Texas State downs Panthers twice

Texas State Softball

Texas State opened Sun Belt play on Saturday in dominating fashion with two wins over Georgia State on the road.

The Bobcats held the Panthers scoreless in the first game, 2-0, but found themselves in an extra-inning battle in game two. After 10 innings, Texas State pulled away and remained undefeated in conference play, 5-4.

Game 1

Senior pitcher Randi Rupp controlled game one from inside the circle. Through seven innnings, the senior gave up six hits but only one extra-base hit. Rupp struck out seven batters and only walked one. Her season record improved to 10-5 after the win.

Texas State scored its only runs in the fourth inning after stringing a handful of hits together form senior Ariel Ortiz, sophomore Hailey McKay, freshman Tara Oltman and senior Jaelyn Young. The two runs put up were just enough as Rupp kept the Georgia State offense at bay for the remaining three innings.

Game 2

The final game of the weekend concluded as a well-fought battle by both schools. The match was decided in the 10th with runners on first and third for Texas State. Ortiz drove in her third RBI of the game before Oltman produced a sac-fly to center field. The three-run inning gave the Bobcats the breathing room they needed for freshman McKenna Fryar and Rupp to close the door on the second Sun Belt win of the season. 

Fryar gave up four hits, two runs, no walks and struck out one batter through six innings. Rupp substituted in relief, pitched five innings and struck out 11 Panthers.

“I was really happy with how we competed throughout the day,” head coach Ricci Woodard said in a statement. “We are usually pretty evenly matched with GSU, so we talked about battling it out and I thought we did that. Offensively, we had output from many different people, but Tara came up big in game one, and Ariel got the job done in game two. Our pitching staff continued to keep us in the game. Randi threw it well both games, and McKenna did her job for us with her start. I am very pleased to get two wins on the day.”

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