Bobcats advance to 13-8 in Gulf Coast Classic

Sports Reporter

The Texas State softball team went 2-3 in its final tournament of the season over the weekend during the Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic to advance the team’s overall record to 13-8.

“We were pretty up and down and inconsistent throughout the tournament,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “We started off playing well, but lost some of that energy as the weekend went on.”

The Bobcats opened the tournament Friday with a 2-0 win against Memphis. Both runs came in the top of the fifth inning with an RBI single up the middle by Jordan Masek, senior shortstop, to score Lexi Fryar, freshman catcher.

The next batter for the Bobcats was Kelli Baker, sophomore second baseman, who hit an RBI double into left field to score Masek, giving Texas State the victory.

Rayn House, senior pitcher, earned her ninth win of the season, throwing her fifth complete game shutout for the Bobcats. House gave up five hits, four walks and struck out six during the game.

The Bobcats played Ohio and No. 12 Baylor Saturday afternoon.

Texas State defeated the Ohio Bobcats in extra innings 3-2 to earn its 13th win of the season. All of the runs scored by Texas State were from home runs. In the top of the fourth inning, Courtney Harris, junior third baseman, hit a leadoff solo home run to put the Bobcats on top 1-0.

Adrienne Gebele, Ohio right fielder, tied the game back up in the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo homer to right center field. The game remained tied until the eighth inning when Kortney Koroll, junior designated player, hit her team-leading fourth home run of the season. Koroll’s 2-run home run to right field gave the Bobcats a 3-1 lead.

Ohio scored one more run in the bottom of the eighth inning, but it was not enough to earn the victory, giving Texas State a 3-2 win.

House earned her tenth win of the season and threw 13 strikeouts in the matchup. House moved her strikeout total to 96 after the victory over Ohio, exceeding the 86 she had last season. She leads the Sun Belt Conference in strikeouts.

“Her growth is incomparable to any athlete I’ve ever seen over the span of one year,” Woodard said.  

Texas State lost its second game of the day to No. 12 Baylor in five innings. The Bobcats were run-ruled for the first time this season. Baylor gained the early lead by scoring all of its 11 runs in the first four innings, highlighted by a 5-run second inning.

Ashley Wright, sophomore pitcher, earned her first loss of the season for the Bobcats, giving up 6 runs in one inning of work. Kaylee Garner, freshman pitcher, came in relief for Wright throwing the rest of the game.

The Bobcats have now lost their third-straight game to Baylor since the 2011 season. Texas State will face the Bears one more time on March 18 in Waco.

Texas State lost its last two games of the tournament and left Mississippi with a three-game losing streak.

The Bobcats lost 6-2 to their former Southland Conference foe Nicholls State Sunday in the first of two games the team played.

Texas State found itself in a hole early in the matchup, down 4-0 in the fourth inning.
The Bobcats added a run on a sacrifice fly by Delia Saucedo, senior left fielder.

Nicholls State added 2 runs in the fifth inning to extend its lead 6-1. The Bobcats lost the game 6-2 and went on to face the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

The Bobcats took an early 1-0 lead after an RBI single by Harris to score Baker in the first inning. Mississippi State tied the game an inning later on an RBI double by Ashley Phillips, Bulldogs center fielder.

House gave up a RBI single to Caroline Seitz, Bulldogs shortstop, in the fifth inning that proved to be the game-deciding run. House earned her fourth loss of the season to move to 10-4 overall.