College Softball: Bobcats blanked, 5-0
RUSTON, La. — Texas State fell behind early against UTSA in the first game of the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Tournament and was unable to mount a comeback, as it lost 6-0.
With the loss, the fourth-seeded Bobcats fell to the losers’ bracket of the conference tournament, while the fifth-seeded Roadrunners earned a spot in the winners’ bracket.
UTSA (27-24) used a five-run third inning to take an early lead over Texas State. The Roadrunners started with back-to-back singles by Paige Hamilton and Darian Blake, then Bobcat pitcher Rayn House walked the next two batters and gave up the go-ahead run.
With the bases still loaded and no outs, Jolene Graham hit a grand slam to left-center field to boost UTSA’s lead to 5-0.
Neither team crossed the plate in the next three innings, but that all changed in the seventh. Designated player Samantha Beeson recorded an RBI single for the Roadrunners to extend their lead to 6-0.
Texas State (16-37) wasn’t able to score runs, but it wasn’t due to the lack of hits. Each team had seven hits, yet the Bobcats left nine runners on base.
Freshman outfielder Kelli Baker and senior outfielder Brooke Baker both had a pair of hits to lead Texas State at the plate. Senior first baseman Haley Lemons went 1 for 3 and drew a walk.
House pitched two innings, where she allowed five runs and took her 17th loss of the season. Freshman pitcher Ashley Wright tossed the final five innings where she fanned a pair of batters.
UTSA’s Haylee Staton pitched a complete-game shutout with three strikeouts.
Texas State continues play in the double-elimination WAC Tournament tonight at 7 p.m. The Bobcats will face the loser of No. 2 New Mexico State and No. 3 Louisiana Tech.