Texas State moved to 4–1 on the season Wednesday night against Houston Baptist when senior center fielder Timisha North hit a single into right field to score the game-winning run in the eighth inning.
“I was nervous,” North said. “I knew she was going to come again with an inside pitch and that’s when I turned on it and hit a shot past the third baseman. The ball looked like a beach ball to me, so I was pretty excited, and tuned in and ready for it.”
The Huskies opened up the game with back-to-back home runs in the top of the first by sophomore third baseman Shay Orsak and sophomore shortstop Kirsten Schwirtlich. The Bobcats responded in the bottom of the first with a three-run home run to right center field by sophomore first baseman Kendall Wiley taking the lead at 3–2.
“I just told myself to stay calm,” Wiley said. “It just takes one swing. It felt like it took pressure off of the team, and I was glad I could come through for the team on that one.”
The Huskies came back to tie the game 3-3 in the top of the third inning when sophomore center fielder Lauren Schwirtlich scored on a wild pitch after Kirsten Schwirtlich struck out swinging.
Texas State regained the lead in the bottom of the third to make the score 4–3 when sophomore catcher Katie Doerre singled down the left field line to score junior third baseman Courtney Harris. The Bobcats stayed ahead until the top of the seventh when Houston Baptist scored twice to take the 5-4 lead into the bottom of the seventh.
Texas State was able to answer in the seventh when senior left fielder Delia Saucedo hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score junior outfielder Alli Akina to tie the game at 5 each and send the game into extra innings.
“We really work on recognizing if we have a problem,” Wiley said. “I think as a whole unit we recognize, ‘Okay, look, we’re down here, let’s not pout about it. Let’s get it going, get a fire under our butts, and let’s do it.’”
Houston Baptist scored in the top of the eighth on an RBI single by designated player Michaela Granchelli, and the Huskies took a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the inning.
“The mentality of this team is to win ball games,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “They’re going to do whatever they need to do, and they’re not going to quit until it’s over. Their mentality was one of ‘we’re going to figure out how to win the game.’”
Texas State was able to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth on a throwing error by Orsak. The error was a result of a sacrifice bunt attempt by Doerre that ended up scoring freshman pinch runner Danielle Warne, making the score 6-6. Moments later, North hit the game-winning run for Texas State giving the Bobcats a 7-6 victory.
“It was a big win for us,” Wiley said. “At first we weren’t sure if we were going to pull it out. We’ve been winning all season, and that’s all we know right now. If we were to have lost that one, it might’ve (been) a turning point for us, but we came as a team, and we’re one unit.”