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Thursday, June 1, 2023


Cougars still searching for winning road trip

Ashleigh Jones and the Cougars will take another stab at their first road victory of the season when they take on Texas State at 6 p.m. today. It will be one of the Cougars’ three remaining regular-season road games. | Jario Razo/The Daily Cougar

With the regular season drawing to a close, the Cougars look to get their first road win of the season when they travel to Bobcat Field for a matchup against Texas State at 6 p.m. today.

Head coach Kyla Holas said time is running out, and her team needs to figure out a winning road formula fast.

“With our wins happening only at home, this has to be our chance to do something,” Holas said.

The Cougars (23-21) are 0-13 on the road. This midweek contest is one of three remaining non-conference matches for the Cougars. Holas would like to end the regular season non-conference matchup with a road win.

“With a tougher schedule at home, you would think it would be the other way around, and it’s just not lining up for us,” Holas said. “It just seems to be one of those monkeys on our backs that we just cannot figure out and cannot get away from.”

Texas State (21-18), which is coached by Ricci Woodard, went 40-18 a season ago. Last week, the Bobcats were swept by North Texas in a doubleheader. But Holas, who is 8-5 all-time against Texas State, said it is a great program that consistently finds its way to the top of the conference.

“People look really highly upon them from the outside, and we have to make sure that we are able to show up and take care of business against them,” she said.

Holas was not pleased with UH’s performance over the weekend. The Cougars suffered a sweep at Tulsa in a doubleheader that snapped a five-game winning streak.

“If you look at the numbers, we didn’t have good pitching and (had) some key errors that caused some problems,” Holas said.

Difficult weather conditions forced the cancellation of Sunday’s game and Monday’s practice.

Deciding on a starting pitcher for today’s game is a hard decision, says Holas.

“We weren’t very pleased with what has happened this past weekend, so we are really going to have to take a look at things to see who mentally can step out there and win for us,” Holas said.

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