Softball still winless on road after 19-7 loss

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The Texas State softball team was defeated by Texas 19-7 Wednesday night, extending its losing streak to four games while remaining winless on the road this season.

The Bobcats gave up a season-high 19 runs and 15 hits to the Longhorns, falling 32-12 all-time against Texas.

“We didn’t keep (the Longhorns) from scoring,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “It’s hard to win games when you can’t keep the ball in the ballpark.”

The Bobcats gave up four home runs in the contest. Taylor Thom, Texas shortstop, led the Longhorns offensively, hitting two home runs in the game while going 3-3 at the plate. Thom scored 3 runs and had seven RBI.

Devon Tunning, Longhorns third baseman, went 3-3 in the game, adding a home run and two RBI.  Texas scored 19 runs against the Bobcats, the most the Longhorns have had against any opponent the team has faced this season.

Gabby Smith, Longhorns pitcher, earned her 10th win of the season. Smith came in to relieve starter Tiarra Davis, Texas pitcher, in the third inning. Smith pitched 2.2 innings, giving up four hits, 2 earned runs while striking out two batters.

The Bobcats collected 10 hits in the ball game off the two Texas pitchers. Courtney Harris, junior third baseman, went 2-2, hitting a double and a home run in the matchup. Harris drove in 2 runs while drawing a walk.

Katie Doerre, sophomore catcher, went 2-3, extending her hit streak to five games. Doerre drove in 1 run and scored on a single by Kendall Wiley, sophomore first baseman. Wiley added two hits for the Bobcats and drove in two runs.

Rayn House, senior pitcher, started the game for Texas State and earned her 12th loss of the season. House pitched 1.2 innings, giving up seven hits and 9 runs while five of them were earned.  

Ashley Wright, sophomore pitcher, relieved House in the second inning. Wright gave up 8 runs, 7 of which were earned over two innings of work. Kaylee Garner, freshman pitcher, threw 0.1 innings in relief of Wright. Garner allowed 2 earned runs on three hits and struck out a batter.

The last time Texas State won a road game was May 3 of last season when the team swept Utah State in a double header.

The next opponent for the Bobcats is No. 10 South Alabama. The Jaguars come into San Marcos with a conference leading 7-0 record. The team has a 5-1 road record and is looking to keep its undefeated record in conference.

South Alabama held a Sun Belt-high 13-game winning streak before losing Tuesday night to No. 1 Alabama 3-0 on the road.

The Bobcats are 11-4 at home this season and dropped to .500 for the first time since the second game of the season.

Woodard said she would wait until Thursday to discuss the upcoming South Alabama game with the team.

“It’s hard to move past a game like this,” Woodard said.