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Texas State Uses Four Home Runs to Power Past WKU 11-2

Posted on 19 April 2014 by Allen

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Texas State came with the power on Saturday, as the Bobcats (22-26, 5-10) used 11 hits, including four home runs, to get past the Western Kentucky University softball team (31-15-1, 10-5) by a score of 11-2 in five innings to avoid the series sweep.

Texas State came out swinging out of the gates, as the Bobcats hit back-to-back home runs in its first two at-bats to take a 2-0 lead after the first. Another home run in the first at-bat of the second made it 3-0 before a bases-loaded walk gave the home team a 4-0 advantage by the frame’s end.

WKU cut the lead with two runs off of the team’s lone three hits of the game after junior Jacqueline McGill doubled to open the third. Freshman India Steward then hit a RBI triple down the right field line to add the first run followed by junior Preslie Cruce notching a RBI double in the same area to set the score at 4-2.

The Bobcats quickly cushioned its lead after four more runs in the fourth coming off of a sacrifice fly and two RBI singles before Texas State closed the game in the fifth with a two-run home run cutting the game short on the mercy rule.

All three WKU pitchers saw time in the circle, as senior Emily Rousseau (16-10) took the loss after three runs on three hits in one inning of action closed her line to go with three strikeouts. Freshman Hannah Miniard gave up five hits and six runs with five walks and three strikeouts in 2.1 innings while junior Janna Scheff allowed three hits and two runs with one walk in the game’s final inning.

Texas State’s Rayn House (19-16) had all five innings for the Bobcats, striking out seven batters.

WKU is back in action with five home games next week, beginning with Kentucky on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT. Lipscomb then follows on Wednesday before South Alabama becomes WKU’s last home Sun Belt Conference opponent this weekend.

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