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Softball secures 9-0 shutout victory over Connecticut

Both consistent pitching and offense in game-2 of Saturdays’ double header led to the 9-0 shutout against Connecticut.

Texas State recorded 14 hits and scored in all but one inning in the teams’ last game of the Demirni/Wilson Classic.

The win puts the Bobcats one game above .500 heading into Sun Belt conference play next weekend.

The Bobcats offense started the 14-hit game off early with a lead-off single from Kelli Baker, junior second baseman. Baker had a game-high three runs batted in and hit her third home run of the season. 

Ortiz hits grand slam in softball's 7-1 win against Connecticut

Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, completed her eighth complete game of the season in the 7-1 victory over Connecticut Saturday afternoon.

Rupp pitched all seven innings, giving up two hits to earn her seventh win of the season.

The game was put out of reach when Ariel Ortiz, freshman shortstop, hit a grand slam in the sixth inning. Ortiz recorded two hits, four runs batted in and one home run.

Texas State has one more contest left in the Wilson/Demarini Classic. The Bobcats play the Hustkies at 12:15 p.m.

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Softball loses 2-1 to Samford in pitching duel

Heading into the seventh inning, the Texas State softball team trailed by one run to the Samford Bulldogs.

In the end, Texas State did not produce a single hit in the final inning, resulting in a 2-1 loss. The defeat drops the Bobcats to 0-3 in the Wilson/Demarini Classic, and 9-10 for the season.

The Bobcats, 13-6 at this point last year, fell to below .500 after the loss loss.

The game was defined by pitching throughout, as Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, and Mollie Hanson, Bulldogs junior pitcher, allowed a combined 11 hits.

It has been difficult for the Bobcats to produce hits the past few games, with 11 coming in the previous three games. The team added five hits against Samford.

Softball loses to No. 16 Auburn on the road

With two outs in the top of the fifth inning, Sara Rupp, freshman catcher, hit a two run home over the left centerfield wall to tie the game up at two.  

Texas State did not score for the rest of the game.

Despite the efforts of the freshman, late in the game it was not enough. The No. 16 ranked Auburn Tigers scored four more runs in the last two innings to defeat the Bobcats 6-2.

The Tigers, 14-0 at home this season and 42-7 at home the past two seasons, had five hits for the game resulting in six runs scored. Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, earned the loss after pitching 5.2 innings.

While the result was not what the Bobcats were hoping for, Coach Ricci Woodard was pleased with how her team competed in the tough environment.

Softball faces tough lineup in weekend invitational

The Texas State softball team, 9-7, will travel to Auburn, Alabama for the first matchup of the Wilson/Demarini Classic hosted at Auburn University’s Jane B. Moore Field.

Texas State won four of six games in the EMU Madeira Beach Spring Invitational, taking the last two games with a combined 13 runs.

The team is scheduled to take on the No. 16 th-rankedAuburn Tigers on the first day of the tournament. The Tigers carry a 17-1 record heading into the tournament with their only loss coming against Dartmouth in Tampa, Florida. Emily Carosone, Tigers junior infielder, and Haley Fagan, sophomore infielder, have combined for 12 home runs this year.

Beyond the game: Ariel Ortiz, freshman shortstop

Ariel Ortiz, freshman shortstop, began her softball career on a baseball diamond. 

Richards Field in Waxahachie, named after Major League Baseball manager Paul Richards, was Ortiz’ home away from home.

The future Bobcat spent hours honing her craft at the 100-year-old ballpark each day after her older brother, Chris, was finished with practice. 

Ortiz spent those hours on the field with her father, Eloy, and brother.

“We’re a big baseball family,” said April Ortiz, her mother. “She’s been dragged from field to field since she could walk. When her older brother and his team would finish practicing, my husband would pitch balls to her so she could hit, and her brother and his friends would have to stay around and catch her balls.”

Softball closes weekend with 9-2 win over Harvard

A six-run first inning gave the Texas State softball team an advantage early in its final game of the EMU Madeira Beach Spring Invitational.

Kendall Wiley, junior first baseman, hit an RBI single with the bases loaded in the first inning to open the scoring.

Wiley’s single was followed by a walk, adding another run. Texas State tacked on two singles to put the game out of reach. Wiley finished the game with two hits and two runs batted in.

The 9-2 win over Harvard puts Texas State at 9-7 for the season with one more tournament remaining before conference play starts.

Softball move above .500 in win over Wichita State

The Texas State softball team defeated Wichita State 4-3, putting the teams' record at 8-7 overall.

Kendall Wiley, junior first baseman, hit a three-run home run to give the Bobcats an early lead. Kimberlin Naviar, sophomore outfielder, hit a solo-home run to regain the lead in the fourth inning after a Wichita State home run tied the game.

Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, earned her sixth win of the season. Rupp stuck out 10 batters in seven innings for her eighth complete game of the season.

Texas State has one more game in the Emu Madeira Beach Spring Invitational against Harvard in the first matchup in school history.

Softball splits matchups against Robert Morris, Florida International

After Olivia Lorusso, Colonials freshman third baseman, hit a three-run home run in the top of the five inning, the momentum shifted in favor of Robert Morris.

In a game defined by homeruns, this one may have been the biggest, as it put Robert Morris up 4-3. It was a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the game.

The Bobcats put five runs on the board in the contest, despite producing four hits in the game.

Coach Ricci Woodard described the pitching performance by Nicole Sleith, Colonials senior pitcher, as dominating. Sleith struck out 13 batters and allowed four hits in seven innings. 

Four home runs lead softball to 7-1 victory over UAB

Sara Rupp, freshman catcher, got the Texas State softball team rolling with a two-run home run in the second inning.

Several Bobcats had a productive day at the plate to secure the 7-1 victory over UAB. The win earned the Bobcats a 6-6 record on the season and a 1-1 record in the EMU Invitational.

Rupp was one of three Bobcats to hit a home run Friday afternoon. Lexi Fryar, sophomore utility player, finished the contest with three hits and two home runs.

Kourtney Koroll, senior designated hitter, recorded her third home run of the season to put some insurance runs on the board in the seventh inning.

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