College Softball: Bobcats host first-place Aggies
Texas State gets its second crack at some Aggies this week and hopefully it goes better than the first time.
Beginning this afternoon, the Bobcats continue Western Athletic Conference play against New Mexico State. Currently, Texas State is 6-6 in the WAC and the first-place Aggies are 11-1.
On Tuesday, nothing went right for the Bobcats in a non-conference tilt versus Texas A&M. Texas State got shelled by the College Station Aggies, 14-0, in front of a solid crowd of 824 fans.
“Today was an embarrassment for us,” Bobcat head coach Ricci Woodard told the University Star after Tuesday’s game. “To have this kind of crowd show up … and us not competing isn’t a good spot for this program to be in right now.”
It might be tough for Texas State to turn it around this weekend, especially since New Mexico State only lost one conference game. Since their 8-4 loss to Louisiana Tech back on March 22, the Aggies rolled off 11 consecutive wins in conference play.
New Mexico State is led by a solid duo in Alex Newman and Staci Rodriguez. Newman (7-1, 1.25 ERA) has been dominant in conference play and Rodriguez is putting together a monster season at the plate (.353 average, 16 home runs, 49 runs batted in).
Looking to counter Newman and Rodriguez for the Bobcats are senior first baseman Haley Lemons and junior pitcher Rayn House. Lemons is batting a team-leading .301 to go along with 12 RBI, while House struck out a team-leading 77 batters thus far.
First pitch for tonight’s doubleheader is set for 4 p.m. Saturday’s single game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.