College Softball: Bobcats nicked by New Mexico State

Texas State sophomore third baseman Courtney Harris is about to fire a throw to first base during Saturday’s game (Photo by Gerald Castillo).

Texas State head coach Ricci Woodard didn’t want to hear it.

Even though her team lost 3-2 in last Saturday’s series finale against New Mexico State and fell to 0-9 in extra-inning games, Woodard was incredulous as to why someone would bring that statistic up.

“We just battled our asses off with the top team in the conference and that’s your first question to me?” Woodard asked a student reporter who brought up the fact. “What else?”

Instead, Woodard wanted to focus — just like her team had — on competing better than it did a few days earlier against another set of Aggies. Last Tuesday, Texas A&M thrashed the Bobcats 14-0 in a game Woodard called “embarrassing.”

“I didn’t feel like we competed at all against A&M,” Woodard said. “We just kind of showed up. This team is very capable of that and that’s the thing we’re really trying to work on.

“We just need to get out and compete every pitch and I feel like we did that for three ball games this week.”

Texas State (12-32, 7-8 WAC) went to extra innings twice with New Mexico State (32-15, 13-2) last weekend, once in the first game of last Friday’s doubleheader and then again 21 hours later.

“We’re just fighting to get into a conference tournament,” Woodard said. “For the first time, we put three solid ball games together and it gave us a chance to win every single one.”

Missed opportunities, however, plagued Texas State in the series finale. In total, the Bobcats stranded six runners in scoring position.

While the Aggies left 11 on base, they got the big hit when it mattered. New Mexico State second baseman Tehani Kaaihue knocked in the winning run with a single in the eighth inning.

“We had every opportunity to win every one of the game this weekend,” Texas State senior first baseman Haley Lemons said. “We can beat them and could have beat them more than once (Bobcats won the second game of last Friday's doubleheader), so we have no reason not to be confident and to keep battling.”