Halfway through the season, the Bobcats are currently 11 games over .500 with a 23-12 record. So far, I give Texas State a B.
The Bobcats started with a historical 9-1 record.
Texas State has racked up major wins this season, such as the first three-game series in the Sun Belt. After splitting the first two games, the Bobcats defeated UL-Monroe in game three to capture the 2-1 series victory. The Bobcats got off to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning and racked up five more runs to extend the lead to 8-0. Randi Rupp, sophomore pitcher, kept the Warhawk offense scoreless with 12 strikeouts.
A historic home victory against Texas is one game that stands out the most. The win versus the Longhorns was the first since 2010. The Bobcats scored seven runs in the fifth inning, securing the Bobcats’ 9-5 victory over the Longhorns. Rupp said the victory against Texas is the best win so far in her collegiate career.
Rupp has been dominant through the entire season. She currently has a 16-6 record in the circle and has pitched 132.1 innings—the most in the rotation by far. Next in the Bobcat rotation with 55 innings is Paige Williams, junior pitcher. Rupp has been able to maintain a 1.69 ERA, allowing 32 earned runs, 32 walks and striking out 181 batters.
What the Bobcats need is someone to step up when Rupp isn’t on the mound. Williams and Quincy Charleston, junior pitcher, are a combined 7-6 record on the mound. Charleston is pitching a 1.93 ERA and has struck out 37 batters. Williams’ ERA is 2.89 and she has given up six home runs while in the circle. In order for the Bobcats to make a deep run in the Sun Belt Conference tournament, Charleston or Williams must be able to perform when their number is called.
Offensively, the Bobcats are inconsistent. During one game, Texas State put up a seven-run inning. During the next game, the Bobcats struggled to get three hits through seven innings. Kelli Baker, senior second baseman, leads Texas State with a .339 batting average and 38 hits. Corrina Liscano, junior third baseman, leads in homeruns with five.
Leaving runners on base has also been an issue for the Bobcats. In game two against Texas, the Bobcats were down 2-3 in the top of the sixth with a runner on third base and one out. Texas State could not score in the game tying run, ultimately losing to the Longhorns 2-3.
The Bobcats could be in a better position in the Sun Belt, but they have the ability to bounce back as the second half of the season begins.