The Texas State softball team will start the Southland Conference season Tuesday with a 3-10 record after dropping three of four games during the weekend at the Embassy Suites Tulsa Invitational.
On the bright side for Texas State, two of the losses came in extra innings. One such heartbreaker occurred Sunday, when the Bobcats fell, 2-0, to Creighton in eight innings. Texas State starter Chandler Hall had the Blue Jays shut out when she left the game with two out in the eighth, only for reliever Anna Marie Taylor to allow a two-run homer to Creighton’s Renae Sinkler hit a two-run homer.
The Bobcats lost another extra-inning game, 5-4 in eight innings, against Tulsa. Hall allowed five hits through the first six innings and held a 4-1 lead going to the seventh. But three Tulsa hits, two walks and a wild pitch by Chandler allowed the Hurricanes to tie the game, 4-4, and force into extra innings. Tulsa won with a run against Chandler in the eighth.
Texas State won its opener in the tournament, 4-2 against Missouri-Kansas City, on Friday. Hall went the distance for the win, allowing four hits and striking out eight. Leah Boatright hit a two-run homer for Texas State in the fifth inning, while Jenna Emery bashed a solo homer for the Bobcats in the second.
But the Bobcats lost the next day to Eastern Illinois, which took a 4-1 decision after scoring three times in the second inning against Texas State’s Elizabeth Dennis.
Texas State opens the Southland Conference season with a double header Tuesday against Texas-Arlington (UTA) at Bobcat Field. The first pitch is set for 4 p.m. The Bobcats and UTA will take it up again with a single game Wednesday starting at 2 p.m.