Since taking over the new role as the starting pitcher in Game One of Saturday's double header, and getting the start on Sunday, Taylor seems to have really taken to the new role. She pitched all five innings Saturday's run-rule-shortened contest, allowing no earned runs, two hits, and two strike outs.
On offense, sophomore second baseman Anna Hernandez was a star with three hits in three plate appearances with two RBI, and senior third baseman Jenna Emery led the team with three RBI.
Central Arkansas came into San Marcos with a lot of talent on offense and in the circle. Sophomore hurler Kelsie Armstrong started Game One for UCA and didn’t last more than an inning after allowing five earned runs in the first inning.
Armstrong leads the Southland Conference in strikeouts and was able to notch two strikeouts in the first two at bats, but with two outs, she walked Haley Lemons, hit McKenzie Baack with a pitch, and from there things started to unravel. Five runs had scored and the Bobcats batted around before another out was recorded. Armstrong got junior Chandler Hall to fly out in her second at bat of the inning to end the threat.
Junior Kelley Martino replaced Armstrong in the second inning and only got one out while giving up four more runs to bring the Bobcat lead to 9-0.
Junior Katie McGregor relieved Martino and stopped the bleeding for the Sugar Bears, allowing only two more runs over the remaining innings.
Game Two was a much closer affair as the Bobcats won 4-2. Hall was the starter and was nearly as flawless as Taylor from Game One. She allowed only one earned run over six innings, striking out five.
Senior designated player McKenzine Baack led Texas State on offense, continuing her hot streak at the plate by hitting her third home run of the season, a two run shot that ties her for seventh place all-time at Texas State.
The story of the game, and of the weekend for Texas State, was silencing Central Arkansas’ dangerous catcher Melanie Bryant at the plate. Bryant led the SLC in batting average, hits, and RBI coming into the game, but in the two games, Bryant went hitless in her five plate appearances.
The two wins moved Texas State’s overall record above .500 to 20-18 overall and 13-7 in conference play. The 'Cats are firmly in third place in the Southland Conference with nine conference games remaining.
Fletcher Rutland, KTSW Sports