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Coralee Ramirez had two hits for Texas State in a 3-2 loss to New Mexico State (Texas State sports information photo).

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State softball team played three tightly contested games this weekend at home against New Mexico State, losing two of three against the first-place team in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).

The Bobcats lost the opener last Friday, 1-0, but came back in the nightcap of that double-header with a 5-4 win. New Mexico State won Saturday’s rubber game, 3-2.

Texas State now is 7-8 in the WAC and 12-33 overall. New Mexico State is 13-2 and 32-15.

The Bobcats are tied for fourth place in the WAC with Louisiana Tech and appear near clinching a spot in the WAC Tournament, which will include six of the league’s eight softball teams. They are three games ahead of seventh-place Utah State (4-11, 10-37) with six league games remaining. The Bobcats will close out their regular season at Utah State May 3-4.

The opener went nine innings before New Mexico State prevailed, 1-0. The Bobcats managed only three hits. Rayn House was the hard-luck losing pitcher for Texas State, falling to 4-14 despite going the distance and allowing only five hits. She walked four and struck out two.

Texas State won the second game about as dramatically, breaking a 4-4 tie with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 5-4 win. The Bobcats held a 4-0 lead before New Mexico State tied it with four runs in the top of the sixth. Kelli Baker broke the tie for Texas State in the bottom of the inning with a single that knocked in Macie Hair from third. Ashley Wright (7-13) pitched six innings for the win, while House pitched the seventh for her third save of the season.

The third game went to New Mexico State, 3-2 in eight innings. Coralee Ramirez led the Bobcats with two of their eight hits. Pitching in relief, House took the loss and dropped to 4-15.

The Bobcats play at Lamar Tuesday (4 p.m.), then return to the WAC with three games at San Jose State this weekend. The Spartans are the league’s second-place team at 12-3 and 34-14.

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