By MICHAEL WRIGHT
SAN MARCOS – The Texas State (23-11) softball team swept the New Mexico Lobos (15-12) at home over the weekend. The Bobcats won the game Friday night when Kristina Tello led Texas State to a 4-3 comeback win with the Lobos committing 3 errors in a 4 run 6th inning. Game two on Saturday, the Bobcats got 4 runs in the 5th inning and went on the shut out New Mexico 5-0. Jenna Emery led the team going 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s. Game 3 that was scheduled for Sunday was canceled due to rain Saturday night and Sunday morning. The win on Saturday was the Bobcats 5th consecutive win. These two wins over their Mountain West foe followed a win over Baylor a Big 12 team. Texas State currently leads the Southland Conference and now has an 10-2 record at Bobcat Field.
Game one started off as a pitchers duel. Both teams combined for only 1 base hit and earned only 1 walk through the first 3 innings. New Mexico finally got the scoring going in the 4th when they put up two runs on two hits. The Bobcats threatened in the 4th when they got two runners on base but could not plate either one. After going down in order in the 5th, the ‘Cats entered the 6th still down 2-0. In the 6th, they got things rolling and put up 4 big runs on 3 hits and 3 errors by the Lobos. The first two runs were scored when the Lobos made 2 throwing errors on the same play to bring in Kristina Tello and Ryan Kos to tie the game at 2. Jill Kloesel scored the next run on another error and the last run was scored when Kelsey Cammarata doubled down the left field line to bring in Allyce Rother. New Mexico tried to mount a comeback in the 7th by scoring a run to bring the score to 4-3 but Texas State’s pitcher, Ragan Blake finished her complete game and got out the inning with 2 Lobos still on base. Blake only gave up 3 runs on 5 hits for the game and struck out 7 to raise her record to 10-8 on the season. Tello (1 for 3, 1 run), McKenzie Baack (2 for 2) and Cammarata (1 for 3, 1 RBI) led the Bobcats at the plate for the game.
Score by Innings R H E
New Mexico………. 000 200 1 – 3 5 3
Texas State……… 000 004 X – 4 5 0
The Bobcats were able to get runners on to start game two but were unable to get anyone home. The ‘Cats stranded 7 runners in the first 4 innings. They finally got runners home in the 5th when they plated 4 runners to take a 4-0 lead. Jetta Weinheimer started it off with a 2 run single to bring home McKenzie Baack and Alex Newton. A few batters later, Jenna Emery doubled to right center to bring in Weinheimer and Leah Boatright. Texas State put up their final run of the night in the 6th when Newton scored on a Lobo error to make the score 5-0. Katie Garnett was on the mound to start game 2 and she pitched 6 strong innings only giving up 3 hits to earn her 11th win of the season. The Bobcats were led offensively by Newton (1 for 3, 2 runs), Weinheimer (3 for 4, 1 run, 2 RBI’s, stolen base) and Emery (2 for 3, 2 RBI’s). For the game, New Mexico committed 5 errors which led to all of Texas State’s runs being unearned runs. The Lobos also stranded 11 runners for the game while Texas State stranded 10.
Score by Innings R H E
New Mexico………. 000 000 0 – 0 5 5
Texas State……… 000 041 X – 5 8 1
McKenzie Baack came into the game leading the Bobcats with a .329 batting average. She helped that average by finishing the series going 3 for 4. Baack has now hit safely in 14 of her last 15 games. On the mound, Katie Garnett earned her 11th win while Blake won her 10th. Both rank among the Southland Conference leaders in wins. Garnett improved upon her 2.04 ERA by pitching 6 shutout innings and Blake has now won 9 of her last 11 decisions while striking out 116 in 117.2 innings.
Texas State will resume their Southland Conference schedule with a 3 game series against Texas-San Antonio in San Antonio beginning Friday April 4th.Email | Print