LAKE CHARLES, LA – The Texas State softball team already has clinched the Southland Conference regular season title, to say nothing of the top seed in the league tournament to be played on their own field. So, they could afford to take a loss. Saturday, they took one.
But the Bobcats also won a game in Saturday’s double header at McNeese State, gaining a split as they prepare for the postseason.
The Bobcats won the opener, 2-0, with Ragan Blake (19-10) pitching another stellar game, a five-hit shutout with seven strikeouts. Texas State Coach Ricci Woodard gave Blake a rest in the second game and the Bobcats lost, 7-6.
Texas State is 34-17 overall and 24-5 in the Southland Conference. McNeese State is 22-34 and 15-13.
“The big thing is to understand we’re still playing for something and so is McNeese State,” said Woodard. “Hopefully, we’ll learn from today and come out tomorrow and get after it for seven innings.”
Texas State scored two runs in the first inning of the opener, all they would need with Blake pitching. Ryan Kos walked with one out, took second on Alex Newton’s single and moved the third on McKenzie Baack’s single (Newton was erased at second on the play). When Baack stole second, Kos came in from third on the throw down. Leah Boatright followed with a double, driving in Baack.
McNeese jumped on Texas State starter Elizabeth Dennis and the Texas State fielders in the second game, scoring two runs in the first inning on a fielding error. McNeese increased its lead to 7-1 in the fifth, scoring three runs when it sent nine hitters to the plate.
Texas State rallied with four runs in the seventh inning, but fell one run short in a 7-6 loss. Baack keyed the rally with a three-run error.
Texas State and McNeese State will complete their three-game series with a double header Sunday at 1 p.m.Email | Print