Bobcats begin season with high expectations

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Texas State Softball

The Texas State softball season is finally upon the Bobcats with the 2018 Bobcat Classic scheduled to start on Thursday. The teams invited and competing against the Bobcats this year includes Sam Houston State, Florida State and Portland State.

The tournament is set to play out as a round-robin where each school will play against one another twice throughout the weekend. The first game of the weekend will begin on Thursday at 6 p.m. with Sam Houston State and Texas State set to compete.

Headlining the Bobcat roster with Sun Belt honors are seniors Randi Rupp and Ariel Ortiz. Rupp was awarded Preseason pitcher of the year, while Ortiz was announced preseason player of the year. As a whole, Texas State earned the first-place spot in the preseason coaches’ poll. This marks the first time since joining the Sun Belt that head coach Ricci Woodard’s group was selected the conference favorite. 

“After the success of her junior year, this preseason honor is much deserved for Randi,” head coach Ricci Woodard said in a statement. “She works hard and has learned to compete with every pitch. She looks to cap off her career with a strong senior campaign.”

Ariel has put herself in a position to continue to have a great impact in our lineup,” Woodard said in a statement. “Her preseason nod demonstrates the respect she has garnered from our conference, and like Randi, it is well deserved with the continual growth we have seen from her throughout her career.”

The Bobcats are scheduled to play in four tournaments this season - The 2018 Bobcat Classic, The Littlewood Classic, FAU’s “Strike-Out-Cancer” Tournament and The Texas A&M Invitational. Sun Belt play will open on the road when the Bobcats visit Georgia State on March, 10. 

“It is exciting for our squad to be picked to finish first,” Woodard said. “It is a testament to the foundation our upperclassmen have laid. While it is something worth noting, we now have the task ahead of us to compete day after day to actually make this goal a reality.”

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