By Thomas Mejia
Despite a 30-minute weather delay, the Bobcats were able to pull off their first win of the season by beating Colorado State Rams 7-3. Texas State’s defense was led by a strong performance from junior pitcher Dalilah Barrera.
Through five innings, Barrera only allowed three hits and no earned runs during her Bobcat debut. The transfer from Temple did not allow a hit in the first four innings of the game. The no-hitter was broken up in the fifth inning by an infield single. Barrera also walked one batter while striking out four in her outing.
Runs were provided for Barrera from the offense to secure her first win as a Bobcat. Texas State took a 1-0 lead early in the first inning by a bases loaded walk to junior Bailee Carter. Before the next pitch could happen the rain started picking up at the Bobcat softball stadium which resulted in a weather delay.
However, the delay did not slow down the ‘Cats. Another bases load walk and a RBI single from senior Kennedy Cline helped built the Bobcat’s lead 4-0 after one inning of play. The Bobcats would not lose their lead for the rest of the game.
Cline and second basemen Bailee Carter led the offensive surge for Texas State. Cline went 2 for 4 with three RBIs while Carter went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and crossing the plate twice for the ‘Cats.
After four innings the Rams did a pitching change and put in freshman pitcher Taylor Gilmore. Gilmore pitched three scoreless innings for the Rams and kept the Bobcats hitless for the rest of the game.
Freshman pitcher Cassie Valdez had an opportunity to make her Bobcat debut as well. Colorado State was able to put up runs while Valdez was on the mound. The Rams were able to score three runs off three hits including a two-run homerun over the left field wall. However, Valdez was still able to close the game and earned her first collegiate save.
Next up for the Bobcats is a matchup against North Dakota State tomorrow in Bobcat Softball Stadium at 4 p.m.
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