Softball

Bobcats win on Sara Rupp walk-off

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.

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

With eight games left, the Texas State softball team is in a good position as the Sun Belt Conference tournament approaches.

The Bobcats are currently in fourth place in the Sun Belt with an 8-6 conference record. The fourth seed would give Texas State a first-round bye.

The Bobcats host Texas A&M Corpus Christi Wednesday night before continuing conference play on Saturday. 

BOBCATS COMING OFF AN IMPRESSIVE WEEK

Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, threw the first perfect game of her collegiate career against Houston Baptist. The perfect game was the first in school history since Feb. 16, 2008.

Beyond the game: Kelli Baker, junior second baseman

Leadership, consistency and work ethic set Kelli Baker, junior second baseman, apart from the rest as a trailblazer her team can depend on.

Assistant Coach Cat Osterman said Baker is a model athlete mentally and physically. 

“I think the biggest thing about Kelli is that she approaches every day with consistency,” Osterman said. “For us that’s huge because the younger players need to see someone doing that.”

Baker is coming off two consecutive seasons with 56 starts each for the Bobcats.

The outfielder-turned-infielder finished the 2014 season with 57 hits, 39 runs scored and a .328 batting average.

Rupp named Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week

Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, earned the first Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week award of her career.

Rupp struck out nine batters in a five-inning perfect game in the Texas State softball team’s 12-0 victory April 14 over Houston Baptist. The perfect game was the program’s first since 2008.

Rupp leads the team in innings pitched (198), earned run average (3.11), strikeouts (236), batting average against (.225) and complete games (24). The freshman is eighth in Sun Belt all-time season strikeouts with eight conference games remaining.

Texas State has four Sun Belt Conference awards this year, second behind Georgia State.

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PITCH PERFECT: Randi Rupp pitches perfect game in 12-0 victory

Before Wednesday night, the last time a Texas State softball pitcher threw a perfect game was 2008.

Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, changed that when she led her team to a 12-0 victory over Houston Baptist.

The freshman threw a total of 81 pitches in a shortened five-inning matchup, earning nine strikeouts and the first perfect game in seven years.

“Randi’s been a little frustrated with the way she’s been pitching,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “I think that was big for her to let go of that frustration and come out and pitch and pitch well.”

Rupp understands success from the offense is important. Earlier in the season, Rupp threw a no-hitter against Louisiana Monroe, a game in which the offense put up nine runs.

Bobcats look to build momentum in midweek game

The Texas State softball team is poised to take advantage of Wednesday night’s non-conference contest against Houston Baptist before the weekend series against South Alabama. 

Texas State is 5-1 in midweek games this season with one loss to Baylor. 

“We’re definitely looking to get into a better spot going into the conference tournament,” said Ariel Ortiz, freshman shortstop. “Every game counts. We’re going to try to get as many wins under our belt so we can go into the tournament confident.”

Texas State is coming off a 2-1 series win over Troy, which moved the Bobcats into third place in the Sun Belt with an 8-6 conference record. 

Bobcats clinch berth in Sun Belt Conference tournament

The score was 2-1 when Ariel Ortiz, freshman shortstop, hit a walk-off double to close the weekend with a 4-3 victory over Troy Sunday afternoon.

Ortiz’s walk-off double in the seventh inning scored Kelli Baker, junior second baseman.

The Texas State softball team is now third in the Sun Belt Conference with an 8-6 record.

The Bobcats won the series against Troy 2-1, clinching a berth in the May 6-9 conference tournament.

“There’s still a lot of ball left to play,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “But that is a big series right there because anytime we can take two of the three, we have to take advantage of that.”

Softball rebounds in second game of double-header

The Texas State softball team entered the second game of Saturday’s double-header against the Troy Trojans with something to prove.

The Bobcats defeated the Trojans 11-3 in a shortened six inning run-ruled game.

Coach Ricci Woodard reiterated the game plan that her team had been working on all week long after the Bobcats were handed a 3-1 defeat in Saturday’s first game.

“We knew what they were coming in here pitching wise with all week,” Woodard said. “That’s what we were working on and so it was one of those deals where we talked about now let’s make sure we’re executing and doing the same thing we did all week with it.”

Softball falls to Troy in first game of double-header

The Texas State softball team lost to the Troy Trojans 3-1 in the first game of Saturday’s double-header against the conference opponent.

The Bobcats had two hits on the game and struggled to find a rhythm throughout.

Hannah Day, Trojans freshman catcher, and Michelle Phelps, Trojans senior first baseman, led their team to victory with a combined four hits and two runs batted in.

Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, threw a complete game, giving up five hits and two earned runs in the process.

The loss drops the Bobcats to 6-6 in conference play and widens the gap between the Troy Trojans, which now sit at 8-5 in the Sun Belt. 

The two teams are scheduled for two more games this weekend, with another today and one tomorrow. 

 

Texas State falls to Baylor on strikeout cancer night

The Baylor Bears proved they are No. 15 in the nation Wednesday night when they traveled to San Marcos to take on the Texas State softball team.

Texas State gave up three consecutive home runs in the sixth inning, putting the Bears ahead late in the game. Prior to the sixth inning, a single run separated the two teams.

Shelby Friudenberg, Bears freshman first baseman, was the catalyst behind the 6-1 victory over Texas State. The freshman accounted for three of the six runs scored for the Bears. She tallied a pair of solo home runs, bringing her total to 10 on the season.

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