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Young Delivers Walk-Off Single To Lift Bobcats Past Texas In Extras
SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State loaded the bases in the ninth thanks to two singles and a muffed play at third to
set the stage for Jaelyn Young’s walk-off single to left as the Bobcats downed Texas 2-1 in front of 903 spectators
Wednesday evening at Bobcat Softball Stadium.
The win, which was TXST’s first season sweep of the Longhorns since the 2000 season, is the Bobcats third straight against UT and moves the squad’s overall record to 26-8. UT falls to 20-15 on the season.
Bailee Carter singled to right, giving the Bobcats a runner on base with one out in the ninth. Kimberlin Naivar then legged out an infield single to put two runners on base. Christiana McDowell followed with a fielder’s choice to third that was misplayed by the UT fielder to load the bases. Two batters later Young sent Paige von Sprecken’s 1-2 offering to the grass in left for her first walk-off hit of the season.
Randi Rupp earned the victory in the circle for the Bobcats. The junior threw nine complete and struck out seven, while scattering seven Longhorn hits. It took Rupp just three batters into the game to collect her first strikeout and thus her 800 career strikeout. Rupp becomes just the fourth Bobcat in program history to record 800-plus career strikeouts, joining Nicole Neuerberg (1,019), Chandler Hall (834) and Katie Ann Trahan (809).
Texas put runners on first and second with two down in the second inning, but a sharp liner to Corrina Liscano at third ended the Longhorn threat and kept the game scoreless. The Bobcats also got baserunners to first and second in the second inning as Young singled to left center and Kennedy Cline walked, but like her counterpart in the circle, UT starter Erica Wright stranded both runners.
The Bobcats got on the scoreboard first, scoring one in the home half of the third. Carter led off the frame with a single to center, moved to second on Naivar’s sacrifice bunt and came home on McDowell’s RBI single to right field. The RBI was McDowell’s 11th of the season, while the run scored was Carter’s 16th.
Texas State threatened to add to its lead in the fourth as Liscano started the inning with a bloop single to left, took second on a wild pitch and third on a Taylor Webb sac bunt. Cline then walked to put runners on the corners with one out. However, UT’s Brooke Bolinger – the Longhorns’ third hurler of the evening – escaped the jam with consecutive foul outs.
Texas took advantage of two Bobcat errors to tie the game 1-1 in the sixth. UT’s Taylor Ellsworth reached and took
second on a dropped pop fly that rolled into the UT dugout. Pinch runner Bekah Alcozer came around to score on the next pitch as Tiarra Davis’s single to left was mishandled.
UT’s Tuesday DerMargosian ran the Longhorns out of the seventh inning as she was thrown out at home by TXST’s
Liscano. DerMargosian hit an infield single and was sacrificed over to second. After Rupp fanned her sixth Longhorn, Devon Tunning hit a sharp ball to short that was mishandled. Liscano scooped up the ball and fired home to catch DerMargosian at the plate.
Texas State again put runners on the corners in the eighth, but UT’s von Sprecken stranded both.
UT’s von Specken was saddled with the loss on the staff day, falling to 5-3 on the season. All five pitchers on the Texas staff saw time in the circle.
BOBCATS GO4THEGOAL BY LACING UP FOR PEDIATRIC CANCER AWARENESS
Texas State and Texas supported the Go4theGoal organization by participating in Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer games.
Both programs wore gold shoe laces in support of the initiative. Fans wore gold to the games and donated $818 to Go4theGoal’s mission of improving the lives of children battling cancer by providing financial support, developing and implementing unique hospital programs, funding innovative research and granting personal wishes. For more information, visit GO4THEGOAL.ORG.
Texas State travels to South Alabama for a three-game Sun Belt Conference series starting Saturday, April 8. The Bobcats and Jaguars are scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. (CT) and 3:00 p.m. (CT) doubleheader on Saturday and a single game Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT).
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Source- Texas State University Sports Information