By CHRIS RILEY
Assistant Media Director
Texas State University
Baack goes 3-for-3, scores game-winning run
SAN MARCOS – After being called safe at third thanks to a dropped ball on a force attempt, McKenzie Baack scampered home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth to give Texas State (20-11, 13-2 SLC) a 3-2 comeback win over Nicholls State (13-17, 6-6 SLC).
With the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth, Baack reached on a sharp single up the middle that deflected off Lady Colonel pitcher Krystalin Ensminger. The Bobcats then caught another break on the next batter, as Leah Bland lost Jenna Emery’s fly ball in the sun to put runners on first and second. Kelsey Cammarata stepped in and hit a grounder to short for what appeared to be the second out, but the throw to third was dropped to allow Baack to reach safely and load the bases. Ensminger followed with her wild pitch that gave Texas State the win.
Nicholls State had threatened to take the lead in the top half of the inning when Kodi Butler found the gap in right field with one out, but Alex Newton relayed Jetta Weinheimer’s throw to third base in time for Emery to tag out Butler, who was trying to stretch a double into a triple.
Runs in each of the first two innings gave the Lady Colonels a 2-0 lead they could not hold. In the first Kat Harrell reached on an error before Danielle Clayton brought her in with an RBI single. Nicole Smith doubled the lead in the second when she sent the first pitch of the inning over the left field fence for a solo homer.
Texas State bounced back in the fourth when Leah Boatright reached on a throwing error. Baack smacked a single up the middle to put runners on the corners, and Emery gave the ‘Cats their first run with a sacrifice fly. Cammarata then tied the game with a deep fly ball to straightaway center that went off the wall for an RBI double.
Both teams had opportunities to take the lead in the late innings but came up empty each time. Texas State had runners at second and third in both the fifth and sixth innings, but Ensminger induced groundouts both times to escape trouble.
Nicholls State came up empty after getting two runners on in the sixth when Bobcat starter Katie Garnett, who had been relieved by Ragan Blake, reentered the game and retired the next two Lady Colonel hitters. Newton came up big with her glove in the seventh, diving to her right to snag a line drive with two outs and a runner on second.
Garnett (10-3) remained unbeaten in SLC play after allowing just three hits in 6.2 innings. She allowed two runs, one earned, and struck out one Lady Colonel while walking none.
Ensminger (4-9) took the loss for Nicholls State, pitching 3.1 innings of relieve and allowing no earned runs on four hits and a walk. Audrey Wood started the game for the Lady Colonels, giving up two unearned runs on three hits while striking out three.
Texas State will now step out of conference play for a week, first traveling to No. 15 Baylor on Tuesday at 6:30 before hosting New Mexico at home next weekend.Email | Print