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March 25th, 2010
Boatright bash pushes Bobcats past Texas

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Texas State pulled off another upset of a ranked opponent at home Wednesday night, beating Texas, 9-7. Texas State sports information photo.

STAFF REPORT

Leah Boatright hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday night, lifting the Texas State softball team to a 9-7 win against No. 15 Texas at Bobcat Field.

It’s the second time this season that the Bobcats have defeated a nationally ranked opponent on their own field. The Bobcats beat No. 22 Baylor, 4-3, on March 10.

The Wednesday win pushed Texas State past .500, to 14-13, after a 3-10 start.

“We kept battling and we were able to get a couple of runs at the end of the game off of their best pitcher and that was huge for us,” Texas State head coach Ricci Woodard said.

Boatright capped her night of two homers and five RBI night with the winning blast against Longhorns ace Blaire Luna, who fell to 12-4. Anna Marie Taylor pitched 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief for the Bobcats, improving to 5-4.

The Bobcats scored twice in the second inning on RBI singles by McKenzie Baack and Allyce Royther, then upped their lead to 4-0 with two more in the third on Boatright’s two-run homer. The early scoring forced Texas to reshuffle its pitching plan for the night, bringing in Luna for the fourth inning.

“It was huge,” Woodard said. “They (Texas) didn’t want to have to use Blaire Luna at all tonight so getting the early lead forced them to play their hands differently.”

However, Texas surged ahead with two runs in the fourth and five in the fifth, chasing Texas State starter Chandler Hall. The Longhorns held a 6-4 lead with runners on first and third and two outs in the fifth when Taylor came in to relieve. After one run scored on an illegal pitch, Taylor induced a fly out to end the inning.

Texas State then came within 7-6 with two runs in the sixth, one scoring on Kristina Tello’s single and the next crossing on a throwing error.

The Bobcats go on the road this weekend for a three-game series at Southeastern Louisiana. A Saturday double header will begin at 3 p.m., with a single game on Sunday to start at noon.

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