SLC title up for grabs and seniors to be honored
Texas State softball will celebrate the achievements of four seniors as well as a potential Southland Conference regular season championship as the Bobcats (30-16, 20-4 SLC) close out their regular season home schedule with a three-game series against Sam Houston State (29-25, 14-10 SLC), beginning Saturday at 1 p.m.
The series concludes on Sunday at noon, after which seniors Ragan Blake, Kelsey Cammarata, Jill Kloesel and Ashton Peters will be honored. With the ‘Cats currently leading Stephen F. Austin in the SLC standings, Texas State victories paired with Ladyjack losses to UTSA could clinch the regular season title.
The series can also provide revenge against the Bearkats from last season, when Sam Houston State defeated Texas State in the SLC Tournament title game to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Sam Houston State dropped a 10-2 decision to No. 9 Houston its last time out but swept Nicholls State in its last SLC series.
Morgan Mikulin has been a duel threat for the Bearkats, leading the team with seven homers and 35 RBIs while batting .336. Mikulin also pairs with Brandi Crnkovic to lead the Sam Houston State pitching staff and is 14-11 with a 2.02 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 180.1 innings. Crnkovic carries a 2.52 ERA and 15-14 record while tallying 169 strikeouts in 175.1 innings.
Texas State will counter with an offense led by McKenzie Baack, who has belted a team-high six home runs while batting .339 and also drawing 20 walks. RBI leader Ryan Kos has also returned after missing 10 games and has 24 RBIs and seven doubles on the year.
In the circle, Ragan Blake is 15-10 with a 2.60 ERA after an 11-0 loss to No. 5 Texas A&M on Wednesday. She has struck out 154 batters in 158.2 innings while Katie Garnett is 12-5 with a 2.37 ERA.
Both games of Saturday’s doubleheader will be broadcasted on 89.9 FM KTSW and online at txstatebobcats.com while Sunday’s game will be an internet-only broadcast. Live stats will also be available at txstatebobcats.com for the entire series.
By CHRIS RILEY
Assistant Media Relations Director