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Baseball loses to Baylor in Waco

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The Texas State baseball team fell to 1-7 in midweek games this season after losing to the Baylor Bears Tuesday night 4-3.

Tyler Davenport, freshman pitcher, walked the bases loaded to bring in the first run for the Baylor Bears in the bottom of the first.

“It’s been a while since (Davenport has) been out there,” said Coach Ty Harrington. “His command was not as good as it needs to be and he knows that. He competed, and I was proud of him for that.”

Trey Hicks, freshman infielder, knocked home the first run for the Bobcats in the top of the second, bringing home Tanner Hill, sophomore catcher, from second.

Austin O’Neal, senior infielder, scored 2 runs on an error in the top of the third by Duncan Wendel, Baylor third baseman, to take the lead 3-1.

Softball to face Texas at home in ‘Strike-Out Cancer’ matchup

The Texas State softball team will face Texas for the second time this season in the Strikeout Cancer Game Wednesday night at the Bobcat Softball Complex.

The Bobcats were run-ruled 19-7 in the first game in Austin. The Longhorns hit four home runs in the last matchup.

“Hopefully it’ll be a lot better outcome than the last time we played them,” said Coach Ricci Woodard.

Texas State scored 7 runs on 10 hits in the game. Kendall Wiley, sophomore first baseman, and Courtney Harris, junior third baseman, each had two hits and two RBI in the game.

Softball run-rules Hilltoppers in final series game

The Texas State softball team went 1-2 in a three-game series this weekend against second-ranked Sun Belt Conference opponent Western Kentucky to remain at sixth in the standings.

The Bobcats are 22-26 overall and 5-10 in conference play with seven games remaining in the season. Western Kentucky remains in second place after the weekend with a 10-4 conference record. The Hilltoppers are 31-15-1 overall this season.

“We’re not really worrying about wins and losses at the end of the day,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “We’re worrying about what we do. We need to make sure that when we get to the conference tournament, that we’re playing our best ball.”

Baseball sweeps Georgia State at Bobcat Ballpark

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The Texas State baseball team won its first conference series since March 28 against Georgia State this past weekend.

The team swept Georgia State, outscoring the Panthers 16-4 in the series.

“That’s just hitting,” said Ben McElroy, junior outfielder. “Sometimes the offense can be a rollercoaster ride. We just stuck with the same approach this series, kept working hard and knew eventually the ball would start falling.”  

The Bobcats went in to Sunday’s matchup with the series won, but it was a historic night for Hunter Lemke, senior pitcher.

Lemke earned his eighth save of the season. This allowed him to surpass former pitcher Jeff McVaney for career saves with 16.

The record has been intact since McVaney’s graduation back in 2012.

Beyond the Game: Cody Perkins, senior utility player

Cody Perkins, utility senior, always wanted to go to Baylor University. Cody’s father, Chris, graduated from Baylor’s dental school. His uncle was employed in health administration at the university, and his older sister, Christie, is an alumna.

Baylor was Cody’s “dream school” while he was growing up. Texas State and Baylor tried to recruit him following high school. The decision seemed like a given.

Then Cody visited Texas State. He spoke to baseball head coach Ty Harrington and the team. He visited Baylor, too, but it felt different.

It did not feel like home, Cody said. Cody, with an offer from his dream school to play baseball, chose Texas State instead.

From the Field to the Fans: Thursday, 4/17/14

Errors plague baseball heading into Georgia State matchup

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The Texas State baseball team has lost its last three conference series and is now on a three-game losing streak heading into this weekend’s matchup against Georgia State.

“I thought we swung the bat well last weekend,” said Coach Ty Harrington. “We started to piece things together, and we have been grinding to get better offensively, but it all comes down to defense. We have not been taking care of the baseball.”

The Bobcats will play Georgia State, who has a 17-20 record. The Panthers are 5-10 in the Sun Belt Conference.

Georgia State’s game Tuesday was canceled due to inclement weather. The team will be playing for the first time since its April 13 game against UT-Arlington.   

Softball hopes to end losing streak against Hilltoppers

Texas State softball will look to snap its four-game losing streak in San Marcos this weekend against the Sun Belt Conference’s second-ranked team Western Kentucky.

The Bobcats are coming into the game after being swept by Georgia State last weekend, falling three games below .500 this season with a 21-24 overall record.

This is the furthest the Bobcats have been below .500 this season. The team currently sits in sixth place in the conference with a 4-8 record.

The Hilltoppers’ four-game winning streak ended Sunday with a loss to Louisiana-Monroe. Western Kentucky’s current record is 28-14-1 this season and 8-4 in conference. Three of the Hilltoppers’ losses came from the top-ranked team in the conference, Louisiana.

Baseball loses to rival UTSA on road

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Texas State baseball lost its third straight game against the UTSA Roadrunners Tuesday 7-2 on the road.

The Bobcats came into the match having lost four of their past five road games. Texas State is 5-10 away from Bobcat Ballpark.

UTSA came into the matchup with a 24-12 record. Texas State leads the all-time series against the Roadrunners with a 52-29 record.

The Bobcats had the bases loaded for Garrett Mattlage, junior infielder, in the bottom of the ninth, where he hit a double to tie the game the last time both ball clubs met. Granger Studdard, freshman outfielder, brought in Mattlage for the win with his third walk-off hit of the season and his career.

Gold team takes spring game by single point

Coach Dennis Franchione anticipated a defensive battle prior to the Maroon and Gold Game. He said defenses typically dominate spring games because the offense is generally behind the curve compared to the defense. However, this was not the case.

The Bobcats combined for 59 points including 23 in the final quarter. The Gold team, tabbed as the favorite by Franchione, defeated the Maroon team, 30-29.

“You know you always have mixed emotions as a coach,” Franchione said. “There were a lot of good things about today. We came out pretty healthy, and that’s always a big criteria. We got to see some players in situations and that’s a good thing.”

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