When it comes down to describing the career accomplishments of Cleveland Comets 2018 National Pro Fastpitch draft pick Randi Rupp, it’s easier to list what she didn’t do during her four-year career at Texas State University.
Rupp, a 5-foot-11, right-handed pitcher from Mont Belvieu, Texas, went hitless in her career. Never mind she never stepped foot in the batter’s box but that’s about all she didn’t do as a Bobcat.
In 2018, Rupp became the first player in school history to earn First Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors all four years and just the second pitcher in conference history to do it. She also was named the SBC Pitcher of the Year in both 2017 and 2018 and was a National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association honoree in each of her four seasons as well.
Rupp’s legacy at Texas State won’t soon be forgotten.
She left San Marcos with a school-record 110 wins and also set program marks in career strikeouts (1,270), career appearances (197) and career innings pitched (1,057 1/3). She finished second in school history in both career shutouts (42) and career complete games (106). Rupp is third in career ERA (1.60).
Rupp was just as effective at Barbers Hill High School where as a senior she was named the Texas Gatorade Softball Player of the Year award. That year, she finished 27-1 with a 0.45 ERA and 303 strikeouts in just 169 2/3 innings of work. In high school, Rupp did get the chance to swing a bat and she did it well. She finished her senior season with a .398 batting average with four home runs and 21 RBI.
Learn more about Randi Rupp:
How old were you when you started playing softball and why did you stick with it?
“I started playing softball at the age of four,” Rupp said. “Softball is just something that I have always enjoyed and thankful for the relationships I have made along the way.”
- Bats: Right
- Throws: Right
- Birthday: June 21
- Instagram: randirupp
- Twitter: randirupp
- Nickname: Big Girl
- Special Skill (other than softball): Rolling her tongue
- Second Favorite Sport: Basketball
- Favorite Food: Seafood
- Favorite Singer/Group: Kyle Park
- Favorite Athlete: Cat Osterman (who became her pitching coach at Texas State)
- Last Book She Read: The Energy Bus
- Pregame Ritual: Rupp puts on her left sock before her right
- Favorite Quote: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13
Did You Know?
Rupp’s twin sister Sara has been her catcher from the youth leagues throughout her career at Texas State.