College Softball: Bobcats knocked out of WAC Tournament
RUSTON, La. — Texas State had its work cut out for itself.
If the Bobcats wanted to reach the Western Athletic Conference Tournament final and keep their season alive, they had to win three consecutive games last Friday. Texas State put itself in that position last Wednesday after a 5-0 loss to Texas-San Antonio.
Well, the fourth-seeded Bobcats fought and fought and fought some more. By the time the fourth and final game of last Friday’s slate rolled around, Texas State found itself one game from a date with top-seeded San Jose State in the following afternoon’s championship.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle between the Bobcats and their clash with the Spartans was that of New Mexico State. Texas State had been swept by the Aggies during the regular season and the postseason didn’t provide much relief as New Mexico State knocked the Bobcats out of the WAC Tournament with a 3-1 victory in the semifinal round.
In order to face the Aggies, Texas State had to win two previous games against Louisiana Tech and UT Arlington.
Even though the Bobcats had to wait an extra day to get their hands on the Lady Techsters since inclement weather forced last Thursday’s games to be postponed, Ricci Woodard’s team was prepared. Woodard’s bunch eliminated the host with a 6-1 win.
Texas State jumped out to a 3-0 lead on LA Tech in the first inning and tacked on three more in the fifth. Two of the Bobcats’ first runs came in thanks to a fielder error by the Lady Techsters, but senior first baseman Haley Lemons drove in two of her own with a double.
Freshman pitcher Ashley Wright locked in early against LA Tech and struck out four in a complete-game effort. Wright won her ninth game of the season.
Less than four hours later, Texas State tangled with the Mavericks.
A pair of seniors brought out the big lumber for the Bobcats against UTA, as outfielder Brooke Baker and catcher Macie Hair combined to go 5 for 8 with five RBI. Baker went 3 for 4 with three RBI, while Hair belted her first career home run and later doubled in a run.
Runs didn’t come easy for Texas State in the nightcap, as it couldn’t manufacture much against New Mexico State pitcher Alex Newman. Despite loading the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth when they trailed by two runs, the Bobcats only pushed across one run on a wild pitch.
Texas State ended the season with an 18-38 overall record.