By MICHAEL WRIGHT
SAN ANTONIO – Texas State (26-11, 16-2) swept UTSA (18-18, 13-8) in 3 games Friday and Saturday to extend their lead in the Southland Conference standings. The series matched up two of the top teams in the Southland Conference with the ‘Cats leading the Roadrunners by 1 ½ games. After the sweep, the lead is now 4 ½ games. The Bobcats have now won 8 in a row and 20 of their last 22 games. In game one, Ragan Blake led the ‘Cats to a 5-1 victory, giving up only 1 run on 3 hits. In game two, the Bobcats rallied from 5 runs down to win in 8 innings 8-6. Leah Boatright led the way, going 4 for 5. She had the game winning home run, three doubles and five RBIs for the game. Blake pitched a 2 hit shutout on Saturday to lead the Bobcats to a 4-0 victory and complete the sweep. Jetta Weinheimer led the team from the plate in game three, going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s.
Game one saw the two teams each got a run in the 1st inning. The Bobcats scored when Kristina Tello scored on a balk by the Roadrunner pitcher. Pitcher Ragan Blake got the next 6 Roadrunner batters out in order to hold them scoreless in the 2nd and 3rd innings. The offense then got things going in the 4th to break the tie and scored 3 runs on 4 hits. All 3 runs were scored with 2 outs in the inning. McKenzie Baack go the scoring started after hitting a single, stealing 2nd base and then scoring on a throwing error after Jetta Weinheimer singled. Ashton Peters then brought in 2 runs with a single which scored Taylor Hall and Weinheimer. UTSA left 3 runners on base in their half of the 4th and the score after 4 innings was 4-1 Texas State. The Bobcats returned the favor and stranded 3 in the 5th but got another run in the 7th off of a Baack home run to left field. Blake set the Roadrunners down in order in the 7th to secure the victory. Blake (11-8) gets the win giving up only 1 run on 3 hits while striking out seven. The Bobcats were led at the plate by Baack (3 for 4, 2 runs, 3 RBI’s) and Peters (1 for 3, 2 RBI’s).
Score by Innings R H E
Texas State……… 100 300 1 – 5 7 1
UTSA……………. 100 000 0 – 1 3 4
Texas State struck early in game 2 and put up a run in the 1st inning on a Alex Newton run when Leah Boatright reached on an error. After being held scoreless in the 1st inning, UTSA exploded for 6 runs in the 2nd to take control of the game. Pitcher Elizabeth Dennis came in as a reliever to record the last out of the inning. The Bobcats narrowed the score to 6-2 when Boatright doubled to right field to bring in Kristina Tello. Dennis limited the Roadrunners to 1 hit each inning for their 3rd and 4th innings. Boatright knocked in another run in the 5th inning with a double to right center to score Newton Dennis did not give up a hit to the Roadrunners in the 5th and 6th. Texas State entered the 7th inning down 6-3. Boatright once again doubled which once again scored Newton for the Bobcats 4th run of the game. Taylor Hall singled in McKenzie Baack for the 5th run and Jill Kloesel walked with the bases loaded with two outs to score Hall to tie the game at six. Dennis walked one but did not give up a hit to get the game into extra innings. In the 8th, Boatright once again provided the pop when she homered to left center which also scored Baack to put the Bobcats up 8-6. Dennis gave up a 2 out single to the Roadrunners but got the last batter to ground out to preserve the victory. Dennis got the win and is now 3-0 on the season. She went 6.1 innings and only gave up 3 hits. Newton (3 for 4, 3 runs), Baack (0 for 2, 2 runs) and Boatright (4 for 5, 1 run, 5 RBI’s) led the team offensively.
Score by Innings R H E
Texas State……… 101 010 32 – 8 9 1
UTSA……………. 060 000 00 – 6 9 4
Game 3 which was played on Saturday saw the Bobcats take an early 1-0 lead in the 1st inning when McKenzie Baack scored on a Jetta Weinheimer single. With Ragan Blake on the mound, UTSA was held to 1 hit in the first two innings. Texas State added 3 more runs in the 3rd to bring the score to 4-0. Weinheimer doubled to bring in 2 runs when Leah Boatright and McKenzie Baack scored. Jenna Emery singled to right center to bring in Weinheimer for the 3rd run of the inning. UTSA managed only one more hit and finished with only 2 hits for the game. Texas State threatened in the 4th and 6th innings but left 2 runners on base each inning. Blake picked up her 12th win of the season, going 7 innings while only giving up 2 hits and striking out five. She got the last 11 UTSA batters out in order to get her 5th shutout of the season. Baack (1 for 3, 2 runs), Boatright (2 for 4, 1 run), Weinheimer (3 for 4, 1 run, 3 RBI’s) and Emery (2 for 4, 1 RBI) led the team from the plate.
Score by Innings R H E
Texas State……… 103 000 0 – 4 11 0
UTSA……………. 000 000 0 – 0 2 1
McKenzie Baack who leads the team in batting average coming into the series with a .349 average went 4 for 10 and scored 6 runs while batting in 1 for the series. Baack has now hit safely in 16 of her last 17 games. Alex Newton (5 for 11, 3 runs), Leah Boatright (6 of 13, 2 runs, 5 RBI’s) and Jetta Weiheimer (4 for 9, 2 runs, 3 RBI’s) all had great series at the plate. In the circle, Ragan Blake had a great series. She earned 2 wins, only giving up 1 run on 5 hits and striking out 12 in 14 innings.
Texas State will play a doubleheader against Texas Tech on Tuesday.