Liscano walk-off lifts Texas State to 5-4 win over McNeese
Photo by Gerald Castillo
Corrina Liscano says she’s been struggling this season.
But with two runners on and two outs trailing McNeese, 4-3, Texas State head coach Ricci Woodard said the senior third base is someone she wanted at the plate.
Liscano rewarded Woodard's belief by sending a double to the fence that capped off a five-run seventh inning to defeat the Cowgirls, 5-4.
“Today, that last at-bat, I knew (McNeese pitcher Rachel Smith) was throwing mostly outside pitches so my main focus was to go with that pitch,” Liscano said. “But she ended up throwing an inside change and it looked good so I just kind of unloaded on it. But I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, honestly.”
Texas State (32-10, 12-5 Sun Belt) fell behind in the fourth inning when McNeese (30-15, 16-2 Southland) scored its four runs of the game.
But senior pitcher Quincy Charleston settled the Cowgirl attack when she came in after junior pitcher Randi Rupp allowed McNeese’s four runs. She worked 3 and ⅓ innings with four strikeouts, while only allowing one hit.
“Quincy did a great job,” Woodard said. “...To me she kind of carried the momentum back for us to kind of put us in a spot to do that offensively. Any time that Quincy has the ball in her hand, we know we’re going to get some ground balls and we have to make the plays. I thought she did a great job of keeping us in a spot where we could comeback and win a ballgame momentum wise.”
The Bobcats looked poised to cut into McNeese's lead in the sixth when they loaded the bases but they couldn't bring home a run.
Texas State, however, began its seventh-inning rally with a bloop single from freshman catcher Haleigh Davis. Freshman second base Bailee Carter brought the Bobcats’ first run of the game home with an RBI triple.
Senior left fielder Kimberlin Naivar followed Carter's triple by getting hit by a pitch. Freshman center fielder Christiana McDowell scored Carter with a sac-fly to cut the Cowgirl advantage down to 4-2. McNeese allowed Naivar to score on an error, which slimmed its lead to 4-3.
Liscano ended the game with her double and her teammates mobbed her in celebration after the winning run crossed the plate.
“It was amazing because I’ve been struggling quite a bit lately this year,” Liscano said. “So, it’s good to have an outcome be on the positive side than toward the negative side.”
Woodard said Liscano’s ability as a competitor helped her during her final at bat.
“(Liscano) wants to compete and obviously she did a great job of competing,” Woodard said. “In games like this, you kind of have the hype of the big games we’ve been playing to a midweek game against a Southland team, you have to have someone that steps up. I thought she did a great job of being the leader tonight and making us compete throughout the whole seven innings.”
Woodard called Wednesday’s victory a good win over a top 40 RPI team. She said the Bobcats’ focus late in the game was key in pulling off the comeback.
“I told them after the game, ‘It could’ve gone really south for us in a hurry’ after that big inning we gave them,” Woodard said. “I just felt like we continued to battle. We got the bases loaded (in the sixth) and didn’t capitalize and still kept battling. So, I thought we did a really good job of battling through the adversity of that ballgame and found a way to win.”