The Texas State Softball team regained momentum quicklyin the third game of the weekend series against Appalachian State Sunday.
The batter’s count was 1-1 when Courtney Harris, senior third baseman, hit a grand slam in the second inning to give the Bobcats an early 5-0 lead.
“(Harris) has done a great job with her approach at the plate,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “If we keep swinging at good pitches, they’re going to fall for us, and that’s all you really can ask for.”
The matchup ended in a 9-1 victory over the Mountaineers.
Kendall Wiley, junior first baseman, and Ariel Ortiz, freshman shortstop, added to the team total of 55 home runs for the season.
The Bobcats, currently third in the conference in home runs, are hitting .294 with six players batting above .300.
Appalachian State got on the board in the fourth inning when Heather Josey, Mountaineers freshman outfielder, grounded out to first base with runners on second and third.
The sacrifice hit was the only run Appalachian State scored Sunday. The loss puts the Mountaineers last in the Sun Belt with a 1-22 conference record.
Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, earned her 21st win after pitching her 26th complete game of the season.
Rupp leads the conference in innings pitched, strikeouts, and wins. She has had consistent support from her defense, which has a .975 fielding percentage, the second highest in the conference.
The Bobcats will have two days of rest before heading to College Station to compete against the 25th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies Wednesday.
Texas State concludes the regular season on the road in a three-game conference series against UT-Arlington Saturday.
“It’s always big when you can come out of the weekend with a sweep,” Woodard said. “We have to continue to battle moving forward. We’ve put ourselves in a good spot heading into the tournament.”
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