Texas State scored the second most runs by a Bobcat team since 2002 in a Southland Conference tournament game as they handled UT Arlington 10-1. Allyce Rother and McKenzie Baack led the charge for Texas State with two home runs worth a total of seven runs.
The Bobcats now advance to face McNeese State tomorrow at 4 p.m. Chandler Hall earned another win as UTA’s Terry Lyles was saddled with the loss.
The Bobcats stepped up their defense and denied the Mavericks a chance of scoring in the top of the first even though they got a runner in scoring position. With the wind blowing out toward left field, Baack stepped up to the plate with two runners on base and hit a shot just over the left field wall to give Texas State the early 3-0 lead. The home run was her fourth of the year.
Texas State kept the hits coming, as Jenna Emery hit a base hit with a single down the left line. Hall hit a single down the middle, and Anna Hernandez singled to left to load up the bases. The wind continued to play a factor in Texas State’s hitting barrage, as Rother hit a grand slam for her first home run of the season over the left field wall. It was also Rother’s first career grand slam.
Hall continued to prevent the Mavericks from scoring, as she only allowed one hit in the second, third and fourth innings.
Baack continued her stellar play, as she reached base on a bunt single. Following her bunt, Emery hit a single to centerfield that brought in Lindsay Matt. Hall then gave herself even more run support with a two run double, putting the game at 10-0.
UTA was able to avoid the shut out in the top of the fifth inning, as Kaiser hit a solo home run to left center and made the game 10-1.
The tournament resumes tomorrow with No. 6 seed Nicholls vs. No. 1 seed Stephen F. Austin at 11 a.m., followed by No. 3 seed UTA vs. No. 5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 1:30. The winners of those two games will face off at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow night.Email | Print