Softball defeats Iowa 4-0 Wednesday night at home

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The Texas State softball team celebrates its win against Iowa March 19 at Bobcat Softball Stadium.

The Texas State softball team won its 18th game of the season Wednesday night against Iowa 4-0, matching the total amount of wins the team had in 2013.  

Rayn House, junior pitcher, threw her eighth complete game shutout and earned her 15th win of the season, giving up two hits and two walks and striking out seven batters. House has pitched nine straight games for the Bobcats since March 5 against Texas A&M.

“I try to go out every game and be loose and do my job,” House said. “It’s really easy when I have an offense that is as great as I do and a defense that is as great as I do. I can trust they’re going to do what they need to do and it takes a load off of my shoulders.”

All of the Bobcats’ runs came in the bottom of the second inning when Katie Doerre, sophomore catcher, hit her third home run of the season, giving Texas State the 1-0 lead.

The Bobcats added two runs when Kelli Baker, sophomore second baseman, hit a single into center field, scoring Bianca Prado, freshman right fielder. Jordan Masek, senior shortstop, came in to score on an error by the center fielder, giving Texas State the 3-0 lead.

Kendall Wiley, sophomore first baseman, followed two batters later with an RBI single, scoring Baker from second and giving the Bobcats their final run of the game.

The Bobcats had eight hits in the game against Iowa after recording one Tuesday night against No. 12 Baylor.

“It was nice to get back on the field after (Tuesday night’s) game,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “(Baylor pitcher Whitney Canion) threw the (ball), and we weren’t going to hit it. It was obvious as the night went on. I thought we did a really good job of coming right back out and getting after it.”

The Bobcats left ten runners stranded, leaving the bases loaded in the first and sixth innings despite having eight hits Wednesday night against Iowa. Baker and Masek both had two hits in the game with each scoring one run apiece.

“I’ve been struggling lately,” Masek said. “I’ve been working hard, but I think as a team we really build off of each other and get confidence from one another.”

Texas State advanced its overall record to 18-12 on the season. The Bobcats will travel to Lubbock this weekend for a three-game series against Texas Tech.

Tech is 9-1 at home this season, and the team has a 23-9 record overall.

The Red Raiders had a 12-game winning streak before losing three straight matches in the San Diego State Classic II last weekend to Long Beach State, San Diego State and Harvard. The Red Raiders were outscored in the tournament 15-5.

Sydni Emanuel, the Raiders’ center fielder, is hitting .439 with a team-leading 47 hits and two home runs along with 16 RBI. Emanuel recently became the second Texas Tech freshman to earn the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week award.
This will be the last weekend before the Bobcats start facing conference teams again, and Woodard likes what she is seeing with her team and where they are at right now.

“For this group that we’re putting out on the field to come out and play aggressively this year, that’s what we’ve asked them to be,” Woodard said. “(Be) confident ball players and get after it and compete. As long as they compete, I will be happy with whatever happens.”