Softball prepares for I-35 rival UTSA

Sports Reporter

The Texas State softball team will host Interstate Highway 35 rival UTSA Wednesday at the Bobcat Softball Stadium for the first time since the Roadrunners defeated the team last season in the WAC championship tournament.

Coach Ricci Woodard has a 27-17 record against UTSA in her 14 seasons of coaching the Bobcats. Texas State has lost the last four meetings against the Roadrunners. The Bobcats’ last win came during the 2012 season when Texas State defeated the Roadrunners 2-1 in the Southland Conference Championship Tournament.

This is the first of two meetings between the ball clubs. The second meeting will be April 9 in San Antonio.

The Bobcats have a 7-3 record, the best ten-game start since regular season play in 2004. The Roadrunners are coming into the matchup with a 4-5 overall record. UTSA started the season on a four-game winning streak that featured an upset win over number-15 Texas. UTSA has not won a game since defeating the Longhorns.

“They’re a team we’ve faced before,” said Kendall Wiley, sophomore first baseman. “I would consider them a rival.”

Wiley is batting a team-high .433, adding 13 hits, seven runs, two home runs, and 10 RBI for the Bobcats this season. She totaled five hits, two home runs and eight RBI in the first innings of games this season.

The Roadrunners are coming into the matchup after Oklahoma State pitcher Simone Freeman threw a five-inning no-hitter against UTSA. The Roadrunners lost the contest 8-0 against the Cowboys.

Roadrunner catcher Megan Low leads the team in batting average hitting .348. Low’s performance in the first week of the season earned her the conference co-player of the week in Conference-USA. She has gone 1-11 at the plate in the Roadrunners five-game losing streak since receiving the award.

UTSA is hitting .233 while allowing its opponents to bat a .273 average.

“It’ll be a good match up,” said sophomore catcher Katie Doerre. “Honestly I feel we can beat anyone if we put our minds to it. I think our whole team feels the same way.”

Texas State senior Rayn House was named the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week going 3-1 over this past week.

House pitched six innings of relief against Houston Baptist on Feb. 12 and picked up a win after throwing a complete game against number-23 California. This season she has a 2.08 ERA and has struck out a team-high 38 batters with a 5-1 overall record.

“We just want to go out there and play with really high energy,” Wiley said. “We just need to stay together, and let the pieces fall into place and we should win.”