App State softball (11-10, 0-5) fell to Texas State in a doubleheader Sunday afternoon, 4-3 and 8-3, respectively. With the wins, the Bobcats move to 17-3 overall and 2-0 in Sun Belt Conference play.
Texas State jumped out and took an early lead in the top of the first, scoring two runs on three hits. Tara Oltmann recorded an RBI as did Cat Crenek. The Bobcats scored another in the top of the third on a throwing error by the Mountaineer third baseman to take a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the inning.
The Mountaineers answered in the bottom of the third, as Taylor Thorp started the rally with a single to the pitcher. Emily Parrott moved pinch runner Sidney Martin to second on a sacrifice bunt and Keri White scored her on a single.
Caylie Kifer singled to third base to put runners on first and third, as Baylee Morton scored White on a sacrifice fly to right field to bring the Mountaineers within one.
Another Bobcat run was scored in the top of the fourth as the run scored reached base on a throwing error by the catcher. Hannah Earls then doubled to score the Bobcats’ fourth and final run.
From there, both teams were held scoreless until the bottom of the seventh as the Mountaineers tried to put together a comeback. Parrott doubled down the right field line to start the inning and White reached base on an error by first base, scoring Parrott. A strike out and a double play would end the comeback for App State.
White ended game one leading the Mountaineers with two hits. She also added an RBI. Kenzie Longanecker (6-3) received the loss in the circle, pitching seven innings and giving up nine hits and four runs, striking out one.
For the Bobcats, Earls, Sara Vanderford and Piper Randolph each had two hits. Earls added an RBI, as did Oltmann and Crenek. Jessica Mullins (8-2) earned the win, pitching 3.1 innings and giving up two runs off five hits, striking out four. Tori McCann received her first save of the season, coming in with a runner on second in the seventh with no outs. She didn’t give up any hits and struck out one.
The Mountaineers started the second game strong, taking a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second off of three hits and a Bobcat error. Sidney Russell started the rally with a single through the left side, followed by a single from Gabby Buruato.
A sacrifice bunt from Thorp put runners on second and third and an error by the third baseman loaded the bases for App State. White singled to bring in both Russell and Buruato. Kifer brought in the third run on a ground out to the shortstop.
Texas State began chipping away at the Mountaineer lead in the top of the third, scoring one run off two hits. A Vanderford sacrifice fly would make the score 3-1 Mountaineers heading to the bottom of the third.
From there, the Bobcat defense would hold the Mountaineer bats scoreless for the remainder of the game. Texas State took the lead in the top of the fourth, scoring three on two hits and an error by the third baseman. Crenek had the first RBI and ArieAnn Bell brought in two off a home run to right center.
The Mountaineers did not go quietly, loading the bases in the bottom of the sixth but unable to push across a run. Russell doubled down the right field line and Buruato walked to put runners on first and second for Thorp, who singled to second base. Two strikeouts and a ground out to first would end the threat for App State.
Four insurance runs were scored off one swing for Texas State in the top of the seventh as Oltmann stepped up to the plate with bases loaded and hit a grand slam to put the Bobcats up 8-3 as the final score.
Buruato, Russell and Kayt Houston led the Mountaineers in game two with two hits apiece and White added two RBIs. Sydney Holland (3-4) received the loss in the circle, pitching four innings and giving up four runs off four hits. Delani Buckner came on in relief in the fifth, giving up four runs off five hits, striking out three.
For Texas State, Oltmann ended the second game with four RBIs, while Earls and Bell added two hits, including Bell’s two-run home run in the fourth. Dalilah Barrera (1-0) earned the win in the circle after coming on in relief for starter McCann in the third. Barrera gave up two hits and no runs, striking out one. Mullins received the save, coming on in the sixth and giving up only one hit and no runs, striking out three in her second save of the season.