The Wildcats played host to the Houston Baptist Huskies last weekend and managed to win just one of the three games for the second straight weekend.
In the opener, all was quiet on the western front before HBU left fielder Nicole Shedd hit a home run in the sixth inning that scored the only runs of the ballgame in the Huskies’ 3-0 decision.
Senior Hannah Null struck out nine in seven innings pitched, but fell to 8-8 on the campaign, as Huskies’ Jessica Patek picked up her second win.
“Weekends like this happen. If we allow it to get our confidence down then we’ve already defeated ourselves for the next weekend,” volunteer coach Casey May-Huff said. “As far as the mental game, the girls need to trust that they’ve been playing this game for a long time.What makes you good is how you come back from it. We are looking forward to this weekend.”
Calie Burris pitched in the Wildcats’ only win of the series and got her second win of the season in the 7-5 victory. The Wildcats had a 5-1 lead through three after senior Peyton Hedrick hit homers in consecutive at-bats and led 7-2 after four innings. HBU battled back on a Shedd double to right field for a two-run score, which cut the deficit to 7-5, but that’s where it would stay.
“I definetely feel like last weekend was an eye opener for us as a team. We are struggling with getting things to string together, and happen for us,” senior Alyson Bishoff said. “A bright side is that we are getting on base, and our defense proves to be solid for the most part which is a good starting point for a turn around. Heading into the thick of conference, I am excited to see what this team can do. I fully believe in our team, and our program.”
The final game of the series was a low-scoring battle. But the Huskies scored both of their runs early in the game, and rode solid defense to a 2-1 win. Null pitched well again, tossing 10 strikeouts in seven innings but fell to 8-9 on the year.
The Wildcats’ game against UT-Arlington was canceled due to bad weather, so the ‘Cats head for Corpus Christi to play the TAMU-CC Islanders. The two were scheduled to meet earlier this season, but that tournament game was canceled.