By Cristian Delgado
It was a beautiful day to play softball in San Marcos as the Texas State Bobcats matched up against the Sam Houston State Bearkats in a close eighth inning game. The Bobcats came up short with a final score of 4-3. With both teams making plays during critical moments, this game was bound to go down to the wire.
Texas State defense came out strong once again behind another strong performance by the junior pitcher Dalilah Barrera allowing only two hits within the first four innings. This helped build strong momentum for the Bobcats as they looked poised to put this game away early.
The Bobcats had an impressive early offensive start in the first inning with the junior infielder, Hailey MacKay, hitting a single to left center allowing two runs by the junior infielder, Bailee Carter, and junior outfielder, Christiana McDowell, putting the Bobcats up 2-0. The offensive momentum would stall after the first inning as the Bobcats couldn’t get in a rhythm for the next seven innings.
The Sam Houston State Bearkats also couldn’t find their rhythm last night as they were shut out throughout the first four innings until junior infielder, Taylor Fuselier, scored on a wild pitch in the top of the fifth inning. The spark in momentum continued to the top of the sixth inning with the sophomore outfielder, Kayte Martinez, scoring a run after a single to left center hit by the sophomore outfielder, Karlee Canada, to tie the game 2-2 in the top of the seventh inning.
MacKay helped keep the defensive confidence with two incredible catches to keep the Bobcats afloat heading to the eighth inning. ArieAnn Bell came clutch in the bottom of the eighth with an incredible home run to bring the Bobcats closer in a 4-3 game.
With the game being 4-3 in favor of the Bearkats in the bottom of the eighth, Texas State’s sophomore outfielder, Brianna Sannem, looked to tie this game with one final attempt against the Bearkats but would, unfortunately, be struck out swinging resulting in a win for Sam Houston State.
The Texas State Bobcats fall to an overall record of 5-5 after tonight’s loss. Be sure to catch the Bobcats this weekend in their USF tournament against Virginia Tech and the University of Southern Florida with the first matchup starting at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22.
Featured image by Cristian Delgado.