of 3 against Southeastern Louisiana (16-6, 6-3). The ‘Cats won big in the doubleheader on Saturday by outscoring the Lions 25-1. Sunday’s game was a lot closer and the Lions handed the Bobcats their 1st conference loss of the season by the score of 3-1.
In the opening game of the series, Texas State scored first when Leah Boatright scored after McKenzie Baack hit a single in the 2nd inning to make the score 1-0. The Bobcats got another run in the 4th to make the score 2-0. Alex Newton hit a one out double and then scored on Ali McCormack‘s single. In the 5th, Texas State added another when Kristina Tello doubled to bring in Ashton Peters. The Bobcat 6th inning turned into a hit parade. They scored 12 runs on 8 hits to take a 15-0 lead. Newton led it off with a single and scored on Boatright’s single. Baack stepped up next and hit a 2 run home run to score Boatright. Peters then scored when Tello earned a bases loaded walk. Jenna Emery singled next to bring in Taylor Hall. Newton made the 2nd out of the inning with a groundout to third that scored Lacey Duncan. McCormack followed that up with a 2 run single to score Emery and Tello. The score at this point was 11-0. With 2 outs the Bobcats loaded the bases for Kelsey Cammarata who hit a pinch hit grand slam to make the score 15-0. The next batter struck out to finally end the inning. Ragan Blake struck out two Lions in their half of the 6th to end the game. Blake ended the game with a 2 hitter, struck out 10 and earned her 6th win of the season. Tello (1 for 3, 1 run, 2 RBI’s), Emory (1 for 1, 1 run, 1 RBI), Newton (2 for 4, 2 runs, 1 RBI), McCormack (2 for 4, 1 run, 3 RBI’s), Boatright (2 for 4, 3 runs, 1 RBI), Baack (3 for 4, 2 runs, 3 RBI’s), Peters (0 for 1, 2 runs) and Cammarata (1 for 1, 1 run, 4 RBI’s) were the leaders at the plate.
Score by Innings R H E
Texas State……… 010 11(12) – 15 12 1
Southeastern La….. 000 000 – 0 2 2
The Lions were looking to slow down the Bobcat batters in game #2 and took a 1-0 lead at the end of 2 innings. In the 3rd, the Texas State batters went to work and brought in 2 runs to take a 2-1 lead. Kristina Tello started things off as she crossed the plate on an Alex Newton single. Newton then scored on Ali McCormack’s sacrifice fly. The score going into the 6th inning was still 2-1 Texas State. The ‘Cats put the game away with 5 runs on 5 hits in their half of the 6th. Leah Boatright started the inning off by scoring on a Taylor Hall single. Kelsey Cammarata followed with another single to score Jetta Weinheimer. Taylor Hall scored the 3rd run of the inning when she scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Kos. Newton came up next and doubled down the left field line to score Cammarata. Finally Tello scored on a passed ball to put the score at 7-1 Texas State. Southeastern Louisiana was held scoreless in their half of the 6th and beginning the 7th inning, the Bobcats were at it again. Tello hit a 2 out single to score McKenzie Baack. Jenna Emery and Cammarata both scored on two wild pitches to bring the score to 10-1. Katie Garnett put the Lions down in order in their half of the 7th to end the game. Garnett went the full 7 innings giving up 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 3 to earn her 6th win of the season. Tello (3 for 5, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Newton (2 for 3, 1 run, 1 RBI), Weinheimer (2 for 4, 1 run), Hall (1 for 3, 1 run, 1 RBI) and Cammarata (1 for 2, 2 runs, 1 RBI) were the offensive leaders.
Score by Innings R H E
Texas State……… 002 005 3 – 10 12 1
Southeastern La….. 010 000 0 – 1 6 3
Texas State started the 3rd game on Sunday looking for their 9th consecutive win in conference play. The ‘Cats put up a run in the 2nd when Ashton Peters doubled to left center to bring in McKenzie Baack to make the score 1-0 Texas State. Southeastern Louisiana tied it up in their half of the 2nd inning with a home run. The Bobcat bats were silent for the next 3 innings only getting 1 hit per inning. The Lions scored 2 runs in the 5th on 4 hits to make the score 3-1. Texas State could only get one more runner on base for the game and the game ended with the score 3-1. Ragan Blake took the loss even though she only gave up 3 runs and struck out 5 in 6 innings. Peters led the offensive attack by going 2 for 3 and getting the teams only RBI.
Score by Innings R H E
Texas State……… 010 000 0 – 1 4 1
Southeastern La….. 010 020 X – 3 6 0
Blake finished the series by pitching 12 innings giving up 5 runs and striking out 15 batters. The offense scored 26 points in the 3 game series. Tello (5 for 10, 3 run, 3 RBI’s), Newton (4 for 9, 3 runs, 2 RBI’s) and Cammarata (2 for 6, 3 run, 5 RBI’s) led the offensive attack.
Texas States next series will be at Central Arkansas (2-17, 0-5) beginning Saturday, March 15, at 2 p.m.
Southland Conference Standings
Texas State (8-1)
Sam Houston State (5-2)
Southeastern Louisiana (6-3)
Stephen F. Austin (2-1)
Texas A&M Corpus Christi (5-4)
Nicholls State (4-4)
McNeese State (2-4)
UT Arlington (2-5)
Northwestern State (1-8)
Central Arkansas (0-5)