The Texas State softball team will take on Houston Baptist for the third time in school history Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Bobcat Softball Stadium.
The Bobcats defeated the Huskies twice when they met for a double header in 2012. Houston Baptist is coming to San Marcos with a 2-2 record after opening its season last weekend in the Lady Techster Tournament at Louisiana Tech. Huskies senior pitcher Kendall Stiefel threw the fifth perfect game in Houston Baptist school history against Louisiana Tech, leading the team to an 8-0 win.
The Bobcats went 3-1 over the weekend in the CenturyLink Classic where they outscored their opponents 28-10. Leading the team in hitting was sophomore first baseman Kendall Wiley with a .667 batting average, a home run, five RBI and four runs scored over the weekend.
Senior shortstop Jordan Masek and sophomore second baseman Kelli Baker are both hitting .500 to begin the season. Baker leads the team in hits with seven and has scored five runs.
“We want to stay on top of our game and keep working hard every day at practice,” Baker said. “(We are) keeping a high level of confidence and having fun, because that’s what makes the biggest difference out there.”
The Huskies are coming into the matchup hitting .325 as a team. Sophomore infielder Shay Orsak is hitting .571 this season with eight hits, three doubles, one home run and five RBI, sitting on top in all of the former categories.
Huskies senior utility infielder Lauren Schwirtlich is batting .500 with seven hits and adding seven runs.
“We’re going to keep staying aggressive,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “As long as we’re staying aggressive we’re going to have the upper hand. By doing that we should try and score early and finish strong.”
Texas State is hoping to continue the winning momentum. Compared to last season when the Bobcats went 2-13 in their first 15 games, the team’s 3-1 start already shows improvement.The team is 11-1 including fall ball where the Bobcats went 8-0.
“It’s a 100 percent difference,” Baker said. “We’re starting off totally new, and coming off of the fall where we went 8-0, we had a lot of confidence. The talent is here. We’re working hard, so we’re expecting some good things this season.”