Softball

Beyond the Game: Sara Rupp

“Mentally disciplined” is how Sara Rupp, Texas State softball signee, is described by her junior softball coach, Mark Tucker. Rupp, a catcher, has played with her twin sister, Randi, her entire life, but she has developed her own identity on the field.

Sara had to make an early decision in high school at Barbers Hill. She played both softball and volleyball until her sophomore year, when she realized softball was more of a year-long commitment.

“The volleyball coach was not too happy about it,” Sara said. “It was mid-season and he wanted me to be committed to that sport. But I thought about it and said, ‘I’m not going to play volleyball in the future,’ so I just focused on softball since that was my future.”

Bobcat News and Notes

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Women's basketball adds assistant coach

Women's basketball named Stephanie Stoglin-Reed to the coaching staff. Stoglin-Reed, director of player development for University of North Texas men's basketball last year, will be in charge of development and recruitment.

Future Bobcat named Gatorade Texas Softball Player of the Year 

Randi Rupp, committed to Texas State next fall, was named the 2013-14 Gatorade Texas Softball Player of the Year.  

Future Bobcat named Gatorade Texas Softball Player of the Year

Randi Rupp, committed to Texas State next fall, was named the 2013-14 Gatorade Texas Softball Player of the Year.  
 
The award weighs athletic excellence, academic achievement and character on and off the field. Rupp is a finalist for Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year, announced in June. Past state-award winners include Bobcat pitching coach Cat Osterman, Derek Jeter, Candace Parker and Abby Wambach. 
 
Rupp was also named the All-Baytown Sun Super 25 Player of the Year and the Houston Chronicle's High School Softball Pitcher of the Year. She and her twin sister, Sara, will appear on the Texas Girls Coaching Association's All-Star team this summer.

Get to Know: Alli Akina

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DT: Out of all the sports, what makes softball your sport of choice?
AA:  It is my best sport, for one thing. I have been playing since I moved to Texas. I like softball because it’s a mental game. You are playing against yourself more than anything.  

DT: What is your most memorable moment in your softball career?
AA: As a team, it is when we beat Alabama in a three-game series at our home. My favorite moment as a player was when I robbed Courtney Harris’ homerun during practice.

Beyond the Game: Ashley Wright

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Softball runs in Ashley Wright’s blood, dating back to when her mother, Ruth Wright, was pitching and playing third base at Stephen F. Austin.

“Softball has just always been in our family,” Ashley said. “My mom was always out throwing with me and my sister. We would go to the SFA games and watch her coach.”

Ashley was surrounded by softball minds growing up. Her mother and aunt played collegiate softball.

“Both my mom and my aunt played at Stephen F. Austin” said Ashley. “Then my mom ended up coaching at SFA, and my dad would take us to the games to watch her coach.”

Ruth never forced Ashley to play softball. She let her make the decision, unless she was coaching.

Beyond the Game: Katie Doerre

Cindy Doerre couldn’t find her daughter.

She checked the field where her daughter, Katie, was supposed to be practicing in the outfield. She wasn’t there.

She asked other parents. They didn’t know where she was either. Katie was nowhere to be found.

Cindy shuffled into a building and found Katie playing catcher. Katie was 8 years old, trying out for a 10-and-under tournament softball team.

“Coach, she doesn’t know how to catch,” Cindy said. “You don’t understand—she’s never been a catcher.”

Katie interrupted her mother.

“Mom, I got this,” she said. “Just go outside, take it easy. I got this.”

Katie made the team as a catcher. She’s played the position ever since.

Softball season marks positive step forward

The Texas State softball team concluded its season in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament in Louisiana.

The team finished 26-30, highlighted by a dismal 1-14 away record. However, the program’s outlook remains bright for the coming years.

After the Bobcats’ 18-38 output last year, Coach Ricci Woodard hoped for a major bounce-back this year.

The team started 7-3 and knocked off 23rd-ranked California. The team’s first significant loss was its 11-1 defeat to 12th-ranked Baylor on March 1. The loss marked the beginning of the Bobcats’ inconsistent play. The Bobcats didn’t perform well on the road, spiraling with a 7-11 finish in the final month of play. Texas State entered the Sun Belt tournament as the fifth seed.

Man accused of murder at former softball player’s residence acquitted

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Brelyn Sorrells, who was charged with first-degree murder for a stabbing at a former Texas State softball player’s home, was acquitted May 21 after video evidence was revealed that proved he acted in self-defense.

At a Super Bowl party of about 300 people in February 2013, Sorrells stabbed 20-year-old Arthur Martinez repeatedly, and Martinez died later that night from his injuries, according to a Feb. 26, 2013 University Star article. A video taken at the party, previously thought to having been taken hours after the incident, proved that Sorrells acted in self-defense when he stabbed Martinez, according to a May 23 Austin American-Statesman article.

Get to Know: Kendall Wiley

Softball ends second consecutive season below .500

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The Texas State softball team lost Wednesday to No. 8 UT-Arlington in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament 5-1. 

The Bobcats entered the tournament on a three-game winning streak before being eliminated by the Mavericks.

Ashley Wright, sophomore pitcher, started the game and threw four innings, allowed three earned runs and struck out three. 

Rayn House, senior pitcher, relieved Wright in the fifth inning. House pitched three innings, struck out four with two runs allowed. 

Wright earned the loss in the matchup, finishing the season with a 3-6 record.

The Bobcats had five different players record a hit. Kelli Baker, sophomore infielder, went 1-4 and scored the only run for the team.

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