By Justin Brown
The Texas Softball Team (2-2) had its home opener spoiled by the No.12 Oregon Ducks (6-0) after suffering a tough loss Thursday evening with the final score of 3-7.
The Bobcat Softball Stadium had fans and players excited to see if the Bobcats could get revenge on the Ducks after removing the Bobcats from the playoffs a year ago. But the fans and players noticed that Oregon brought cold temps and 14 mile per hour winds to their advantage.
The first two innings saw both teams getting out after out with no runs being scored but that was until the third inning. This is when Oregon’s Terra McGowan brought a runner in after hitting a double to deep centerfield. The top of the third inning ended shortly after that giving the Ducks a zero-one lead with Bobcats ready to respond.
The Bobcats responded in the bottom of the fourth with a hit into the far-left field by senior infielder Dani Elder which brought sophomore designated hitter Annie Jones home and tied the game one-one.
The Bobcats looked to keep this energy in the top of the fifth with a strikeout by sophomore left-handed pitcher Karsen Pierce, but it came and went after two reckless errors allowed two runs for the Ducks.
The Ducks kept their lead throughout the bottom of the fifth and built upon it in the top of the sixth. This was done by a double from sophomore infielder KK Humphreys and another Bobcat error resulting in two more runs.
The bottom of the sixth was the most impressive period for the Bobcats in this game as it started with the Bobcats down four and freshman outfielder Ciara Trahan on the plate.
Trahan on the plate with only one pitch and hit a double straight down centerfield bringing fans to their feet. Next up to bat was senior infielder Sara Vanderford who hit an RBI double bringing Ciara Trahan home. Vanderford hungry for a run successfully steals third base right before senior catcher Caitlyn Rogers hits a double far past third allowing Vanderford to get home.
But unfortunately for the Bobcats, that’s where their offense halted to a stop and after two more runs from the Ducks in the top of the seventh their lead grew to four with the game-ending shortly after.
When Head Coach Ricci Woodard was asked about her thoughts on the game she said “I was proud of the way they battled. This game we continued to battle till the very end.”
The Texas State Softball team heads to Houston this weekend to participate in a tournament but will be right back home next Wednesday, Feb. 23rd at 6:00 p.m. where they will face the University of Incarnate Word. Radio coverage of this game will be provided on KTSW FM 89.9 San Marcos so be sure to tune in!
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