By Cristian Delgado
Tonight’s game had a chance of showers as the Texas State Bobcats wanted to pour down runs against another in-state opponent, the Houston Cougars. The Bobcats looked to turn their fortune around following two straight losses against the Cougars earlier in the season. After a gaining a sizable lead heading into the seventh inning, the Bobcats couldn’t hold it as the Houston Cougars came back to win 4-3
After a weekend series victory sweep against Georgia Southern, the Bobcats aimed to keep the momentum rolling in this one and they surely did after an impressive early defensive performance.
The Bobcats defense allowed only two hits in the first four innings of the ballgame to stall the Houston Cougar’s ability to get in an offensive rhythm. This gave the Bobcats all the opportunities to get an early lead and they acquired it with senior outfielder, Mari Cranek, scoring the first run of the night after a single strike by sophomore infielder, Tara Oltman, putting the Bobcats up 1-0 heading into the second inning.
In the bottom of the second after quickly putting away the Cougars junior outfielder, Christiana McDowell, grounded out to shortstop to allow junior infielder, Bailee Carter, to score a run increasing the lead to 2-0 for the Bobcats.
After only allowing one hit in the top of the third inning, the ‘Cats came back to continue their impressive offensive performance as they were clicking on all cylinders in the bottom of the third. Starting with sophomore infielder, ArieAnn Bell, as she singled to center field. Following afterward, junior infielder, Hailey MacKay, singled to shortstop to give Bell the chance to score another run, putting the Bobcats up with a 3-0 lead.
Both teams hit a speed bump in the fourth inning as the Cougars were the only team able to land a hit as they continued to the fifth inning.
Houston used the fourth inning to make their much needed adjustments as they quickly answered back with a one run, three hits and one error performance in the top of the fifth. Senior infielder, Brooke Vannoy singled to right field to allow senior outfielder, Maya Thomas, to score the Cougar’s first run of the night.
Both teams struggled in the sixth inning as the only hit came from Houston in the top of the sixth. With the score 3-1, the Bobcats looked to put this game away in the final inning.
The top of the seventh inning was critical for the Houston Cougars if they had any chance of walking out with a win and they took advantage when they needed to most. Senior outfielder, Sarah Barker, grounded out to second base that would allow sophomore infielder, Aspen Howie, to score. Following afterward, junior infielder, Arielle James, doubled down the infield line to allow both Brooke Vannoy and Charese Wyatt to score to complete the comeback and put the score at 4-3. With a three run, three hits and one error inning, the Cougars laid it all on the line.
The Bobcats had the opportunity to answer back and take over the game once again in the bottom of the seventh. Senior outfielder, Mari Cranek, started at-bat and singled to center field to spark some hope for the Bobcats. The next three batters would, unfortunately, ground out to officially end the game with the score of 4-3, Cougars win.
Catch the Bobcats next conference matchup as they take on sunbelt conference opponent Troy in a three-day weekend series with the first game Friday, April 26 at 6 p.m. in San Marcos
Follow the complete coverage of the three-day weekend series on KTSW 89.9 FM.
Featured Image by Cristian Delgado