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March 20th, 2008
Kos Propels Softball Past Texas 3-1

From University News Service 

Ryan Kos’ night included a two-run triple, RBI single and foul ball to the chin to lead the offense while Ragan Blake worked out of a bases loaded, one out jam in the bottom of the seventh as Texas State (18-10) held on for a 3-1 win over Texas (14-11-2) on Wednesday.

The Longhorns’ Kacie Gaskin drew chalk on a one-out double down the left field line before consecutive walks to Loryn Johnson and Tallie Thrasher loaded the bases. After a dropped pop-up looked to breathe new life into Brittany Barnhill’s at bat, Blake came back to strike the freshman out before inducing Amy Hooks to groundout to short for the game’s final out. A run in the first inning on a Johnson single put Texas up 1-0 after Desiree Williams walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice.

The Bobcats looked to answer in the second with runners on the corners and nobody out thanks to a Leah Boatright walk and McKenzie Baack single. With runners on second and third and one out, Kelsey Cammarata hit a grounder to short that Johnson appeared to throw wide of first to score Boatright, only a Texas State player outside of the dugout was ruled to have touched the live ball, negating the game-tying run and keeping the Bobcats down 1-0.

Kos reversed Texas State’s fortunes in the fifth with the first of two big hits. Ashton Peters drew a walk to lead off the inning, and Taylor Hall kept the inning alive with a two-out infield single to short. Kos followed with a triple to the wall in right center off Texas starter Meagan Denny to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.

In the the top of the seventh another lead off walk led to an insurance run for Texas State. Taylor Hall reached on a fielder’s choice before advancing to third with two-outs via a wild pitch and groundout.

Kos came up and drove in Hall after a scare in the batter’s box. A foul ball came straight up and hit Kos in the chin, sending her to the ground. After being looked at by the Bobcat training staff, Kos stepped back into the box and sent a 2-2 pitch through the left side that plated Hall for a key insurance run.

Blake (8-7) then worked out of her jam in the final frame, allowing only one run in the game on six hits with six walks while striking out seven.

Denny (11-4) took the loss for Texas after giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks. She also struck out nine batters.

Texas State returns to action on Friday with a home series against Nicholls State beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 21.

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