On the same day she was named the Sun Belt’s pitcher of the week and espnW’s national player of the week, Randi Rupp pitched a complete-game shutout over 13th-ranked Baylor on Wednesday.
Rupp, who improved to 20-5, threw 91 pitches, allowing three hits and striking out four batters in the 1-0 win.
“I’m blessed to be able to receive those awards,” Rupp said. “Coming into (the) game, I kind of put those in the back of my mind and just focused on going out there and making quality pitches, not thinking too much about the awards. … I knew (Baylor) was going to be a great team to come out and battle. For us to stay focused as a team throughout the whole game was awesome.”
The Bobcats got the victory when Kennedy Cline scored on a ground ball by Christina McDowell in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“It’s been a great week for her and a great honor,” Bobcats coach Ricci Woodard said of Rupp. “I was thinking it would be interesting to see how she responds. Last year, I felt like the pressure kind of got to her a little bit when those things came out for her.
“With the preseason polls and the Randi Rupp name coming up everywhere, I felt like it got to her. This year, it has not affected her at all. In fact, I feel she is playing the game as well as she has ever played it. It was fun to watch her tonight.”
The Bobcats (30-8, 11-3 Sun Belt) face another ranked opponent at home this weekend with a three-game series against No. 17 Louisiana-Lafayette (30-5, 12-0). The Ragin’ Cajuns and Bobcats are the top two teams in the conference standings.
Baseball falls at Texas:After winning the previous two matchups against Texas, Texas State lost 9-2 on Tuesday night in Austin.
It was the Longhorns’ fourth win in five games and it tied the season series with the Bobcats 1-1. The teams will face each other again Tuesday night in Austin.
It was the third straight loss for the Bobcats (20-14), who had dropped the final two games of their series against Arkansas-Little Rock last weekend. Texas State, at 7-5, is in third place of the Sun Belt’s West Division.
Conner de-commits:Wylie quarterback Stacy Conner has flipped his commitment from Texas State to UNLV, leaving the Bobcats with two pledges for the 2018 class, both offensive linemen — San Marcos guard Alex Costilla and Waxahachie tackle Jack York.
Conner, a three-star prospect who had been committed to the Bobcats since last fall, made his decision last week after taking a visit to Las Vegas. He was at Texas State’s junior day two weeks ago, when he said his commitment to the Bobcats was firm.