After a week without a game, the Texas State softball team had to shake off some rust in its 5-4 extra-innings win against the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders.
Texas State scored four runs in the first five innings of the game. The Bobcats held the Islanders to no runs in that stretch.
That changed in the bottom of the sixth inning when Brittney Morse, Islander sophomore designated player, hit a grand slam over the center field wall that tied the game at four.
The game went into extra innings after a scoreless seventh inning.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Sara Rupp, freshman catcher, hit her first career walk-off home run over the left field wall.
“I was trying to be aggressive,” Sara said. “I wanted to wait and make sure it was something that I wanted to hit. With a three-two count they threw me inside, and that’s my favorite pitch, and so I just attacked.”
Sara’s walk-off was the second home run of the game for Texas State, giving the Bobcats 51 for the season.
Texas State had seven hits in the game. Kendall Wiley, junior first baseman, and Lexi Fryar, sophomore left fielder, combining for four. Kortney Koroll, senior designated player, produced two runs batted in with her home run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, pitched 6.2 innings in the game, giving up three hits and registering eight strikeouts. Kaylee Garner, sophomore pitcher, replaced Randi in the top of the fifth. Garner pitched 1.1 innings, giving up the grand slam. Randi re-entered the game in the sixth inning.
Randi is not used to coming in as reliever. That was not a problem on Wednesday night as she gave up two hits and no runs in her final 2.2 innings of play.
Despite the mistakes the Bobcats made, Woodard feels this kind of experience will only help her team moving forward.
“It couldn’t have worked out any better for us to have to play with a little bit of intensity and fire there towards the end,” Woodard said. “I thought we did a good job of battling and continued to play the game, and that is really all you can ask for at the end of the day.”
The Bobcats will face Appalachian State this weekend in a three-game conference series. Appalachian State has a 1-19 conference record this year and is in last place in the Sun Belt standings.
Woodard respects the Mountaineers despite their below-average record. She knows the Bobcats will be upset if they are not prepared.
“We want to be at our best two weeks from now when the conference tournament hits,” Woodard said. “We have to continue to get better, and we can’t worry about who is in the other dugout. We have to focus on what we’re doing.”
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