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May 8th, 2009
Bobcats advance to softball title game

STAFF REPORT

Sophomore outfielder Allyce Rother, who has seldom appeared on the highlight reel this season for the Texas State softball team, is making her presence felt when her team needs it most.

Rother homered in the fifth inning Friday, helping the top-seeded Bobcats beat McNeese State, 1-0. The Bobcats, 38-16 this season, will play in the Southland Conference Tournament championship game Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Rother, who entered the tournament with no home runs this season, has hit two in two games of the tournament, including a key blast in Texas State’s opening 3-1 win against Stephen F. Austin Thursday.

With Rother homering Friday, the Bobcats were bound to beat McNeese State, which is the hosting team in the tournament. After all, the Bobcats had Chandler Hall pitching.

Hall pitched the entire seven innings, allowing just three hits and striking out seven. The victory raised the freshman’s record this year to 23-9.

“Allyce (Rother) has struggled a little but this season, but it’s nice to see her hit some long balls,” said Texas State Coach Ricci Woodard. “Chandler (Hall) has done a good job on the mound, keeping us in ball games.”

Texas-San Antonio was to play Sam Houston State Friday in the loser’s bracket. The winner of that game will play McNeese State Saturday at 11 a.m., with the winner earning a crack at Texas State in the 1:30 p.m. title game.

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