Bobcats come up short against No. 9 Florida State

Photo by Gerald Castillo

Texas State Softball

Texas State took a 2-1 lead over No. 9 Florida State behind back-to-back solo home runs from sophomore first base Hailey MacKay.

But the Seminoles used a 3-run fifth inning to hand the Bobcats a 4-2 loss inside Bobcat Softball Stadium in the Bobcat Classic on Friday.

Head coach Ricci Woodward was pleased with how her team performed against aTop 10-ranked team despite suffering the first loss of the season.

“I just told (the team) it means we can compete with the best in the country, which is how I kind of felt all year,” Woodard said. “This is game number two and I felt like we competed with a really good ballclub that has a lot of returning hitters on it. And so, I’m dealing with a group of players that are just learning to play together."

Florida State took advantage of a lucky bounce in the second inning. Sophomore left fielder Dani Morgan hit a ball to the wall, but she hesitated rounding second and was nearly thrown out at third, but the ball hit her back and she slid in safely. Sophomore catcher Anna Shelnutt brought Morgan home with a sac-fly.

MacKay’s first solo shot in the second inning evened the game at 1-1, and in the fourth inning her second home run allowed the Bobcats to take a 2-1 lead.

But the Seminoles were able to get to Texas State’s ace pitcher Randi Rupp in the fifth inning. Florida State had three runs cross home to grab a 4-2 advantage.

Texas State’s offense couldn’t rally, and the Bobcats fell to the Seminoles.

Rupp, who threw 13 strikeouts in Texas State’s season-opening win over Sam Houston State on Thursday, said she learned from Friday’s loss, and believes the outcome could’ve been different.

“They didn’t hit my good pitches, which is good,” Rupp said. “So that’s just something I have to work on is keeping the ball low in the zone, and I think we win if I just keep the ball low in the fourth or fifth in or wherever it was and it’s a different ball game.”

MacKay’s two home runs were a part of a four-hit outing for the Bobcats. She said Florida State pitcher Kylee Hanson’s down movement on her pitchers affected Texas State at the plate, but added that Texas State needs to be more patient at the plate.

“I think we helped (Hanson) out a little bit at times,” MacKay said. “But we competed well. I’m proud of how we competed as a team. You know, my two home runs are great but we win and lose as a team so we all got to be in it together or it’s not enough.”

Texas State returns to action Saturday against Sam Houston State at 10 a.m. and take on the Seminoles again at 12 p.m.

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