Bobcats split midweek games with UTSA, Baylor

Texas State Softball split its midweek games at home, knocking out I-35 UTSA on Tuesday, 4-0, and then losing to Baylor on Wednesday, 3-0.

The Bobcats entered the board in the first frame of the match with the Roadrunners (7-15, 2-1 Conference USA). Senior catcher Cat Crenek and junior third baseman Sara Vanderford both made one-on-one turns, then made a double steal to qualify for the scoring position. Second-year student Anna Jones was fouled, but second-year key player Claire Ginder scored a single in the center of Krenek.

Jones stood out at the bottom of the third and Ginder followed with a walk. Second-time center-forward Piper Randolph led Jones home with a single in the middle to extend the maroon and gold lead to 2-0.

The hosts added two more scores in the next inning. Lower right athlete Kylie George was preceded by a single, Crenek took a walk and both runners stole a base to move to the scoring position. Vanderford tied for another single that brought both runners, giving Texas a 4-0 lead that would hold the rest of the game.

Second-year right-hand pitcher Jessica Mullins took the victory, allowing three hits, two walking and no running, while scoring nine in 5.2 job innings. RHP sophomore Karsen Pierce cut the last four strokes, keeping the bases clean and opening two.

However, the momentum of Tuesday’s victory did not continue on Wednesday. The Bears (13-9) opened the game with three rows in the first five innings. The Bobcats did not have many runners in the base until the end of the sixth inning. New Year’s pitcher Ciara Trahan drove with a single and Crenek left a cane that Baylor could not reach in time.

After a blow and the selection of a home team, a wild field by the Bears allowed the state of Texas to put two runners in the scoring position. However, the hosts could not bring either of them and went down in the seventh, giving Baylor 3-0. Mullins (8-7, 0-0 Big 12) conceded defeat after giving the whole game, allowing five hits, one walk and three runs while scoring three.

“We just are not playing the way we need to,” head coach Ricci Woodard said in a statement. “I just do not feel that there is a competitive bone in our body right now, so we need to figure it out quickly.”

The Bobcats (13-10, 1-2 Sun Belt) will try to recover this weekend when they face South Alabama (10-13, 3-0) in a three-race road series, starting Friday at 6 p.m. μ.

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