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Bobcats sweep Appalachian State in weekend series

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.

Studio art seniors exhibit thesis projects

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Students of the Texas State School of Art and Design had the opportunity to showcase their work Monday as part of the Spring BFA Thesis Exhibition at The University Galleries.

Mary Mikel Stump, gallery coordinator, said the exhibition is the result of hours of dedication put in by students in the last two semesters of their BFA programs.

“Every week for the next month, there will be a new exhibition,” Stump said. “We have 68 students participating in these thesis exhibitions in this semester alone.”

Stump said students have been progressing to the showcase since entering the program.

PITCH PERFECT: Randi Rupp pitches perfect game in 12-0 victory

Before Wednesday night, the last time a Texas State softball pitcher threw a perfect game was 2008.

Randi Rupp, freshman pitcher, changed that when she led her team to a 12-0 victory over Houston Baptist.

The freshman threw a total of 81 pitches in a shortened five-inning matchup, earning nine strikeouts and the first perfect game in seven years.

“Randi’s been a little frustrated with the way she’s been pitching,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “I think that was big for her to let go of that frustration and come out and pitch and pitch well.”

Rupp understands success from the offense is important. Earlier in the season, Rupp threw a no-hitter against Louisiana Monroe, a game in which the offense put up nine runs.

Texas State falls to Baylor on strikeout cancer night

The Baylor Bears proved they are No. 15 in the nation Wednesday night when they traveled to San Marcos to take on the Texas State softball team.

Texas State gave up three consecutive home runs in the sixth inning, putting the Bears ahead late in the game. Prior to the sixth inning, a single run separated the two teams.

Shelby Friudenberg, Bears freshman first baseman, was the catalyst behind the 6-1 victory over Texas State. The freshman accounted for three of the six runs scored for the Bears. She tallied a pair of solo home runs, bringing her total to 10 on the season.

Campus carry moves through senate, prompts debate

Senate Bill 11 is in the fourth of seven stages of becoming a law.

The campus carry bill is awaiting a vote from the House of Representatives committee.

House Bill 937, which would have permitted concealed carry on university campuses, has been stalled since March 17. SB11 was passed by the Texas Senate in a 20-11 vote on March 18 after a five-hour debate. Senate Bill 17, which permitted open carry, was amended to clarify the exclusion of university campuses. SB17 was received March 20 by the House. It is awaiting a vote in the House committee. If it passes this stage, it will be voted on by the House and will proceed to the governor for approval.

The vote on SB11 was divided along party lines. Three amendments out of 25 were passed.

Bobcats clinch weekend series over Eagles in 11-4 win

The Texas State baseball team was down to its final out in the first, third and fifth innings.

Georgia Southern did not close the deal, and Texas State scored 10 of 11 runs with two outs.

The Bobcats’ 11-4 victory Sunday is their third series win of the season.

“It doesn’t hurt that we came out to an early lead,” said Jeremy Fikac, assistant coach. “When you get knocked down, you gotta get back up. I thought our kids had a lot of fight in them today.”

Texas State exceeded 10 runs for the second time this season, with the bulk of the scoring coming from Granger Studdard, sophomore left fielder, and Tanner Hill, junior catcher.

Bobcats claim first place in conference with win over Eagles

The Texas State baseball team came into Friday night looking to take over first place in the Sun Belt Conference.

All the team needed was a win against Georgia Southern to secure the top spot in the standings.

Texas State accomplished its goal, defeating the Eagles 6-5 at Bobcat Ballpark.

The game was tied going into the bottom of the seventh inning at 4-4, and the Bobcats knew they were going to need production from the offense in order to win.

The seventh inning started off with Cedric Vallieres, senior second basemen, lining a double down the left field line. The next two batters got on base, and Tanner Hill, senior catcher, came up to bat with the bases loaded and one out.

New student organization connects electronic music lovers

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“Love, unity and respect” is the motto adopted by a new campus organization striving to promote the San Marcos electronic music scene.  

Abraham Trevino, criminal justice sophomore and president of the Electronic Music Association (EMA), said the group is dedicated to providing students who appreciate electronic music the opportunity to connect and network.

“We want to create a scene for those who might not fit in,” Trevino said.

The organization is still in the beginning stages, but representatives hope it will improve students’ careers by teaching them how to DJ or produce music.

Trevino, who is a DJ, hopes by creating EMA he can help others find themselves.

Bobcats fend off Cowgirls comeback attempt in 4-3 win

The Texas State softball team secured a 4-3 victory against Southland Conference leader McNeese State Wednesday night thanks to two freshmen.

The bottom of the second inning proved to be the only time in the game timely hitting was present for the Bobcats.

Braegan Hamilton, freshman center fielder, and Ariel Ortiz, freshman shortstop, produced hits in the inning that resulted in a total of four runs: Texas State’s entire scoring output.

The inning began with a pair of walks to Katie Doerre, junior right fielder, and Danielle Warne, sophomore left fielder, which sparked the early surge. A sacrifice bunt from Sara Rupp, freshman catcher, advanced the runners to second and third base.

New student body president, vice president elected

The Student Government election ended Thursday with the start of Lauren Stotler and Tyler Burton’s reign as student body president and vice president.

Winning candidates and university officials gathered in celebration at Lily’s Lounge on the fourth floor of the LBJ Student Center, exchanging congratulatory hugs and hand shakes after the results we’re announced.

Stotler stole the race over Abudualrahman Muhialdin, winning with a total of 364 votes. Burton ran unopposed and garnered 386 votes.

A total of 573 ballots were cast out of the 36,790 enrolled at Texas State representing 1.56 percent of the student population.

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