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April 23rd, 2008
Texas State softball travels to face #5 Aggies

Final nonconference game set for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

The Bobcat softball team will close out the nonconference portion of its schedule with a Wednesday trip to College Station where Texas State will take on No. 5 Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m.

Texas State (30-15) dropped two of three in a series at Stephen F. Austin last week but still sits in first place in the Southland Conference standings. McKenzie Baack and Leah Boatright each continued their hot streaks with extra-inning doubles to drive in the game-winning run in the Bobcats’ 2-1 win.

Baack leads the team with a .345 average and six home runs while Boatright is batting .298 with 12 doubles and 21 RBIs. Alex Newton and Jetta Weinheimer also swing better than .300, and RBI leader Ryan Kos also returned to the field after missing the last 10 games with a knee injury.

Ragan Blake improved to 15-9 in the circle and enters Wednesday’s matchup with a 2.40 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 157.1 innings. Katie Garnett and Elizabeth Dennis round out the Texas State pitching staff with a combined 15-6 record.

Texas A&M (42-7) counters with National Player of the Year candidate Megan Gibson, who leads the team with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs while also topping the Big 12 in several pitching categories. Gibson (27-1) leads the Big 12 in wins, shutouts and innings pitched while ranking second in strikeouts and opponents’ batting average. Rhiannon Kliesing (11-4) has contributed heavily to the Aggies pitching staff too, filling in for an injured Amanda Scarborough.

Fans can listen to the game live at txstatebobcats.com through Stretch Internet, and live stats for Wednesday’s game will also be available via Texas A&M’s website at aggieathletics.com.

By CHRIS RILEY
Assistant Media Relations Director

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