The Texas State softball team lost its fifth straight nonconference game and second contest to Baylor University this season, 7-3 at home Tuesday night in 10 innings.
The Bears’ sophomore shortstop Jordan Strickland hit a one-out, two-run home run in the top of the 10th to give Baylor the lead and clinch the game.
Sophomore right fielder Kaitlyn Thumann added an RBI in the top of the 10th to push the lead, 6-3. Redshirt first baseman Holly Holl hit a double deep to center field to drive in the final run for Baylor, giving them the 7-3 advantage. She had four RBI for the Bears.
All three Bobcats who came to the plate in the bottom of the 10th struck out swinging to end the game.
After Bobcat baseball earned its first sweep of the season against Seattle University, Texas State was swept by California State University-Sacramento this weekend in Sacramento.
Texas State lost three games by a combined four runs, dropping game one 3-2, the second 7-5 and the third 1-0 to drop to 12-19, 5-4 in conference.
“We were disappointed we did not win the series,” said Coach. “We were very confident and comfortable that we were going to win coming into the series.”
The Bobcats left a total of 25 men on base in the three-game series against the Hornets, including 12 on Saturday in a 7-5 loss.
The Bobcats got into holes in all three games by giving up runs early in contests. All of the Hornets’ runs in the series came in the first four innings of each game, including seven in Saturday’s loss. Texas State’s starting pitching gave up 10 of the 11 runs on the weekend.
Recently hired basketball coach Danny Kaspar has a new home away from home.
Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Kaspar recognizes the potential of Texas State basketball and the advantages that a growing university provides.
“I’ve always seen Texas State as a university with great potential,” Kaspar said. “I think this is a wonderful place to live, Central Texas. I have many relatives up here. It’s always been just outside my back yard.”
The 2012-13 Southland Conference Coach of the Year plans to place a higher emphasis on defensive basketball. This will be a drastic change from the run-and-gun-style offense the Bobcats utilized last year.
This past season, Stephen F. Austin State University, Kaspar’s former team, led the nation in scoring defense, allowing 51.2 points per game. In contrast, Texas State was ranked 325 out of 345, giving up 75.2 points. In 2010-11, SFA led the nation with 56.7 and was third in 2011-12 with 54.4.
The Texas State softball team won its first home WAC series of the season over this past weekend, claiming the final two games of the matchup from Louisiana Tech University.
The ball club now posts an overall record of 9-28 and currently sits fifth in the conference standings with a 4-5 WAC record.
“I think we’re in a good spot right now,” sophomore third baseman Courtney Harris said. “We’re on the right track. We definitely have momentum up and our ultimate goal is to be in the right spot by the conference tournament.”
The Bobcats blew a 6-1 lead in the top of the sixth and fell 7-6 in game one but bounced back to take the series with 7-3 and 8-3 victories Friday and Saturday.
The team was led by senior second baseman Anna Hernandez over the weekend. Hernandez hit .500, drove in three RBI and had a run in the Bobcats’ two wins.
Texas State held its third annual Maroon-Gold spring game on Saturday night, hoping to prove the Bobcats could clean up the mistakes that plagued them during a 4-8 season in 2012.
The result was mixed, but in the end Maroon prevailed over Gold 28-14 at Bobcat Stadium, led by redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Moore’s 151 all-purpose yards.
Running back Chris Nutall chipped in seven carries for 63 yards and a touchdown.
“I thought there were some nice teachable moments in that game,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “There were a lot of things that were positive, and we are starting to look a little more like a football team.”
Moore fumbled on third-and-goal at the 1-yard line during Maroon’s first possession and threw an interception at the end of the first half. He bounced back with rushing and passing touchdowns in the second half and no turnovers. Overall, Texas State committed four turnovers and four penalties.
The third Maroon-Gold Spring Game under Coach Dennis Francione will kick off at 6 p.m. on April 6 at Bobcat Stadium, but for the players the game began on Wednesday.
Captains were chosen, and the Bobcats held a draft to make up the Maroon and Gold teams Wednesday afternoon with strategy and winning already on the minds of the players prior to setting foot on the field.
“You know, I’ve done this so many times that I’m almost surprised every year,” Franchione said. “I mean sometimes you think they’re going to take this quarterback surely, and they don’t. You can kind of tell what they think of their teammates.”
The Gold Team received the first pick of the draft, taking senior defensive lineman Blake McColloch. Junior running back Chris Nutall was picked second overall by the Maroon Team.
Texas State baseball has turned its attention to a road trip this weekend to face Sacramento State after the team’s Tuesday game was rained out and rescheduled for May 8.
The Bobcats were going into the originally scheduled game on Tuesday against Prairie View A&M University with less fresh arms than they might prefer. Six pitchers were used in the 12-inning 4-3 loss to Rice University on Monday.
The 4-3 loss to Rice was among several close, competitive games for Bobcats that ended in defeats. The Bobcats also lost to the University of Texas-Austin and Baylor University, 5-3 and 6-3 respectively. Sacramento beat UT 5-3 in Austin this season but eventually lost the series. Sacramento is 2-4 so far in the WAC and 15-13 for the season.
The Texas State softball team will try to avoid being the first team in 13 years under Coach Ricci Woodard not to finish more than .500 at home when it faces Louisiana Tech University this weekend.
The Bobcats (7-27) are currently 2-12 this year in San Marcos with 11 games left at home this season. The team’s two wins at home this year came in March against Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Troy University 7-1 and 5-0, respectively.
“We don’t really talk about whether we are home or away,” Woodard said. “It shouldn’t matter. We should play the same ball.”
The Bobcats dropped their first home WAC series to the University of Texas-San Antonio, getting swept by the Roadrunners for the first time since the 2004 season.
The team has been outscored 68-38 by its opponents in 14 games at home this year, averaging 2.7 runs per contest.
Within the Jowers Center on the Texas State Campus resides a mostly unknown sporting organization with a longstanding and distinguished history.
The Texas State Fencing Club, established in 1975, is the longest active club organization at Texas State. For the first time in its history, the club has been invited to compete in the United States Association of Collegiate Fencing Clubs Championships at Michigan State University April 6 and 7. The tournament has open competitions for schools around the country to participate, but receiving an invitation is a special honor.
“The club has a good tradition,” said Wyatt Constantine, international studies senior and fencer. “We have a reputation of fielding good fencers. I’m not scared at all. At the very least, they’re going to remember Texas State. We’re going to be facing a lot of schools where fencing is really strong. It’s going to be awesome.”