Student attendance vital to success of spring sports

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Spring sports are underway at Texas State, and most teams are having very promising seasons thus far. Student support is crucial to the success of the athletic program, so Bobcats should make every effort to support Texas State athletics this semester and attend as many games and events
as possible.

The baseball team began its season Feb. 14, and nothing says spring like America’s pastime. The team went 29–29 last season but is off to a good start in 2014, winning two out of three games against Michigan and Air Force at the Bobcat Baseball Stadium. The Bobcats will face notable teams such as Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M and Rice this season, some of which games are already close to selling out. These matchups are sure to make for an exciting year in baseball with a team that is guaranteed to entertain.

The spring softball season began Feb. 8 and is already off to an excellent start. The team went 8–0 in fall ball and had its best start in more than 10 years with a 7–3 record in its first Sun Belt season after a disappointing 18–38 WAC exit last year. The Bobcats were picked by coaches to finish fourth in the Sun Belt and, in fact, are currently ranked fourth behind South Alabama, Georgia State and Louisiana-Monroe. Like baseball, Texas State will face Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M and Rice this season among others. This high-energy team will no doubt provide an exciting game for all spectators.

The track and field teams are arguably among the most successful at Texas State, yet they often overlooked. Both the men and women’s teams won the WAC outdoor track and field conference championships last year, the only Texas State teams to win league titles. The Bobcats represented Texas State by sending several team members to compete in the NCAA championships. Additionally, multiple team members have already broken numerous school records this year. These teams are of the highest caliber and deserve support from
fellow students.

Women’s basketball was recently on a five-game winning streak, the longest since the 2007-08 season, and yet the games are still not as highly attended as the men’s team. Texas State is ranked second in the Sun Belt behind Arkansas State with an 8–4 conference record. The Bobcats’ overall record is 11–12, but the win streak alone is proof the season is on an upswing. Increased student support at home games will undoubtedly help the team continue to win and make a play for the conference championship.

Men’s basketball is currently experiencing a rebuilding season with new coach Danny Kaspar at the helm. Despite being ranked ninth in the Sun Belt with a 3-9 conference record, the team still has a chance to compete in the championship tournament. Student support could make a huge difference in whether or not the team is able to take the eighth and final spot in the tournament. Playing in a packed Strahan Coliseum undoubtedly raises the energy level of the team and could mean the difference between a tournament spot and a disappointing end to the season.

With several teams on the warpath this season, Texas State spring athletics promise to be exciting. Despite some stellar performances demonstrated so far this spring, student turnout continues to be disappointing as a whole. Higher attendance would no doubt encourage team members to succeed even more than they already have. Students should make attending athletic events a priority.