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May 17th, 2009
After upset win, Bobcats fall from NCAA tournament

STAFF REPORT

After pulling a huge upset to start the NCAA tournament in Waco last Friday, the Texas State softball team dropped two straight later in the weekend and ended its season.

The Bobcats notched an 8-0 win against No. 13 Northwestern as freshman Chandler Hall pitched another outstanding game and the Bobcats scored six runs in the fourth inning.

The Bobcats worked their big inning when their first three hitters walked, then Northwestern fielders made three errors. Hall allowed only one hit in five innings, improving her record to 25-9.

However the Bobcats fell in the winner’s bracket semifinal, when Baylor tapped Hall for four runs in the fifth inning on its way to a 7-4 win. Texas State led, 3-2, through four innings, but let the Bears break on top with two fielding errors in the fifth inning.

Needing a win Sunday to stay alive, the Bobcats managed only one hit against two Louisiana-Lafayette pitchers. Meanwhile, the Bobcats made two errors in the fifth inning, again letting the opposition score four runs. Louisiana-Lafayette charted a 5-0 win, ending the Bobcats’ season.

“It’s a special group of young ladies and it’s hard to finish this way,” Texas State coach Ricci Woodard said after the Louisiana Lafayette game.  “(Against Baylor), I thought we let a key opportunity slip away from us. If we would have come out with that win we would have put ourselves in a great position today and unfortunately we didn’t do that. It has been too many years since we have been here. I didn’t have a single player on my team that had been to regionals, so I think for what we came in and were able to do we did a really good job. ”

The Bobcats ended their season 40-18 overall, winning the Southland Conference regular season and the conference tournament in the same year for the first time since 2001.

The Bobcats graduate seven players off this year’s team.

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