SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State softball fell by a 5-0 final to the visiting USSSA Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch league Thursday evening at Bobcat Softball Stadium in front of a crowd of 843.
Texas State’s Randi Rupp, who was recently invited to Team USA Selection Camp in January, worked a complete game in the circle. She was through six innings with only a single earned run but gave up a three-run home run in the seventh for the 5-0 final. The rising junior finished with six strikeouts while giving up eight hits.
In the third, Rupp surrendered a single and a walk, followed by a single to Kelly Kretschman to load the bases with none out. Rupp responded to strike out Shelby Pendley then got a pair of infield groundouts to escape the jam unscathed.
The Pride got a run on the board in the fourth as a Bobcat error allowed Lauren Chamberlin, who had reached on a leadoff double, to score from third. The Pride made it 2-0 in the sixth as Chamberlin again came around to score, this time on a Brianna Hamilton RBI.
GiOnna DiSalvatore produced the 5-0 score line with the three-run shot in the seventh, scoring Kretschman and Cheyenne Cordes.
Christiana McDowell had the Bobcats’ lone hit – a single up the middle in the first inning – as Jolene Henderson threw seven scoreless frames with seven strikeouts.
Texas State continues its 2016 fall season Thurs., Nov 10 at the University of Texas. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. in Austin. The Bobcats then host UTSA on Fri., Nov. 10 before closing out the fall season with the annual Alumni Game on Sat., Nov. 12.
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