Softball Bears fall to Texas State, 3-0
The Missouri State softball team fell to Texas State, 3-0, in the Bears’ second game of the Crowne Plaza Classic in Houston, Texas, on Saturday. The Bobcats scored all three of their runs in the first inning and starting pitcher Ragan Blake held the Bears to only two hits. Texas State improved to 4-6 on the season, while the Bears fell to 5-2.
Texas State jumped on the Bears early, as the Bobcats used a leadoff bunt single, a wild pitch, an RBI sacrifice fly, and two run-scoring doubles to take a three run lead after the first inning. Texas State managed only three more hits the rest of the way, but Blake (3-3) never allowed Missouri State to pull any closer.
Missouri State’s Katie Martin led off the game with a double and notched a single in the third inning for the Bears’ only two hits of the game. MSU’s best scoring chance came after Martin’s double in the first, but the centerfielder was stranded on third with one out following a Jodie Shead sacrifice bunt. Jessie Smith popped out to second and Michelle Armentrout grounded out to shortstop to end the scoring chance. The Bears had five baserunners in the game, but never more than one in any inning.
A bright spot for the Bears in the game was freshman pitcher Megan Ramsey. The righthander relieved starter Melissa Porche following a leadoff double in the second inning, and pitched five scoreless innings. Ramsey allowed only two hits and struck out two in five innings of work. Porche (3-2) lost her second consecutive decision, allowing three runs on four hits in one inning plus.
The Bears will continue play in the Crowne Plaza Classic on Sunday, as Missouri State will challenge Indiana at 9 a.m. and conclude tournament play against Centenary at 1 p.m.