College softball: Bobcats rally past Lamar
BEAUMONT — Texas State fought through 10 innings of play to come away with the win over Lamar University at Ford Park today. The Cardinals took the early lead, but the Bobcats came back to capture the win.
Lamar (21-30) jumped out to a 2-0 edge in the second inning after it collected four hits. The Cardinals scored their first run on a single to left field and two batters later they scored on an error by Texas State outfielder Brooke Baker.
However, the Bobcats (13-33) continued to fight and in the top of the fifth, they started a two-out rally.
Senior first baseman Haley Lemons started things off with a single to left center, followed by a double to right center by Anna Hernandez. With runners in scoring position, Courtney Harris doubled to right-center to push both runners home and tie the game at 2-all.
Texas State continued to roll and after a lead-off walk by Timishia North in the top of the sixth inning, Katie Doerre homered to left-center field to give the Bobcats a two-run lead. It was Doerre’s fourth home run of the season.
Lamar came back in the bottom of the seventh and created a rally of their own.
After Ashley McDowell reached base on an error, Lamar recorded three hits in its next four at-bats to tie the game at 4-all and force extra innings.
Neither team was able to score in the eighth or ninth inning, even though Texas State had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth.
When the international-tiebreaker rule came into effect (automatically start an inning with a runner on second base), the Bobcats took advance. Texas State started the 10th inning with a sacrifice bunt by junior shortstop Jordan Masek to move Baker to third and Kelli Baker scored the runner from third with a safety squeeze.
Texas State recorded at least one hit in every inning but the 10th. The Bobcats out-hit the Cardinals 12 to 11 as Lemons, Hernandez, Ramirez and Doerre all recorded to hits apiece.
Rayn House (5-15) picked up the win after 4.2 innings in the circle. Lamar’s Shannon Millman (14-13) was tagged with the loss after a 4.2 inning performance.
Texas State closes out its home schedule this weekend when its hosts San Jose State. The Bobcats and Spartans will play a doubleheader on Friday, April 26 beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday’s single game contest is slated for 1 p.m.