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Texas State records shutout in final Connecticut matchup

The Texas State softball team recorded 14 hits and scored in eight innings in the 9-0 victory against Connecticut. 

The shutout puts the Bobcats one game above .500 heading into Sun Belt Conference play next weekend.

The Bobcat offense started the game with a single from Kelli Baker, junior second baseman. Baker had a game-high three runs batted in. She hit her third home run of the season. 

Texas State continued to produce runs in the second inning with sacrifice hits from Kortney Koroll, senior utility player, and Kendall Wiley, junior first baseman. Koroll and Wiley finished with two hits and two runs batted in.

The Bobcats added to the five-run lead with an RBI-single from Wiley in the fourth inning and Baker’s three-run home run in the fifth.

Notebook: Texas State 70, Arkansas State 60

WHAT THE WIN MEANS

The Texas State men’s basketball team is now ranked seventh in the Sun Belt Conference standings after beating Arkansas State. The Bobcats are on a two-game winning streak. The win increases their postseason tournament chances.

TURNING POINT

Texas State began the first half on a 17-3 run against Arkansas State. The Red Wolves switched to a zone defense that allowed them to stay in the game midway through the first half. The Bobcats maintained control, overcoming the challenges the Red Wolves presented.

SPOTLIGHT PLAYER: Kavin Gilder-Tilbury, sophomore forward

Notebook: Texas State 83, Arkansas State 74

WHAT THE WIN MEANS

Beating Arkansas State means the Texas State women’s basketball team has defeated every Sun Belt Conference opponent at least once in the past two seasons. The victory gives the team a momentum boost as the Sun Belt Conference tournament approaches. The Bobcats were 0-4 against the Red Wolves before Saturday’s 83-74 win.

TURNING POINT: First half

Ayriel Anderson, junior guard, and Meghan Braeuer, senior guard, agreed the first half of Saturday’s game was the best the team has played all season.

The team shot 58.6 percent from the field and 44.4 percent from 3-point range in the first half. The Bobcat defense held the Red Wolves to 28.6 percent shooting from the field and beyond the 3-point arc.

Get to Know: Cameron Naylor

SF: If you could have a super power, what would it be?

CN: To be invisible.

 

SF: Describe the moment you fell in love with basketball.

CN: I don’t think there was a moment. I think it’s more so a process. I fell in love with the process, with going to the gym and getting better. Ever since I started playing, I love loved playing basketball.

 

SF: Who knows you best on the team?

CN: I know everyone. I am pretty cool with everyone on the team.

 

SF: Who is your favorite NBA player and why?

CN: Kevin Durant. No reason why. He is just Kevin Durant.

 

Bobcats lose third straight game to Chippewas, 2-0

Three weeks into the season, assistant coach Jeremy Fikac remains in search of a pitcher who can close games for the Texas State baseball team.

In the four-game series finale, though, it was not pitching that stymied the Bobcats in the 2-0 loss to Central Michigan.

Texas State recorded five hits, the second-lowest mark of the season.

After winning the first game, the Bobcats lost three straight to Central Michigan by a combined 12 runs.

“Competitively, I felt we were just okay,” Fikac said. “We came out here and we wanted to win, but we didn’t go out and earn it. We had opportunities to win every game this weekend. We didn’t slam the door and take some.”

Baseball rally comes up short in 5-3 loss to Central Michigan

The Texas State baseball team scored three runs in the ninth inning against the Central Michigan Chippewas to send the game into extra innings, but the Chippewas scored two runs in the 10th inning.

The Bobcats did not respond. Texas State lost 5-3, concluding the Saturday double-header with two losses.

The team’s offense was heading into the ninth inning with a three deficit. The Bobcats had five hits in the game.

Texas State's first two hitters of the ninth recorded out, but the Bobcats did not go away.

Cory Geisler, junior outfielder, drew a walk which was followed by a single by Granger Studdard, sophomore left fielder. 

Bobcats improve to seventh seed with win against Red Wolves

The Texas State men's basketball team began the first half on a 17-3 run. 

Coach Danny Kaspar believes opening the game with energy and momentum was the key to the 70-60 victory over the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

The Bobcats never allowed the Red Wolves to take command of the game. Texas State reached the 70 point threshold in regulation for the first time since Jan. 15 against South Alabama.

Bobcats defeat Red Wolves 83-74 on senior day

Prior to Saturday's matchup, the Texas State women's basketball team was 0-4 against Arkansas State, including a semifinal loss in last year’s conference tournament.

The Bobcats' 83-74 win put an end to the losing streak.

“They (seniors) get to win their season on a big win at home," Coach Zenarae Antoine said. "You beat Arkansas State, who’s been a monkey on our back. Come on now that is huge. I’m so happy for our seniors.”

Antoine said this week the players made a list of four things they wanted to do against Arkansas State. She told them if they accomplished those four things they would win. 

Atop that list was giving 100 percent effort.

Softball secures 9-0 shutout victory over Connecticut

Both consistent pitching and offense in game-2 of Saturdays’ double header led to the 9-0 shutout against Connecticut.

Texas State recorded 14 hits and scored in all but one inning in the teams’ last game of the Demirni/Wilson Classic.

The win puts the Bobcats one game above .500 heading into Sun Belt conference play next weekend.

The Bobcats offense started the 14-hit game off early with a lead-off single from Kelli Baker, junior second baseman. Baker had a game-high three runs batted in and hit her third home run of the season. 

Baseball loses first game of double-header, 14-6

The Texas State baseball team ended their three game winning streak with a 14-6 loss to the Central Michigan Chippewas.

Scott Grist, senior pitcher, pitched 6.1 innings, giving up six hits and zero earned runs. Grist recorded six strikeouts in his outing.

The Bobcat bullpen could not pull through for Texas State. The Chippewas scored 13 runs off the Texas State bullpen. Justin Dellinger, junior pitcher, was credited with the loss.

The Bobcats, 3-6-1 overall, will face Central Michigan for the second game of the double-header.

Follow Matt Gurevitz on Twitter @Matt_Gurevitz.

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