A player in a gray softball uniform is about to throw the yellow ball from her right hand while a brown pitching glove is in her left hand.

Softball Travels to California before Sun Belt play begins

By Reilly Low
Sports Reporter

After a tough weekend at the Baylor Invitational, Texas State Softball travels to California this week to compete in the Capital Classic Tournament. They will go up against Sacramento State, Utah State, UC Davis, and St. Mary’s College.

The Bobcats have already played some major softball programs in the past three weeks such as No.15 Kentucky, No.17 Minnesota, No.23 Auburn and Baylor, so this will be one of their less intense tournaments this season.

First, the Maroon and Gold will play Sacramento State in Sacramento, California. The head coach for the Hornets Lori Perez received a five-year contract extension at the end of the 2019 season after finishing the past two seasons with two 30 win seasons. She has been with the program for 19 years, including the four years she played for Sacramento State in college.

The Hornets are known for having a slow start to their seasons under Perez, but this season they are 9-6. Sacramento State will be one of Texas State’s tougher matchups this weekend because they are posting a .314 team batting average with 81 runs in their first 15 games.

The Bobcats will then travel to Davis, California to play Utah State, UC Davis, and St. Mary’s College. Each of these teams has added new people to their coaching staff this past year.

The Utah State Aggies are 7-7 in the season with a notable win against UC Davis who is hosting the tournament this weekend. Even with that win, the Aggies used two pitchers that game compared to UC Davis who just used one, giving other arms a break during that tournament. Utah State is batting a combined .262 this season with 12 home runs.

Both UC Davis and St. Mary’s College are batting under .500 right now and faced each other in the first game of the season with UC Davis upsetting the Gaels 6-2.

The Maroon and Gold’s offense has not been performing consistently, but their pitching has dominated opposing lineups, making up for the Bobcats slow offensive start. One of those pitchers, freshman Tori McCann, is not only a great pitcher but also has a .273 batting average this season.

After losing against ranked teams in the Baylor Invitational, McCann talked about the morale of this team moving forward.

“I think we all have a job to do, I know we can have all the starting pitchers come in and do their job,” McCann said. “If one of them is off, someone else will come in and do the exact same. We all just have trust in each other.”

Other notable Texas State players include ArieAnn Bell and Bailee Carter who are batting .273 and .278, respectfully. Bell also leads the team in on-base percentages and home runs.

Tara Oltmann has played in nine games for the Bobcats this season and is batting .385 with 10 RBIs and two home runs. She did not play in the last tournament at all, so it will be interesting to see if she will be in the starting lineup this weekend since she is a key component to the Texas State team.

The Bobcats will hopefully have an easier weekend ahead of them, allowing players to boost their stats and playing time before conference play starts next weekend at Georgia State.

Live stats for every game this weekend will be available on txstatebobcats.com and for more Texas State sports coverage, you can follow @KTSWSports on twitter.

Featured image by Peter Vives.

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