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Kayt Houston
Kayt Houston became the career leader for hits and total bases
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App State Softball Drops Opener of Series to 19th Ranked Texas State

The App State Mountaineers dropped a tight contest to the No. 19 Texas State Bobcats 6-0 on Friday. Sejal Neas pitched well in the game, going the distance and allowing just one earned run on four hits.

The Mountaineers (15-11, 3-1 SBC) kept it close, keeping the Bobcats (24-7, 3-1 SBC) scoreless through three innings, but a run in the fourth would be all they needed to secure the win. Kayt Houston stayed hot at the plate despite the loss, tallying two hits and reaching base all three times she stepped to the plate. Her two hits helped raise her season batting average to .472.

Neas missed barrels all game, forcing soft contact off the Texas State bats and tallying three strikeouts. With those three strikeouts, she set a career-high for strikeouts in a season with 60.

App State’s bats immediately started hot with the first batter of the game as Kayt Houston stroked a single past the shortstop to open the contest with a hit. A nice play at shortstop eliminated the Mountaineer baserunner as the Bobcats worked a scoreless first.

Making her 14th start of the year, Neas tossed a scoreless opening inning, working around a one-out walk and tallying her first strikeout of the game. The defense went to work again in the second, helping Neas to another zero by making a pair of slick plays in the field.

The pitcher’s duel continued into the third as Mullens tossed a clean inning and Neas picked up her defense after an error by fielding a comebacker to leave a runner at third base. To that point, App State had stranded four runners.

Houston kept her solid day at the plate going by shooting a single just inside the left-field line to notch App State’s second hit of the game. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Grace Barrett, but a strikeout and a groundout ended the inning and kept the game scoreless.

Texas State picked up its first hit of the game in the fourth inning via a one-out single and an error and a walk helped start the Bobcats’ best scoring chance of the game as they loaded the bases with one out. Neas forced a weak popout to first base to tally a big second out, but a controversial ball-four call forced home the game’s first run.

Neas did well to limit the damage, striking out the next batter to end the fourth, but the Bobcat defense kept the lead after five with a scoreless frame.

The Bobcats tallied two more runs in the fifth inning to extend their lead and despite a two-out walk from Houston in the sixth inning, the deficit was too much to overcome as Texas State picked up a series-opening win.

App State’s weekend series with No. 19 Texas State continues tomorrow with game two. First pitch from Bobcat Softball Stadium is set for 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT) and can be streamed on ESPN+.