Bobcats take 3 of 5 in Texas Shootout at Denton

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The Texas State softball team competed in the Texas Shootout this weekend in Denton, going 3-2 in the tournament and extending its overall record to 11-5.

The Bobcats recorded one hit by Delia Saucedo, senior right fielder, in game one against North Texas. An RBI double by Danielle Hoff, first baseman, in the bottom of the first gave the Mean
Green a 1-0 win.

“I think as a team we couldn’t adjust to the umpires throughout the game,” said Kendall Wiley, sophomore first baseman. “We let them take control of the game instead of making the adjustments we needed to make as the game went on.”

Senior Ashley Kirk pitched the complete game for the Mean Green, giving up one hit, walking five and striking out nine. Rayn House, senior pitcher, recorded her second loss of the season for the Bobcats.

“They came out and had the better day,” House said.

Texas State swept both of its games Friday against Sam Houston State and Abilene Christian.

Timishia North, senior center fielder, hit an RBI double in the top of the third inning to get the Bobcats on the board 1-0 in game one against SHSU. Texas State added 2 more runs in the fourth inning on a throwing error by Sarah Allison, Bearkats shortstop, scoring Alli Akina, junior pinch runner. Lexi Fryar, freshman catcher, scored another run on an RBI sacrifice fly to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth.

The Bearkats gave the Bobcats their final run of the game on an RBI single to right field to score Jordan Masek, senior shortstop, in the top of the seventh inning, giving Texas State a 4-2 win. Kaylee Garner, freshman pitcher, earned her second save of the season. House recorded her seventh win of the season, pitching 5.1 innings, giving up six hits, 2 runs and striking out six in the matchup.

“We cannot be successful without energy,” House said. “We have to bring energy every day, because we all feed off of each other.”

The Bobcats scored all of their runs in the first three innings against Abilene Christian, winning 8-3. Coralee Ramirez, senior right fielder, went 4-4 in the game scoring 2 runs. Wiley went 3-4 in the game adding a run and an RBI.

Texas State defeated Prairie View A&M Saturday afternoon 6-0, giving the Bobcats their 11th win of the season. House earned her eighth victory of the season and struck out a career-high 15 batters against the Panthers. House picked up her fourth complete game shutout of this season. Katie Doerre, sophomore catcher, and Kortney Koroll, junior designated player, both hit 2-run homers in the game.

Texas State closed out the tournament Sunday afternoon with a loss in a rematch against North Texas. The Bobcats had four hits in the game and scored on a home run by Wiley. The Mean Green hit a 2-run home run in the second and added an RBI single in the fourth to seal the victory for North Texas 3-1.

Texas State’s record dropped to 11-5 on the season while the Mean Green earned its 11th-straight victory this season to move to 12-3 overall. North Texas’ Kirk earned the win to move to 6-1 on the season, and House dropped her third game of the season.

“We wanted to dominate (this weekend),” House said. “Our energy wasn’t quite as high, but we did what we needed to do to get three wins. We’ll use this weekend to move on and get better from it.”