Softball swept by Tech in three-game series at Lubbock

Sports Reporter

The Texas State softball team was swept by Texas Tech this weekend after giving up the lead in all three games, moving its overall record to 18-15 for the season.  

“We competed off and on throughout the series,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “No part of our game was spot-on. We had both offensive problems and defensive problems. In every game we had the lead at one point, but we were unable to hold onto it throughout the game.”

Rayn House, senior pitcher, earned all three losses over the weekend, making her record 15-10.

Texas Tech won the first game 3-2 with a walk by Kristi Belshe, Red Raider left fielder. House started the first game of the series, pitching 6.2 innings in the loss against Texas Tech. The Bobcats outhit the Red Raiders 9-5 in the matchup, leaving seven runners on base.

Courtney Harris, junior third baseman, singled to score Jordon Masek, senior shortstop, giving the Bobcats the 1-0 lead in the fifth inning. The Red Raiders gained the lead with 2 runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Bianca Prado, freshman right fielder, hit her third home run of the season in the seventh inning to give the Bobcats their second run of the game.   

Texas State lost its second game of the series 7-2, managing just two hits against the Red Raiders. House started the game, giving up eight hits and 5 runs in 5.1 innings. Kaylee Garner, freshman pitcher, came in to relieve, throwing 0.2 innings and giving up three hits and 2 runs.

Texas Tech earned the win with all 7 runs for the Red Raiders coming in the fifth and sixth innings.

The Bobcats lost the final game of the series 5-3. Ashley Wright, sophomore pitcher, started the game, going 4.2 innings and giving up eight hits, 3 runs and three strikeouts.

All three of the Bobcat runs came in the fifth inning, earning the team the 3-1 lead in the game. House came in to relieve Wright with two runners on base in the bottom of the fifth. House gave up a grand slam to Gretchen Aucoin, Red Raider first baseman, after allowing a walk to the first batter to load the bases. The home run gave Texas Tech the 5-3 lead and victory.

“I think we did a good job of battling in all three games,” said Timishia North, senior left fielder. “We never gave up and always found a way to stay in the game. Things just didn’t go our way.”

Texas State now sits in fourth place in the Sun Belt Conference standings. The Bobcats are getting ready to face No. 20 Louisiana this upcoming weekend on the road, and the team is looking to fix the fundamentals of the ball club.

“We need to fix the little things,” North said. “Things such as base running, getting our signs and moving the base runners will help us out a lot as we head into conference.”

Texas State will play former Southland conference foe Lamar on Wednesday night before heading off to play the Ragin’ Cajuns.