The Texas State softball team was looking to win the series against UT-Arlington after splitting a double header on Tuesday.
The Bobcats seemingly had the entire package on display Wednesday, as the Bobcats took the game and the series (2-1) beating the Mavericks 8-2 at Bobcat Field. Texas State executed on the mound, in the field, and at the plate.
“I thought we did a really good job of trying to win every pitch today,” Texas State head coach Ricci Woodard said. “I think in the past we have been trying to win the ballgame and we forget about trying to win every pitch, so I think we did a better job of that in these last couple of ball games.”
Texas State improved its record to 5-11 overall and 2-1 in the Southland Conference. UT-Arlington dropped to 10-8 and 1-2 respectively.
Starting on the mound for the Bobcats was sophomore Chandler Hall who only gave up four hits while striking out six in four innings of work to earn the win. She is now 3-5 on the season.
“I felt pretty good,” Hall said. “They were hitting me a little bit, but I just had to keep going at them.”
Hall was replaced in the fifth inning by freshman Anne Marie Taylor who was coming off a shutout victory against the Mavericks Tuesday. In three innings pitched, she allowed four hits while striking out one to earn the save.
“The change was to give the team a different look,” Woodard said. “I thought they both threw the ball well yesterday, so I did not have a problem using both of them today.”
Both Texas State pitchers were the beneficiaries of outstanding defensive play in the field.
“Whenever I am struggling a little bit, it is nice to see them make those great plays,” Hall said. “That is what they did today.”
On one particular play, Bobcat second baseman Anna Hernandez made a diving stop in order to throw out the runner at first in time.
“It was nice to be able to set them down momentum-wise on those great plays,” Woodard said. “Late in the ballgame, those are momentum killers for other teams.”
At the plate, the Bobcats recorded 12 hits, to score eight runs against Maverick pitching. They were lead by junior DP McKenzie Baack and junior third baseman Jenna Emery who each went two for three and combined to bring in seven runs.
Baack highlighted the Texas State offense with a homerun that rocketed over the right-center field wall. It was her first on the season, and one that should carry over momentum throughout the season.
“It was solid contact,” Baack said. “I knew it was coming inside and I just turned on it. It was nice to get the first homerun out of the way and get some confidence in my swing.”
The Bobcats will be back on the diamond when they host Sam Houston State this Saturday and Sunday at Bobcat field.