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April 11th, 2008
Softball Hosts Northwestern State In Weekend Series

By CHRIS RILEY
Assistant Media Relations Director

Texas State looks to extend SLC win streak

SAN MARCOS – Back home after five straight road games, the Texas State softball team will try to extend its lead in the Southland Conference standings with a three-game series against Northwestern State beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 12, at 1 p.m. followed by the series finale at noon on Sunday, Apr. 13.

The Bobcats (26-13, 16-2) dropped both games of a doubleheader at Texas Tech on Tuesday, but a sweep last weekend over UTSA leaves the ‘Cats in first place in the SLC with a 2.5 game lead over Stephen F. Austin.

The trio of Jetta Weinheimer, Leah Boatright and McKenzie Baack has fueled Texas State’s offense in the past five games, combining for six home runs and 17 of the Bobcats’ 22 RBIs over the stretch. Of their 21 combined hits in the five games, 13 have gone for extra bases. Baack currently leads Texas State with six home runs and a .353 average on the season while Boatright has 10 doubles.

Ragan Blake looks to extend her scoreless inning streak in the circle after pitching 13 straight shutout innings against the Roadrunners. Blake ranks second in the SLC in strikeouts with 128 while posting a 12-8 record and 2.50 ERA. Katie Garnett has struggled her last two outings but is still 11-4 with a team-best 2.24 ERA in 103.0 innings.

Northwestern State (8-34, 4-17 SLC) snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over Louisiana Tech on Wednesday, but the Lady Demons sit above only Central Arkansas in the SLC cellar.

Amanda Jameson leads the team in RBIs with 18 while Randi Stuard leads Northwestern State with three homers and a .288 average. Katey Barr and Sarah Dornelas anchor the pitching staff. Dornelas leads the conference in appearances with 39 but is 6-18 with a 7.41 ERA in 21 starts. Barr has started 14 games, going 2-11 with a 6.47 ERA.

Saturday’s doubleheader will be broadcast live on 89.9 FM KTSW. Sunday’s series finale will also be available to listen to online via Stretch Internet at txstatebobcats.com. Live stats for all three games will also be available at txstatebobcats.com.

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