Wednesday’s mid-week matchup for the Texas State softball team could turn out to be one of the Bobcats’ biggest challenges of the season.
The Texas A&M Aggies, currently ranked 25th in the nation, are set to host the Bobcats for the team’s last non-conference matchup.
The Aggies have an overall 59-10 series advantage, but the Bobcats are on a seven-game winning streak while Texas A&M has dropped its last three matchups this season.
“It’s a good part of the year to be on a win streak,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “One of the reasons you schedule these challenging games at the end of the season is because we want be playing our best ball in May.”
The seven-game win streak for Texas State has included 13 doubles, seven home runs and one triple. The Bobcats are currently batting .294 while their opponents have a .245 average.
Kendall Wiley, junior first baseman, has been the impact player for the Texas State offense this season. Wiley leads the team in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, runs batted in and home runs.
“It’s been fun to watch,” Woodard said. “Some of our games have been won because we’re so offensively sound. When you’ve had almost every single person in the lineup hit a home run at least once this year, that shows that just one swing of a bat can win you the ball game.”
The Aggies are hoping to get back on track following a three-game sweep by Florida, the No. 1 team in the nation.
Texas A&M has put up offensive numbers similar to Texas State’s with a .280 overall batting average. The Aggies have 52 home runs, three fewer than the Bobcats.
Tori Vidales, Aggies freshman infielder, has been a consistent batter for Texas A&M with 17 home runs, 48 runs batted in and a .342 batting average.
The Aggies pitching staff has a 3.57 earned run average. Rachel Fox, Aggies senior pitcher, has a majority of the innings for the defense with 153 strikeouts and 16 home runs allowed.
Wednesday’s matchup will take place at the Aggie Softball Complex.
Texas State will then visit UT-Arlington Saturday for the last conference series of the season with an opportunity to move into third place before the Sun Belt Tournament.
“Our goal is to be playing the best ball when May hits,” Woodard said. “If you look at our last few games, it looks like we’re heading in the right direction. Now we just have to make sure we build on that in these last few games.”
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