Texas State baseball was off to a strong start in the spring season, followed by a rough end against No. 8 Arkansas with a 3-4 loss. The Bobcats ultimately lasted three games in the Sun Belt Conference championship tournament before their season came to a close.
With the end of the Bobcat baseball season, comes farewells to a few Texas State seniors.
Tanner Hill, senior catcher, made major moves this season. Hill ended his career with the Bobcats holding the season record for home runs in the Sun Belt Conference with 15. Hill also finished the season with the No. 15 spot in the conference for batting average with a .321. Hill stood out early on in the season in game two against Incarnate Word. Racking up a career high total of five home runs in the game, Hill lead the Bobcats to a 22-5 sweep against the Cardinals.
Left-handed pitcher Cory Geisler improved his game this season. Geisler made an appearance against the University of Louisiana-Lafayette on April 23. With a grand total of 9.0 innings pitched, Geisler allowed four hits and only one run. The Bobcats took the win 2-1 against the Ragin Cajuns.
Right-handed pitchers Jeremy Hallonquist and Lucan Humpal will also not be returning next season. Senior Humpal and returning senior Hallonquist both had successful careers with the Bobcats. Humpal had two back to back impressive games both against UIW and University of Louisiana- Monroe. Against UIW, Humpal only allowed three hits and no runs in his 9.0 innings pitched, allowing the Bobcats to take the win 4-0. Next Humpal pitched another 9.0 innings against UL- Monroe, allowing only a single run and four hits.
Returning senior Hallonquist, had a strong and consistent start at the beginning of the season. Hallonquist played a total of three games this season where he allowed no runs in his time on the mound. As the Bobcats took on Washington State in the first game on the season, Hallonquist only allowed four hits and no runs in his 7.0 innings pitched. On March 5 against UIW, Hallonquist didn’t allow a single run in 3.0 innings. Finally in game two against Appalachian State, Hallonquist held the mound for 8.0 innings only giving up four hits.
Other returning seniors who will end their career with Bobcat baseball include Cody Lovejoy, Chase Hodson, Justin Dellinger and finally Pasquale Mazzoccoli.
Outfielder Cody Lovejoy ends his career as a Bobcat with a .983 fielding percentage. Lovejoy also has a total of 58 catches and 56 putouts for the season.
Right-handed pitcher, Chase Hodson took the mound against Louisiana-Monroe on March 12. Hodson pitched a total of 4.0 innings and didn’t give up a single hit or run. Hodson continued the trend against Appalachian State on March 18.
Justin Dellinger, senior right-handed pitcher took a win in pitching against UIL in his 2.1 innings pitched, only giving up two runs.
Lastly, returning senior Pasquale Mazzoccoli held the mound well in his time on the field as a right-handed pitcher. Mazzoccoli debuted for the season in the season opener against Washington State. Mazzoccoli took the mound for 1.1 innings and only gave up one hit and one run.
Congratulations and farewell to the seniors who completed their last season with Texas State Baseball.