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May 10th, 2010
Bobcats earn share of third straight league title

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The Texas State softball team will be the second seed at the Southland Conference softball tournament to be played this week at Bobcat Field. Texas State sports information photo.

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The Texas State softball team salvaged the final game of three during the weekend at Stephen F. Austin (SFA), securing a tie for the Southland Conference regular season championship.

However, the Bobcats lost two games Saturday against SFA, the team with which they tied for the league title. Thus, the Bobcats will be the second seed at the Southland Conference Tournament, which will run Thursday through Saturday at Bobcat Field.

If the tournament goes according to form, then, the Bobcats will get another shot at SFA during the championship round of the league tournament. Texas State will open the tournament Thursday at 6:30 p.m. against the winner of a 1:30 p.m. game between third-seeded Texas-Arlington (UTA) and sixth-seeded Nicholls State.

The Southland Conference Tournament is a six-team, double-elimination affair. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Adult reserved all-tournament tickets for the Southland Conference Tournament are available for $35, while youth reserved tickets are available for $25. General admission all-tournament tickets are available for $25. Tickets will also be available for each day of the tournament. An adult reserved day ticket is $15, while a youth day ticket is $10. General admission individual day tickets also will also be available for $10. Tickets for the event are available at the Texas State athletics ticket office, online at www.txstatebobcats.com, by calling (512) 245-2272 or at any Texas Box Office outlet.

The Bobcats earned the tie for the regular season championship with an 8-7 win against SFA Sunday afternoon at Bobcat Field. Leah Boatright and Kristina Tello each had two hits. Texas State pitcher Chandler Hall held an 8-2 lead going to the seventh, when SFA pounded her for five runs. Elizabeth Dennis picked up the final out for her second save of the season.

Texas State needed the win after dropping both games of a double header to SFA Saturday afternoon. Entering Saturday’s games, Texas State held a one-game lead over SFA with three games remaining, meaning the Bobcats would have taken the league championship outright with two wins.

But that possibility was erased when SFA notched two extra-inning victories to sweep the Saturday double header. SFA won the opener, 3-1, when Kendal Harper hit a two-run homer against Hall in the ninth inning. SFA claimed the second game, 4-3, when Texas State’s Anne Marie Taylor allowed a walk-off homer by Briana Bishop in the eighth.

The double header sweep ensured that SFA would win the season series against Texas State and hold the tiebreaker for the tournament’s top seed.

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