Texas State moved into sole possession of the Southland Conference softball lead during the weekend with three straight wins against Central Arkansas at Bobcat Field.
The Bobcats did it with the bats Saturday, sweeping a double header by scores of 4-2 and 7-2. Pitching prevailed Sunday, when the Bobcats won, 1-0, in eight innings.
Freshman Chandler Hall was all but everything for the Bobcats Sunday. In addition to pitching eight innings and allowing only one hit, Hall also drove in the game’s only run with a one-out single to left center field, driving in pinch runner Tamara Keller in the eight inning.
Hall also was the winning pitcher in Saturday’s opener, when she gave up four hits and struck out nine in seven innings of a 4-2 victory. Hall now is 14-6 for the season.
Hall also followed Jenna Emery’s two-run homer in the fourth inning with a solo homer, giving Texas State a 4-0 lead that held up for the rest of the game.
Texas State came back and won the second game Saturday, 7-2, behind four RBI for Leah Boatright. A three-run homer by Boatright in the fourth inning game the Bobcats a 7-1 lead. Katie Garnett picked up the victory by allowing one earned run in her six-inning start.
The Bobcats now are 22-11 overall and 14-4 in the Southland Conference, where Nicholls State and McNeese State are tied for second, each at 11-4.
Texas State will play its next five games outside of the league, two of those at home. The Bobcats will play Texas-El Paso at Bobcat Field Wednesday (2 p.m.), and they’ll also play at home on April 7 against Baylor (6:30 p.m.). In between, they will play three games at New Mexico March 27-29.
The Bobcats will resume league play against Texas-San Antonio at home on April 10.