Texas State to take on Incarnate Word at home

Sports Reporter

Texas State softball will put its 11-5 record to the test Wednesday when the team plays the Incarnate Word Cardinals at home.

The Bobcats are coming into the game after going 3-2 last weekend in the Texas Shootout tournament hosted by North Texas.

Kendall Wiley, sophomore first baseman, said the energy for the Bobcats must be different than it was over the weekend for the team to be successful against the Cardinals.

“We’re going to look to stay in tune with each other through the whole game,” Wiley said. “A big key to our success is to have high energy. If our energy is low, we’ll have to pick it up if we (want) a shot at winning.”

This is Incarnate Word’s first season playing Division I softball. The Cardinals are coming into the game with an 8-7 overall record. The team started the season 8-1, but is currently on a six-game losing streak after going winless last weekend in the UT—El Paso Tournament.

Incarnate Word faced both New Mexico State and UTEP three times each in the tournament, and the Cardinals were outscored 62-14.

Rayn House, senior pitcher, is currently first in the Sun Belt Conference in innings pitched, strikeouts and wins. House has pitched four complete-game shutouts this season but is still looking to improve.

“We’re looking to get better each and every day,” House said. “We’ll look to get better against Incarnate Word and get a jump start into the tournament this weekend in Mississippi.”

Alexandria Alonzo, Incarnate Word infielder, has started 14 of 15 games and is batting a .400 average. Alonzo has 9 runs, 16 hits, 2 homers and 13 RBI. Leading the Cardinals in pitching is freshman Mikaela Flores, who is 4-0 this season with 29 strikeouts and 13 walks.

Texas State is looking to win its third-straight Wednesday game. The Bobcats defeated Houston Baptist in an extra inning walk-off win two weeks ago and run-ruled UTSA 8-0 in five innings last week.

Leading the Bobcats in hitting is Wiley with a .375 batting average and 18 hits, 3 home runs and 13 RBI. Timishia North, senior center fielder, is hitting .346 with 18 hits, 9 runs and nine RBI.

Kortney Koroll, junior designated player, is second on the team with a .463 on-base percentage and leads the team in walks with 12. Koroll has 11 hits and 3 home runs this season.

The Bobcats have won four of their last six games and are looking to add a 12th win, a feat Texas State did not reach until April 19 last season against New
Mexico State.