Bobcats fend off Cowgirls comeback attempt in 4-3 win

The Texas State softball team secured a 4-3 victory against Southland Conference leader McNeese State Wednesday night thanks to two freshmen.

The bottom of the second inning proved to be the only time in the game timely hitting was present for the Bobcats.

Braegan Hamilton, freshman center fielder, and Ariel Ortiz, freshman shortstop, produced hits in the inning that resulted in a total of four runs: Texas State’s entire scoring output.

The inning began with a pair of walks to Katie Doerre, junior right fielder, and Danielle Warne, sophomore left fielder, which sparked the early surge. A sacrifice bunt from Sara Rupp, freshman catcher, advanced the runners to second and third base.

Bobcats to host Southland Conference leader

The Texas State softball team will take a break from the Sun Belt Conference to host the leaders of the Southland Conference Wednesday night.

McNeese State, 23-10 on the season, is traveling to San Marcos for the first time since 2012. The Cowgirls lead the Southland Conference with a 9-0 record, with five players batting above .300 this season.

“McNeese always brings a good rivalry atmosphere,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “They come in and play hard. They’re going to come in and expect to win a ball game tomorrow night.”

Lauren Langner, Cowgirls senior outfielder, earned her preseason All-Southland Conference bid halfway through the 2015 schedule. Langner has a team-high .406 batting average with 39 hits.

Softball falls to Louisiana-Monroe in second game

The Texas State softball team seemed able to keep up the offensive pace set in the first game of the double-header after Kelli Baker, junior second baseman, scored in the first inning.

However, the Bobcats could not duplicate their success in the second matchup with Louisiana-Monroe Monday afternoon, falling to the Warhawks, 7-4.

Texas State now holds a  5-3 record in conference play this season.

Louisiana-Monroe responded with three runs in the second inning after Baker scored in the first.

Kaylee Garner, sophomore pitcher, gave up nine hits and seven runs in her fifth start of the season.

Softball beats Louisiana-Monroe in first game of doubleheader

The Texas State softball team defeated Louisiana-Monroe 9-0 in the first game of Monday’s double-header with Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, recording the program’s first no-hitter since 2012.

Rupp recorded an out in 20 of 21 plate appearances, with the Warhawks’ only base runner occurring on a hit by pitch in the fourth inning. Rupp recorded 11 strikeouts in her 13th win of the season. The pitcher has tallied a conference-high 145.1 innings this season.

Ariel Ortiz, freshman shortstop, and Kortney Koroll, senior designated hitter, led the Bobcat offense with a combined three hits and five runs batted in.

Sara Rupp, freshman catcher, added a run in the second inning with a solo home run. Rupp’s four home runs are tied for fourth on the team this season.

Softball sweeps double-header against Lumberjacks

Game one and two of Wednesday’s double-header against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks each had the same result -- a victory for the Texas State softball team.

But the team took different paths to get to that point.

Unlike the first game, the Bobcats started quickly, scoring three runs in the first inning. Kortney Koroll, senior designated player, brought in two of those runs with a home run that scored Courtney Harris, senior third baseman.

Coach Ricci Woodard's goal was to move into the Louisiana-Monroe series with some momentum.

Softball wins in extra innings, 1-0

The Texas State softball team found a way to defeat the Stephen F. Austin Lumberlakcs 1-0 in the first matchup of Wednesday’s double header.

The Bobcats and Ladyjacks did not register a hit in first two innings of action. Stephen F. Austin put runners on first and third base in the top of the third inning but were not able to capitalize on the scoring opportunity.

Texas State was guilty of much of the same in the fourth inning, as they stranded runners on second and third, but left them there to end the inning.

Woodard earns 500th career victory against Georgia State

Coach Ricci Woodard could not ask for a better way to record her 500th career win in Texas State's 5-4 victory over Georgia State.

There were two runners on base when Kendall Wiley, junior first baseman, hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Wiley’s home run would score Harris after Kortney Koroll, senior designated player, put down a sacrifice-bunt to move Harris to third base.

The 5-4 win over Georgia State puts the Texas State softball team at 16-12 on the season and 4-2 in conference.

“I was just trying to stay focused on the game,” Woodard said. “I just wanted to get that 500th win done so we can move on to win 501.”

Bobcats lose lead to Panthers, fall 13-4

The Texas State softball team held a 4-0 lead with two innings remaining.

Then the Georgia State Panthers scored 13 runs in the final two innings of play to take the 13-4 victory.

Before this run took place, all signs were pointing to a Bobcat victory. The win would’ve gave Coach Ricci Woodard her 500th collegiate victory. 

Kayle Garner, sophomore pitcher, has not been able to play a majority of this season due to a back injury. Garner started for the Bobcats after Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, threw a complete game against the Panthers earlier in the day. 

After giving up no runs in the first five innings of the game, Garner allowed three runs in the top of the sixth inning before being replaced by Rupp.

Softball drops first game of double-header to Georgia State

The Texas State softball team's matchup with Georgia State started with an early 3-0 hole in the first inning.

The Bobcats registered a run in the third inning. Kimberlin Naivar, sophomore center fielder, hit a double that brought Bianca Prado, sophomore infielder, home.

Ivie Drake, Panthers freshman catcher, hit her second home run of the game in the top of the fifth inning to put the Panthers up three runs.

Texas State did not register a hit in the fifth or sixth innings.

Drake hit her third home run of the game in the top of the sixth that put Georgia State up 5-1.

Bobcats win at home with shutout

It was better late than never for the Texas State softball team.

The Bobcats scored eight runs in the final three innings of their 8-0 victory against Lamar.

The team led 8-0 after the fifth inning, cutting the game two short.

Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, held the Cardinals to two hits in 16 at bats.

Rupp, who pitched a complete game against Lamar, improved her earned run average to 2.51 on the season. Rupp has won her last three games inside the circle.

Rupp feels the experience she is gaining will help her be a better player for the next four years.


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