WSU starts off season with .500 record in Texas Classic


Easton Thompson

Wichita State head coach Kristi Bredbenner talks strategy with team members during their game against Southern Nazarene on Sept. 21 at Wilkins Stadium.

Wichita State softball opened up their season over the weekend, leaving the Texas Classic with a 3-3 record.

The Shockers were able to pick up wins against Maryland, Texas A&M- Corpus Christi, and Lamar while falling twice at the hands of No. 6 Texas and once to Colorado State.

In the six games, WSU outscored its opponents, 50-33. In their three victories, the Shockers outscored opposing teams 41-6.

Individually, the Shockers had three different hitters, Wylie Glover, Bailey Urban, and Nyleigh Herring, hit at least .500 in Texas over the weekend. The trio combined to go 27-50 (.540) from the plate while collecting three home runs and 20 RBIs.

The rest of the team combined for a batting average of .290 (32-110) and 27 RBIs.

Shocker pitchers struggled at times. Through their first six games, WSU only had one pitcher finish with an ERA lower than 3.00. Bailey Lange and Erin McDonald each pitched in three games, combining for 25 earned runs in 23.1 innings pitched.

Caitlin Bingham was a bright spot in her lone appearance, giving up three runs in 7 and 2/3 innings pitched.

WSU had a chance to finish in second place for the tournament in their final game against Colorado State, but came up short. The Rams jumped out to a 6-0 lead and held on for the 8-6 victory.

In the Shockers’ other two losses, the Longhorns outscored the Shockers 19-3. Last season, the Longhorns fell at the hands of Alabama in the Super Regional of the Women’s College World Series. The nationally ranked Longhorns finished the weekend 6-0.

WSU will be back in action Friday in Texas at the Bobcat Classic. The tournament is hosted by Texas State and features Texas State, UTSA, and Saint Louis. The Shockers are scheduled to play five games, with the first coming against the Billikens of Saint Louis.

The action will get underway Friday at noon in San Marcos at Texas State’s Bobcat Softball Stadium.