The Texas State softball team had its best 10–game start in a decade after improving to a 7–3 record at the Campbell/Cartier Classic last weekend in San Diego.
The Bobcats won three out of five games in the tournament. Texas State was one of six teams that participated, including South Dakota, California, California State-Fullerton, Saint Mary’s and San Diego State.
The Bobcats started the tournament with a two-game split against Saint Mary’s and Cal State-Fullerton. Texas State won its first game against Saint Mary’s in a 3-0 shutout.
The Bobcats got on the board early in the first inning against Saint Mary’s when senior shortstop Jordan Masek hit a single through the right side to drive in Timishia North, senior center fielder. Kendall Wiley, sophomore first baseman, hit a single through the right side to score Masek from second base, allowing the Bobcats to take an early 2–0 lead.
“I try to tell myself to stay calm,” Wiley said. “(I) stay in my load and wait for the right pitch to come my way.”
Wiley scored the Bobcats’ third run of the game in the fourth inning when senior catcher Delia Saucedo hit a single up the middle. Senior pitcher Rayn House pitched a complete game shutout to earn her fourth win of the season. House allowed four hits, one walk and struck out eight.
The Bobcats lost their second game of the season in the matchup against the Titans. The team took an early 2–0 lead in the first two innings of the game. However, Cal State-Fullerton scored all four of its runs in the third inning to take a 4–2 lead and win the game. Freshman pitcher Kaylee Garner moved to 1–2 on the season with the loss, giving up four runs and six hits in 2.1 innings.
Texas State swept San Diego State and number 23 California on the second day of tournament play. The Bobcats gave the Aztecs their first and only loss of the tournament. The loss marked the second time the Aztecs have been defeated this season.
Kourtney Koroll, junior utility player, hit a home run in the fifth inning to seal the 4–2 victory for the Bobcats. Sophomore Ashley Wright earned her first win of the season pitching a complete game. Wright gave up four hits, 2 runs and five walks while striking out three.
The Bobcats faced the California Golden Bears for their second matchup of the day. Texas State held a 3–1 lead until the seventh inning when Danielle Henderson, Golden Bears infielder, hit a two-run homer with two outs to tie the game at 3 each.
Sophomore catcher Katie Doerre hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to give the Bobcats a 4–3 victory, moving the team to 7–2 for the season.
“That was a really good team,” Wiley said. “ I feel like the team came together. We had some clutch hits, and we did what we needed to do to win games.”
House earned her fifth win to advance to 5–0 on the season. House pitched the full seven innings, allowing 11 hits, three runs and two walks.
Texas State lost its final match against South Dakota in extra innings. The Bobcats and the Coyotes were tied at two runs apiece in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
The Coyotes scored to make the game 3–2 after a throwing error by the Bobcats in the top of the eighth. Texas State responded in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single by North to score Doerre, sending the game into the ninth inning.
The Coyotes wrapped up the game with four runs to make the score 7-3. Two of those runs came from right fielder Morgan Hancock on a homer in the ninth. Morgan went 4–5 in the game, scoring 3 runs and two RBI.
House earned her first loss in the matchup, falling to 5–1 on the season.