Texas State notebook: Rupp, Bobcats snap losing streak to Longhorns

Texas’ 11-game home winning streak against Texas State came to an end Wednesday night in a 2-1 Bobcats victory, their first in Austin since February 2009.

Junior pitcher Randi Rupp threw a complete game and held the Longhorns, who averaged six runs a game in last weekend’s Mary Nutter Classic in California, to five hits. She struck out six.

Ariel Ortiz’s two-run home run in the first inning was all the offense Rupp (7-1) needed.

“I keep telling this team they have a really good chance to be a good ball club, and they just beat a really good ball club,” Texas State coach Ricci Woodard said through a statement. “This is one of those wins that help us believe we are good instead of just me telling them that. This was a good win for us at this point in the season and it couldn’t have come at a better time.”

The win improved the Bobcats, who’ll play at Auburn’s Wilson/Dermani Classic this weekend, to 10-3. Texas State faces College of Charleston (7-5) on Friday.

Senior Night victories: The men’s and women’s basketball teams both won their senior night games, the men beating South Alabama 90-64 on Monday and the women beating Troy 74-72 last Saturday.

The men’s win secured the program’s first winning season in 14 years. The Bobcats (17-11, 10-6 Sun Belt) are in fifth place in the conference standings with two games left. Kavin Gilder-Tilbury, a senior, was named the league’s player of the week after scoring 26 points against South Alabama, matching his career high.

The women (16-11, 11-5) are in third place. Junior guard Taeler Deer scored 20 points against Troy, her third 20-point game of the season.

Both teams finish the regular season in Louisiana this weekend. Both faced Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday and will play Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.

More football staff changes: Outside linebackers coach Tyler Santucci has left Texas State to become a defensive analyst for Notre Dame. He’ll be replaced by Jordan Peterson, who’s spent the last five years coaching outside linebackers at Fresno State.

After Brett Elliott left to become Mississippi State’s quarterbacks coach last month, Zak Kuhr was promoted to offensive coordinator and Eric Mateos, who was an LSU graduate assistant and interim tight ends coach, was hired to coach the Bobcats’ offensive line.

The addition of Mateos has already yielded results. Waxahachie offensive tackle Jack York, who was at Texas State’s junior day last weekend, committed to the Bobcats and listed Mateos as a determining factor.

York, a three-star prospect, became Texas State’s second commitment for the 2018 recruiting class after Wylie quarterback Stacy Conner.

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