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February 15th, 2010
Pitching falls short as Bobcats begin softball season

021410hallTexas State pitcher Chandler Hall struggled through her first weekend of a new softball season. Texas State sports information photo.

STAFF REPORT

Opening its season against a variety of competition during the weekend in the CenturyLink Classic, the Texas State softball team found itself at a loss for pitching depth.

The Bobcats lost four of their five games on their own field against Oklahoma State, New Mexico, Northern Illinois and Texas-Arlington (UTA). The Bobcats allowed a combined 34 runs in the four losses. All four of those opponents scored six or more runs, and two of them scored ten.

Last season, as the Bobcats went to the NCAA Tournament with a 40-18 overall record, they allowed only 114 runs in 58 games. No opponent scored ten on the Bobcats last year, and only five scored six runs or more.

Texas State pitcher Chandler Hall, a freshman sensation last year with a 25-11 record and a 1.17 ERA, found the going tough this past weekend, allowing 16 earned runs in 18 2/3 innings as she dropped two of three decisions. Last year, Hall gave up only 37 earned runs in 221 1/3 innings.

Hall put the Bobcats off to a good start in their opener last Friday, a 3-0 win against Northern Illinois in a complete-game, four-hit shutout. However, Hall allowed ten runs in 3 2.3 innings the next day against Oklahoma State, which smashed three homers in a 10-0 run rule win after five innings.

Later Saturday, Texas State starter Anne Marie Taylor gave up six runs in four innings as New Mexico cruised to an 8-0 run rule win in five innings.

Hall tried it again against Oklahoma State Sunday, but the visitors tagged her for three runs in the third inning and two more in the seventh. Oklahoma State claimed a 6-2 win.

The Texas State bats woke up for 13 hits later in the day against UTA, but the Mavericks roughed up three Texas State pitchers for seven runs in the seventh inning to claim a 10-7 win.

The Bobcats will play this coming weekend in the Littlewoods Classic in Tempe, AZ. Iowa, Illinois State, Rutgers and Arizona State will supply the opposition.

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