College Softball: Short-lived joy for the Bobcats in loss to Texas
The winning formula for Texas State is simple.
When Rayn House is pitching well, the Bobcats have enough offense to beat just about anyone in the country.
Whenever House isn’t on her game, Texas State head coach Ricci Woodard is left with few choices: Leave House in or turn to the bullpen where Kaylee Garner and Ashley Wright haven’t instilled much confidence.
Such a quandary confronted Woodard in Wednesday night’s 15-6, six-inning loss to Texas inside Bobcat Softball Stadium.
“Right now, I don’t have any options after her,” Woodard said. “We go with Rayn as long as we can. We know somebody has got to come in and do the job. Right now, it’s not getting done.”
Even with all of those pitching problems, Texas State (22-27) found itself six outs from its first win over the Longhorns since 2010. The Bobcats held a 6-4 lead when the sixth inning began.
After UT starter Tiarra Davis didn’t allow a single baserunner for the first two innings, Katie Doerre launched a solo home run in the bottom of the third. Doerre’s home run — her seventh of the season — started an inning where Texas State erased a 3-0 deficit with five runs.
In the next inning, Delia Saucedo sent a Gabby Smith pitch over the left-field wall to again give the Bobcats a two-run advantage at 6-4.
Texas State had another golden chance in the fifth with the bases loaded and one out. Nothing came of it as Smith struck out Kimberlin Naivar and jammed Kelli Baker, who flew out, to end the threat.
Woodard summed up what happened next.
“Rayn got tired,” Woodard said of the sixth inning. “We didn’t make a couple of plays — and all hell broke loose.”
It was in that frame where the Longhorns finally got to House, who pitched out of jams all night. UT plated 11 runs, a school record for one inning, in the sixth as the pitching circle turned into a revolving door for Texas State.
Woodard went from House to Garner to Wright as the Longhorns sent 16 batters to the plate.
Taylor Thom started the trouble off with a walk and scored on a sacrifice fly by Davis to cut UT’s deficit to one at 6-5. The Longhorns used a Mandy Ogle double and Devon Tunning single to go ahead by a score of 7-6.
The visitors plated eight more runs in the inning, all of which were unearned, as the Bobcat defense made matters worse with an error and two illegal pitches.
House, who surrendered 10 hits and 10 runs over 5 2/3 innings, dropped to 19-17 on the season.
Bobcat Notes: Texas State held its annual Strikeout Cancer game Wednesday night inside Bobcat Softball Stadium. Longtime head athletic trainer David Gish, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer, threw out the first pitch.
— Joe Vozzelli, Daily Record Sports