By Connor MacKinnon
Due to weather conditions, the third game of the season series was canceled. However, Friday there was a double-header against Appalachian State (26-10, 11-3 in Sun-Belt Conference) where Texas State (20-17, 9-5 in Sun-Belt Conference) won game one, 2-0, and the Mountaineers won game two, 2-1.
At the bottom of the third, senior outfielder Mari Cranek hit a triple to left center field. Unfortunately, with Cranek on third base, the ‘Cats had their next three at bat lined out.
Senior outfielder Kennedy Cline broke through the game at the bottom of the fourth with a single with bases loaded, which allowed junior Haleigh Davis and freshman outfielder Molly Damiani to get two runs on the board, making it the final and only scores of the day.
The Mountaineers struggled to get scoring opportunities thanks to sophomore pitcher Meagan King, who tied her season high in strikeouts with seven.
The veteran Cranek lead the offensive unit for the Bobcats with two hits on the day that resulted in one single and one triple.
Cranek was not the only one who had a day, because junior Christiana McDowell tied her career high in hits with 44.
The wind started to blow in the right direction for the Mountaineers as junior utility player Keri White scored the first run of the day at the top of the first. It appeared that the ‘Cats were successful on the double play, but the umpire at home plate reversed the call, which resulted in White getting the run.
If that was not enough for the Bobcats, later in the fifth inning, senior utility player Megan Walker blasted a home run, to make it a 2-0 lead.
The only score of the day for the ‘Cats was from sophomore ArieAnn Bell, who connected on a ball that sailed over for the home run in the seventh inning.
There were plenty of scoring chances for the Bobcats, in fact they had seven chances with players in scoring position and only had one hit.
Up to this point, the Bobcats have won ten in a row against the Mountaineers since they have joined the Sun Belt Conference. This loss marks the first time in program history that Texas State has lost to Appalachian State.
Head Coach Ricci Woodard commented on the team by saying, “It is just a matter of finding the energy and the drive to find a way to win a ball game and I thought they did a much better job of that than we did.”
The ‘Cats will have no problem finding the energy and drive this week as they face off against I-35 rival UTSA. The game will take place at 6 p.m. this coming Wednesday. You can catch all the action on txstatebobcats.com.
Featured photo from Texas State Athletics.