SAN MARCOS –The Texas Longhorns softball team (23-15, 6-0 in the Big 12) lost in San Marcos to No. 24 Texas State (30-8) for the third consecutive year. The game went into extra innings last season but a score by the Bobcats in the bottom of the sixth lifted them to a 2-1 victory in seven innings on Wednesday.
Texas State senior pitcher Randi Rupp (18-6), current back-to-back Sun Belt pitcher of the week, got the win after tossing a complete game while striking out nine and allowing six hits.
“We missed on a couple executions,” Texas coach Connie Clark said. “You just can’t against a quality pitcher like Randi. I think those missed opportunities are something that we have to be able to take away and be just a little bit better on.”
The Longhorns jumped on the board first in the second inning when junior right fielder Bekah Alcozer sent the first pitch of the inning over the right-center wall for a solo home run.
“I was looking for that first pitch,” Alcozer said. “(Rupp) is a great pitcher, one of the best in the nation, so I was just looking for the first pitch because I knew that after that I wasn’t going to get much from her.”
The Longhorns didn’t get much from Rupp for the rest of the game as the senior bounced back from her first loss to Texas in March.
“She’s just smooth, mechanically she’s smooth,” Clark said of Rupp. “She’s pretty deceptive. Brings a few different speeds to the table. Spins the ball well and spins the ball over the zone, doesn’t walk people and doesn’t beat herself.”
After getting their first three hits of the game in the bottom of the second, the Bobcats tied the game when junior left fielder Mari Cranek was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Freshman second baseman Tara Oltmann scored on the play.
It was a tied game until a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth by freshman pinch hitter Brianna Sannem sent sophomore pinch runner Bailee Carter home, giving the Bobcats the 2-1 lead.
Texas senior pitcher Paige von Sprecken (9-6) allowed seven hits, two runs and struck out two in six innings.
The victory marked the eighth straight win for the Bobcats, with their last loss coming against the Longhorns in Austin on March 21. The Bobcats are 4-2 against the Longhorns over the last two seasons, including the NCAA College Station regional last year.
Texas returns home this weekend for a three-game series against Texas Tech (21-19, 1-8) starting on Friday.