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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.”

Beyond the Game: Jordan Masek, senior shortstop

On a rare off day when she was not playing softball, twelve-year-old Jordan Masek sat in the stands watching her twin brother, Trey Masek, play for his baseball team.

The game was getting out of hand, and the team asked her to pinch-run for one of Trey’s teammates.

She hustled to the restroom, changed into a uniform and took the field as a pinch runner. This was not a rare occurrence—the team kept an extra jersey for her.

Trey, now a minor leaguer for the Chicago Cubs, said his sister is a “defensive wizard” and could have succeeded at that level.

Bobcats defeated in third-straight weekend series

Texas State dropped its third straight weekend series, losing two out of three against Louisiana-Monroe.

The Bobcats scored 30 runs over the weekend, but errors prevented them from putting away the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. Texas State fell to 19-16 on the season and 8-7 in the conference. The Bobcats have dropped seven of their last 10 games.

The lone victory for the Bobcats came Friday when Austen Williams, junior pitcher, recorded his fifth win of the season with the help of the team’s leading home run hitter, Granger Studdard, freshman outfielder.

Softball swept by Georgia State on road

The Texas State softball team remains winless on the road this season after being swept over the weekend by Georgia State.

The Panthers outscored the Bobcats 18-3 in the team’s first two losses. The team lost the first game 8-1 and the second matchup 10-2 after giving up 5 home runs in both games.

“Saturday did not go well,” said Coach Ricci Woodard. “We couldn’t hit the ball, and it’s hard to win games when you can’t get the hits you need.”

Kortney Koroll, junior designated player, homered to right center field to give the Bobcats 1 run in the first game. Koroll leads the team with 7 home runs.

Rayn House, senior pitcher, earned her 14th loss of the season. House pitched the complete game and gave up 8 runs on 11 hits.

Bobcats drop series finale against Louisiana-Monroe

The Bobcats dropped the final game of the series against Louisiana-Monroe 7-6 to bring their season record to 19-16 and 8-7 in the Sun Belt Conference.

Lucas Humpal, sophomore pitcher, got the final start of the series and threw for 5.2 innings, struck out four batters and allowed eight hits and 7 runs with 4 earned.

The two teams were scoreless through the first two innings unlike Saturday night’s game. Colby Targun, junior outfielder, and Garrett Mattlage, junior infielder, drove in two runs in the top of the third to give Texas State the early 2-0 lead.

Softball team extends losing streak after dropping game to Georgia State

The Texas State softball team stranded nine base runners Sunday in the 3-2 loss against the Georgia State Panthers.

Texas State dropped their third consecutive game against Georgia State, losing by an average of 5.3 runs per game. The Bobcats have yet to win a game on the road this season.

Courtney Harris, junior third baseman, and Kortney Koroll, junior defensive player, were stranded on first and third in the top of the seventh inning.

Kaitlyn Medlam, Georgia State pitcher, threw a complete game with five strikeouts, four walks and 2 earned runs allowed.

Rayn House, senior pitcher, threw six innings and allowed 12 hits and 3 earned runs. House is 18-15 in 33 starts this season. 

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