The softball team outscored its opponents 28–10 this past weekend in the Centurylink Classic at the Bobcat Softball Stadium, starting the season 3–1.
The Bobcats’ first round of games was delayed because of inclement weather until Saturday when Texas State kicked off its season against Stephen F. Austin. The Bobcats defeated SFA 4-3 despite a late seventh inning push by the Lumberjacks, who scored two runs. The Lumberjacks had the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second before freshman pitcher Kaylee Garner struck out SFA second baseman Taylor Vick to record the save and end the game.
“It was a fun game to play in,” said sophomore second baseman Kelli Baker. “It was kind of nerve-wracking, but I think we needed that to see how we handled the pressure. It worked out well, and we came out with a win.”
Senior pitcher Rayn House pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs. House gave up seven hits, walked two batters and struck out six. Freshman outfielder Kimberlin Naivar scored the first home run for the Bobcats this season in the second inning.
Texas State followed that game with a loss to the only team playing in this weekend’s tournament that had a winning record last season—Ball State.
The Bobcats had an early lead when sophomore first baseman Kendall Wiley singled to right field, scoring Baker from second to take the early 1–0. Texas State took that lead into the top of the fourth when the Cardinals evened the game at 1–1. In the fifth inning, Ball State infielder Jennifer Gilbert hit a two-run homerun to take a 3–1 lead over the Bobcats. The Cardinals scored three more runs that inning and added another in the top of the seventh to win the game 7–2.
Baker had four hits for the Bobcats, scoring one run. Wiley and senior shortstop Jordan Masek each had two hits. Masek scored the other run for the Bobcats.
Sunday, the Bobcats played Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Southern Illinois. The Bobcats did not allow a run Sunday, outscoring both teams 22-0 and run-ruling them in the fifth innings.
Texas State scored two runs in the first inning to obtain an early lead before getting seven in the fourth to make the final score of 9-0 in the first game against Southern Illinois.
Garner pitched for the Bobcats against the Southern Illinois Salukis for five innings, allowing one hit and striking out eight to get the win. Wiley and sophomore catcher Katie Doerre both collected two RBI.
Texas State ended the tournament with a 13–0 victory against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The team had 16 hits led by Baker and Masek, who together had five hits and five RBI in the match. House earned her second win of the weekend against the Islanders.
“We got better as the weekend went on,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “That was our goal at the beginning of the tournament, and we were able to achieve that.”