The Texas State softball team recorded one hit against No. 12 Baylor Tuesday night in Waco as the Bobcats lost their 12th game of the season 2-0.
Whitney Canon, Baylor pitcher, earned her 12th win of the season. Canon struck out ten Bobcat batters in the game giving up one hit and one walk.
“She pitched one of the best games I’ve ever seen,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “She threw the ball well, and we couldn’t make the adjustments we needed to make throughout the game.”
Rayn House, senior pitcher, gave up the only runs of the ball game in the bottom of the first. Clare Hosack, Bears catcher, hit a 2-run homer to give Baylor the 2-0 lead.
House earned her seventh loss of the season. House pitched six innings for the Bobcats giving up five hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
“(House) threw really well,” Woodard said. “She gave us a chance to win and did a great job of battling back early on, after giving up the home run, to keep us in the game.”
Kendall Wiley, sophomore first baseman, was the first base-runner for Texas State after drawing a two-out walk in the top of the fourth inning. The Bobcats’ next batter Courtney Harris, junior third baseman, struck out to end the inning for Texas State.
Bianca Prado, freshman right fielder, had the only hit for the Bobcats to break up the no-hitter for Baylor. Prado’s hit came in the top of the sixth inning with a single to right field, but the Bobcats were unable to score.
“I was really shook up early on in the game,” Prado said. “After my first at bat, my nerves started to go away, and I just looked for a good pitch to hit in my next at bat.”
Baylor advanced its overall record to 23-4 on the season, and the Bobcats fell to 17-12.
“Overall I still think we competed really well tonight,” Woodard said. “They battled back after the early home run, and they still had a chance to win till the very end.”
Texas State will take on Iowa Wednesday in San Marcos. The Hawkeyes are coming into the matchup with a 5-12 overall record. The team is 1-7 on the road.
Iowa defeated Texas State in their previous matchup last season 5-4. The Hawkeyes are coming into the contest after a three-game series against Texas. Iowa defeated the Longhorns in one of the three games last weekend.
“We have to do better offensively and look for better pitches to hit,” Prado said.
Kayla Massey, Hawkeye pitcher, leads the team with ten starts. Massey has a 3.19 ERA and a 2-8 record. Massey has given up 60 hits, 35 runs and 24 strikeouts on the season for the Hawkeyes.
Michelle Zoeller, Hawkeye third baseman, comes into the game hitting .302 on the season. Zoeller leads the team with 16 hits and 10 RBI. Zoeller hit a walk-off grand slam Sunday in the Hawkeye’s lone victory against Texas.
Texas State will look to earn its 18th victory against the Hawkeyes matching the total amount of wins the Bobcats had all of last season.