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Storylines to watch: Texas State vs. Texas A&M

The Texas State baseball team is in the midst of a five-game losing streak and has lost seven of its last eight matchups.

The Bobcats are not playing well right now and are taking their struggles to College Station to face Texas A&M, one of the best teams in the country.

Texas A&M is ranked fourth in the country, according to d1baseball.com, and is the highest-ranked opponent the Bobcats have played since Feb. 25 against Houston.

The Aggies have an overall season record of 37-7 and were 24-0 once.

 

RESULTS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS

The Bobcats have played in three games this season in which their opponent is ranked in the top 25 in the nation. Texas State went 1-2 in those games.

Bobcats sweep Appalachian State in weekend series

The Texas State Softball team regained momentum quicklyin the third game of the weekend series against Appalachian State Sunday.

The batter’s count was 1-1 when Courtney Harris, senior third baseman, hit a grand slam in the second inning to give the Bobcats an early 5-0 lead.

“(Harris) has done a great job with her approach at the plate,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “If we keep swinging at good pitches, they’re going to fall for us, and that’s all you really can ask for.”

The matchup ended in a 9-1 victory over the Mountaineers.

Kendall Wiley, junior first baseman, and Ariel Ortiz, freshman shortstop, added to the team total of 55 home runs for the season.

Notebook: Texas State 9, Appalachian State 1

WHAT THE WIN MEANS

The Texas State softball team improved to 29-19 this season after the weekend sweep. More importantly, the Bobcats are fourth in the Sun Belt Conference with an 11-6 record.

 

WINNING STREAK CONTINUES

The Bobcats could not have chosen a better time to get hot. Sunday’s victory over Appalachian State completed the series sweep and extended the Texas State win streak to seven games.

The opportunity to move into third place has presented itself for the Bobcats with four games remaining. Texas State is currently two games behind Troy, which is 13-7 in conference play. The Trojans’ next opponent is South Alabama, the second-ranked team in the conference.

 

Bobcats swept by Trojans on the road

The Texas State baseball team came into Sunday’s game trying to avoid being swept by the Troy Trojans.

The team was not able to prevent the sweep and lost 9-6 in the series finale.

The loss marks the first time the Bobcats have been swept this season and increases their losing streak to five.

Texas State was in need of a good start but failed to deliver.

Jeremy Hallonquist, junior pitcher, started on Sunday and could not get out of the second inning.

Hallonquist gave up back-to-back home runs to the Trojans in the first inning, which scored two runs for Troy.

Notebook: Troy 9, Texas State 6

WHAT THE LOSS MEANS

The Texas State baseball team has been swept for the first time this season, and now the Bobcats are losers in seven of their last eight games. Texas State falls to seventh place in the Sun Belt Conference after the loss.

Texas State needs to somehow get back on track to finish the season. Seeing if the Bobcats can get out of this hole or if the team will call it quits and continue the downward spiral will be interesting.

TURNING POINT

The turning point in Sunday’s game was when the Trojans jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning. Texas State’s offense had been struggling, and coming back from a 5-0 deficit was not in the cards.

Texas State finishes outdoor season at home

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The Texas State track and field team ended the Bobcat Classic with nine first-place finishes.

Coach Dana Boone said the Bobcat Classic, the last home meet of the year, was a good performance before the team heads into the Sun Belt Outdoor Championships. 

"I feel like the takeaway is that this meet was a confidence builder for the athletes moving forward," Boone said.  

Boone said the Bobcats performed well, but she mentioned that little mistakes were keeping them from elevating their finishes.

"As a coach, you always feel that there's more you can get," Boone said. “We're going to keep plugging away in hopes of preparing for conference." 

Rupp named Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week

Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, is the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time in a row.

Rupp allowed two earned runs in 24.1 innings last week, leading to the Bobcats to four wins. In her four starts, opposing hitters struck out 31 times and recorded eight hits.

Rupp, averaging 8.4 strikeouts per seven innings, is fourth in program history in season strikeouts (267). She is four strikeouts away from moving into third place all-time.

The Bobcats’ cumulative earned run average is 6.62 excluding Rupp. The team’s earned run average drops to 3.97 when Rupp (2.83 earned run average) is included.

Texas State, 29-19 overall, has four games remaining before the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

Rupp pitches complete game in 4-1 victory over Mountaineers

The Texas State softball team defeated the Appalachian State Mountaineers 4-1 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, threw a complete game and led the Bobcats with 12 strikeouts.

Rupp gave up one hit throughout the game, coming in the sixth inning on a home run from Katie Mathewson, Mountaineers sophomore designated hitter. 

The Bobcats earned six hits as a team and were led by Kimberlin Naivar, sophomore outfielder, and Sara Rupp, freshman catcher, who combined for three hits and three runs batted in.

Texas State improves to a 9-6 conference record, while Appalachian State falls to 1-20.

Baseball defeated in first game of weekend series

The Texas State baseball team had never lost to the Troy Trojans coming into Friday.

That streak was broken in the game. Troy beat Texas State 3-1 in the first game of the series.

Texas State struggled offensively against Troy, tallying seven hits on Friday. The team was hitless with two outs.  

Texas State has a team batting average of .239, which is last in the Sun Belt Conference.

Granger Studdard, sophomore left fielder, went 3 for 4 and recorded an single in the sixth inning to bring the score to 2-1. Studdard’s batting average improved to .301, which is the first time his average has been over .300 this season.

Softball earns two wins in double-header

The Texas State softball team continued their winning streak on Saturday afternoon beating Appalachian State in both games of the double header.

The second inning was the turning point in the team's 6-4 victory, as the Bobcats scored five runs. After loading the bases Texas State earned back-to-back walks, bringing in two runs.

In the same inning Courtney Harris, senior third baseman, hit a double that brought in a pair of runs, followed by a sacrifice fly from Kendall Wiley, junior first baseman, giving Texas State a five run lead.

Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, threw the first four innings of the game, allowing two hits and no earned runs. Rupp was replaced by Kaylee Garner, sophomore pitcher, in the top of the fifth inning.

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