By CHRIS RILEY
Assistant Media Relations Director
Baack homers, defense turns triple play in win
WACO – Ryan Kos drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double in the top of the second, and the Bobcat defense recorded a triple play to snuff out a Baylor rally as Texas State (21-11) won its second game of the season over a ranked team with a 4-2 win over No. 18 Baylor (18-9).
“It was an outside pitch that I went with,” said Kos. “It’s a big win for us to beat a ranked team, and it gives us momentum heading into our next few games.”
Ragan Blake (9-8) pitched a complete game, allowing only one earned run on seven hits, walking three and striking out two.
The Bobcats had a chance to score in the first after a walk and catcher’s interference put two on with two outs, but Shaina Brock got a strikeout to end the threat.
Texas State would not come away empty-handed in the second. Ashton Peters roped a one-out single up the middle before Taylor Hall drew a two-out walk. Kristina Tello’s infield single off Brock’s glove loaded the bases for Kos, who drove a 1-2 pitch over the right fielder’s head to the wall that cleared the bases and gave the Bobcats a 3-0 lead.
Baylor looked to answer in the bottom of the inning with a lead-off single. Jordan Daniels then hit a slow grounder down the third base line, and Jenna Emery’s throw could not beat the lead runner to bring the tying run to the plate in KJ Freeland.
Freeland tried to lay down a bunt but popped up to Emery. With the runners going on contact, Emery threw to Ryan Kos covering first for the second out before Kos relayed a throw to Tello at second for the 5-4-8 triple play.
The Bears did bounce back with a run in the third when Kirsten Shortridge hit a fly ball to left. Kelsey Cammarata fought hard to battle a stiff 17 mile per hour wind, but the ball popped out of her glove for what would have been the third out as Meagan Weldon scored from second.
McKenzie Baack got the run back with a line drive shot that just cleared the wall in left center for a solo homer, her third round-tripper of the year, extending the lead to 4-1. Nicole Wesley’s RBI single put the second run on the board for Baylor in the fifth, but Blake worked out of the inning and retired seven of the final eight batters she faced for the win.
Texas State added another insurance run in the top of the seventh when Leah Boatright doubled and scored on a wild pitch.
Brock (1-1) allowed three runs on four hits and two walks in 2.1 innings. Jenny Isham gave up one run in 2.2 innings of relief while Brittany Turner pitched the final two innings for Bears, allowing a run on two hits.
The Bobcats return home but stay in non-conference action with a three game series against New Mexico beginning Friday at 6 p.m.