By DeShaun Hartley
The last time we saw these two teams take the field was last year in a historic battle to determine who the champion of the conference would be. Flashback to 2018 when the Bobcats had one of, if not the best pitcher in Texas State history, Randi Rupp. The Bobcats had one opportunity to take down the alpha dog of the conference and they converted on that chance capturing their first Sun Belt conference championship in the school’s history.
Fast Forward to today, the 11 ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns walked into Bobcat Stadium with redemption on their minds. They came to handle business and that’s exactly what they did. The visitors from Louisiana started the game off strong scoring three runs in the first two innings, including a homerun from Sarah Hudek. Once the Cajuns acquired the lead, the Bobcats just couldn’t find a rhythm and lost game one of the series 6-1.
What about stories that pull your heartstrings? We got that too. Sadly, Louisiana head coach Gerry Glasco’s daughter, former NCAA softball star, Geri Ann Glasco passed away in a tragic car accident two months ago, and that’s what this team is playing for this season. This game is more than softball and the maroon and gold showed respect by holding a moment of silence in her honor before tonight’s game.
Sophomore pitcher, Meagan King, got the start tonight for the Bobcats, battling hard in the circle, but unfortunately giving up five runs in her 2.1 innings. Her replacement, Krista Jacobs, stepped into the game ready to show her veteran pitching skills. She pitched 4.2 innings and only gave up one run to Louisiana. For the opposing team, All-Sun Belt First Team (2018) and All-Louisiana First team (2018) pitcher, Summer Ellyson would be in the circle for the Ragin’ Cajuns. The junior pitched four innings striking out four Bobcats. Three of her four strikeouts came in the bottom of the second.
The rhythm for this ball club was a big factor in tonight’s loss. Head coach Ricci Woodard said, “We did a great job competing, we just couldn’t get anything going.”
The team struggled tonight batting 4-24 on the night. The one spark for this team was Christiana McDowell who had a phenomenal all-around game on both sides of the ball. McDowell went three for three, blasting her third homerun of the season. On the defensive side of things, the returner for the Bobcats watched a ball fly high in the air with a chance to go yard but the center fielder would deny access to that homer and rob the Cajuns of a run. Her performance was must see even in the loss.
The Bobcats are looking to tie the series against the Ragin’ Cajuns 2 p.m. on March 9 at Bobcat Stadium. Go support your softball team in game two of their first series in the Sun Belt Conference or be sure to stream the game here.
Featured image courtesy of Texas State Athletics.