Softball readies for next week’s SLC Tournament
One final regular season hurdle remains for the Bobcat softball team as Texas State travels to Lake Charles for a three game series at McNeese State this weekend in both team’s final regular season series that begins with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday followed by the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Texas State (33-16, 23-4 SLC) clinched the regular season title and the top seed in next week’s Southland Conference Tournament hosted by the Bobcats while the Cowgirls (21-33, 14-12 SLC) are still trying to secure at least the No. 4 seed.
McNeese State currently sits in fifth place in the standings, just a half game ahead of Sam Houston State and two back of Texas-Arlington for the fourth spot. However, the Cowgirls are also just two games ahead of Nicholls State, who currently sits eighth.
McKenzie Baack continues to lead Texas State after hitting her seventh home run last weekend against the Bearkats to go along with a .340 average and 20 RBIs. Texas State has gotten production throughout its lineup with six players who have at least 20 RBIs and four with at least 10 extra-base hits.
Ragan Blake pitched well last weekend to continue her hot streak in the circle, allowing only two earned runs in 19 innings while going 3-0 against Sam Houston State. On the season she is 18-10 with a 2.40 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 177.2 innings while Katie Garnett has posted a 12-5 record and a 2.37 ERA.
For McNeese State, Jenny Clay and Molly Guidry anchor the offense with a mix of both power and speed. Both players are tied for the team lead in homers with six and have at least 20 stolen bases apiece. The Cowgirls as a team lead the SLC in steals with 85, and Guidry and Clay rank second and third individually in steals. Clay has also hit an SLC-best 17 doubles while leading McNeese with a .385 average.
Michelle LaVoie and Bethany Stefinsky are the Cowgirls’ top two pitchers, although both have records below .500. LaVoie is 9-12 with a 3.74 ERA while Stefinsky is 8-10 with a 3.98 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 109 innings.
By CHRIS RILEY
Assistant Media Relations Director