So Far, So Perfect
The Texas State softball team improved to 7-0 Tuesday in fall ball. The team had a 1-0 shutout victory over St. Edward’s at the Bobcat Softball Stadium. The game was tied for the first six innings with both teams not scoring a run until the bottom of the seventh when the Bobcats scored the game-winning run. Sophomore catcher Katie Doerre hit a leadoff double as a pinch hitter. Junior outfielder Alli Akina moved Doerre over to third with a bunt. Freshman second baseman Danielle Warne stepped in as a pinch hitter and hit the game-winner to left field. Senior pitcher Rayn House started for Texas State and pitched four innings, allowing one hit with three strikeouts. Freshman pitcher Kaylee Garner came relieved House and struck out five with no hits allowed. Texas State will play its last fall game against Temple College in San Marcos Nov. 5.
Soccer Players Honored
Senior forward Gabbi Cottee and junior defender Brenna Smith were recognized for their play this past weekend. College Sports Madness named Cottee the women’s soccer Sun Belt Player of the Week and Smith was named Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday. Cottee had a goal in each game against Arkansas-Little Rock and Arkansas State while adding an assist in Sunday’s game. Smith played all 180 minutes in the matchups against the Trojans and Red Wolves. The junior defender has started every game for the Bobcats this season and logged a team-high 1,534 minutes. Smith was the first Texas State soccer player to be recognized by the Sun Belt Conference for player of the week honors.
“America’s First Baseman”
Former Texas State baseball player Paul Goldschmidt earned the Hank Aaron Award, Major League Baseball announced Sunday. The award was created in 1999 to honor the 25th anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record with No. 715. The Hank Aaron Award is officially sanctioned by the MLB and recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each league. Fans voted for the award on MLB.com, and for the fourth consecutive year, a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Aaron joined fans in voting. The first baseman, who was selected to his first All-Star Game this season, hit .302 with 36 doubles, 36 home-runs, 125 RBIs, 99 walks and 103 runs in his second full season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Goldschmidt, nicknamed “America’s First Baseman” by his teammates, joined Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Mathews as the only three National League players to post a .300 average, 35 homers, 100 RBIs, 100 runs and 99 walks during their age-25 season or earlier. In addition, Goldschmidt is the 19th player since 1977 to lead the NL or tie for the league lead in homers and RBIs in a single season.
Making it look Ezeh
Texas State women's basketball player Ashley Ezeh has been named to the Sun Belt Preseason Second-Team All-Conference by the Sun Belt coaches. The Bobcats were picked to finish ninth out of 10 teams overall in the coaches' preseason poll. Ezeh finished the 2012-13 regular season second on the team in points per game with 15.2 and led the team in rebounding, averaging 9.0 boards per contest. The 6-1 center has played 80 games in her Bobcat career and has a career average of 11.6 points per game. She owns a career field goal percentage of 48.5 percent. Ezeh is currently four blocks shy of cracking into the top-10 women’s list at Texas State.
Scoggins linked to Elite Camp
Texas State assistant soccer coach, Link Scoggins, has been selected as one of the lead instructors for the upcoming EXACT Soccer Dallas Girls Elite ID Camp scheduled to take place December 21-22. The college soccer camp is open to all high school players interested in competing at the next level. During this one-day camp, the instructors will conduct small group clinic activity, observe players in showcasing their development potential and lead one-on-one review sessions with each player. Combined with the instruction of experienced NCAA coaches, EXACT Sports provides the mental training used across professional and college sports.