By Adam Byerly
It was an old fashioned pitcher’s duel in Waco,Texas Wednesday night as the Texas State Softball Team took on No. 21 Baylor. Pitting Randi Rupp against Heather Stearns, and both were pitching great. The game was scoreless through four and a half innings with only three hits until that point, all from Baylor.
The game turned the way of the Bears in the bottom of the fifth. After getting two outs, Kyla Walker reached base on a error, followed by a base hit by Jessica Scroggins and then Sarah Smith got hit by a pitch. This loaded up the bases and a pitching change was made as Quincy Charleston came on for the phenomenal Randi Rupp (L, 19-9) who only gave up 4 hits with 2 strikeouts on the day and got out of two previous innings with numerous Bears on base. Baylor left 6 on base on the night.
Then a wild pitch by Charleston brought home Walker, and a Linsey Hays double to right-center brought home two more runs, before Texas State was finally able to get out of the inning down 3-0.
Only hits by Texas State were in the top of the sixth inning, a pair of singles by Kelli Baker and Kimberlin Naivar. As the stellar pitching of Heather Stearns and, Big-12 Pitcher of the Week, Kendall Potts combined for 11 strikeouts.
Texas State is now 27-17 on the season and will host a three-game conference series against South Alabama in a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m. in San Marcos, Texas.
Featured image by Madison Tyson.