In a rare occasion for a Wednesday game, the Texas State softball team took the role of visitor.
Texas State traveled to College Station to take on the No. 25 Aggies in a non-conference game that ended in a 2-1 loss for the Bobcats. The loss moves Texas State to a 29-20 overall record and snaps a seven-game winning streak.
Coach Ricci Woodard thought both teams had impressive pitching performances but the Bobcats’ lack of offense hurt them in the end.
“Both pitchers did a great job for us, and obviously Rachel Fox (Aggies senior) threw the ball great for them,” Woodard said. “It was a low-scoring game, and we just didn’t make the adjustments offensively that we needed to make to win the ball game.”
Cali Lanphear, Aggies junior outfielder, hit a solo home run in the bottom of first inning that gave Texas A&M an early one-run lead. Lanphear registered two hits for the game, leading all batters for the game.
Texas A&M made the score 2-0 in the bottom of the third when Ashley Walters, Aggies freshman catcher, hit the second solo home run of the game.
Both home runs were scored off of Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher.
The Texas State pitching duo of Rupp and Kaylee Garner, sophomore pitcher, gave up three other hits.
“They did a great job at keeping us in the ball game and giving us a chance to win,” Woodard said. “That’s all we’re looking for right now from our pitchers, is (to) give us a chance to win the ball games.”
The Bobcats offense supplied three hits in the contest from Kelli Baker (junior second baseman) Kortney Koroll (senior designated player) and Kimberlin Naivar (sophomore center fielder).
The lone run scored by Texas State came in the top of the fourth inning when Naivar’s single to center field scored pinch runner Danielle Warne, sophomore outfielder.
The Bobcats could not gain momentum despite the spark, eventually falling to A&M in the low-scoring affair.
Texas State is set to face conference opponent UT-Arlington, which sits at seventh in the Sun Belt Conference standings with an 8-12 record.
Woodard feels her team is moving in the right direction with only a couple of games left until the conference tournament.
“We did some good things,” Woodard said. “I wish we could have swung at the ball more up in the zone offensively, but we didn’t. But I still think we did some good things to keep us in a good spot going into this part of the season.”