Texas softball coach Connie Clark speaks to her team during the second day of practice for the 2017 season at McCombs Field Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Texas softball falls to Texas State for the second time this season, 2-1

Posted April 6th, 2017

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SAN MARCOS — Texas lost to Texas State for the second time this season Wednesday night, this time in extra innings on a walk-off single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, 2-1.

Bobcats designated hitter Jaelyn Young hit the game-winning single to left field with the bases loaded and the game tied, 1-1.

Texas State beat Texas in Austin by the same 2-1 score on March 1.

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Junior pitcher Randi Rupp threw all nine innings, allowing five hits and no earned runs while striking out seven on 140 pitches. She improved to 16-5 and recorded her 800th career strikeout in the first inning.

Paige von Sprecken (5-3), who pitched the final 2.2 innings, was credited with the loss. Texas used five pitchers in all.

The Longhorns planned to use all of their pitchers to get some mid-week work, Texas coach Connie Clark said.

“(von Sprecken) competed exceptionally well, but they got the timely hit and unfortunately we didn’t,” Clark said. “It’s something that we’ve got to keep working at. We’ve got to come up with timely hits. I think our ball club is better than the runs that we’ve been putting up, so we’ve got to figure that out.”

The Bobcats (25-8) got on the board first when Bailee Carter scored on Christiana McDowell’s RBI single to right field in the bottom of the third inning. But Texas (20-15) tied it three innings later when Bekah Alcozer scored on a Texas State throwing error.

The Bobcats had four errors in the game.

“I thought we had some quality at-bats,” Clark said. “But we just could not come up with the gap shot when we needed it. … At times this game is cruel. Often times you get a break here and there, but we just haven’t gotten a break with it. We’ve just got to keep working and keep competing. We had some nice defense at times, but we’re not going to win a lot of games if we score one run. I think that’s the bottom line.”

Texas, which is 0-3 in Big 12 play, returns home for a conference series this weekend against No. 11 Oklahoma, starting Friday.

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