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Baseball advances to semifinals as Grist pitches complete game

The Texas State baseball team came into Thursday’s Sun Belt Conference tournament game with an opportunity to advance to the semifinals.

Only the UT-Arlington Mavericks were standing in the Bobcats' path.

Texas State jumped out to an early lead by going up 5-0 in the third inning. The team did not look back in the 10-2 victory over the Mavericks, 10-2.

“Our kids were fantastic tonight,” said Jeremy Fikac, assistant coach. “One through nine our offense was fantastic. We had a lot of loud outs tonight as well.”

Texas State will need to win one game against the winner of the elimination game between UT-Arlington and Louisiana-Lafayette in order to advance to the Sun Belt Conference Championship game. 

Notebook: Texas State 10, UT-Arlington 2

What the win means: The Texas State baseball team earns a day off before the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament. 

How the Bobcats won: Not letting the foot off the gas. Texas State scored the first five runs of the game, but they were not content with that cushion. UT-Arlington scored in the fourth and fifth innings, but Scott Grist, senior pitcher, minimized the damage to one run in each inning. The Bobcats added five runs in the final three innings to close the victory. They left little doubt in the minds of the UT-Arlington Mavericks. The victory was theirs for the taking. 

Storylines to watch: Texas State vs. UT-Arlington

The Texas State baseball team beat Louisiana-Lafayette in its first game of the Sun Belt Conference tournament and is moving on to the winners portion of the bracket. The team will face the seventh-seeded UT-Arlington Mavericks on Thursday.

The winner will advance to the semifinal game and be that much closer to their first Sun Belt conference championship.

Familiar foes

Baseball rallies in ninth inning to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette, 8-7

The Texas State baseball team faced a similar situation to last year. Louisiana-Lafayette defeated Texas State twice in last year’s conference tournament, including a 4-3 victory in an elimination game.

This year, however, was different. Granger Studdard, sophomore left fielder, reached second base in the ninth inning after Evan Powell, Ragin’ Cajuns senior left fielder, misplayed a ball that would have ended the game. The error granted the Bobcats another chance.

Texas State, trailing by three runs heading into the ninth inning, used the mistake to their advantage. The next two batters reached base, setting up David Paiz, senior first baseman, with a chance to complete the comeback attempt. Paiz’s single down the right field line gave the Bobcats a 8-7 lead.

Notebook: Texas State 8, Louisiana-Lafayette 7

What the win means: The 8-7 victory guarantees that the Texas State baseball teams' season won't end until at least Friday evening. 

How the Bobcats won: Capitalizing on mistakes. The Bobcats, who did not lead until the ninth inning, claimed their first lead after Louisiana-Lafayette committed an error in the outfield. All four runs in the ninth inning were unearned. Texas State turned a three-run deficit into a one-run lead before the Ragin' Cajuns could process what had happened. 

Baseball opens conference tournament against Louisiana-Lafayette

The Sun Belt tournament will start on Wednesday and the Texas State baseball team is looking to make a deep conference run.

Texas State, the sixth seed, will play third-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette in a rematch from last year's tournament.

The two teams met in the second round last year, which Louisiana-Lafayette won 11-4. They met again after Texas State survived an elimination game, and the Ragin’ Cajuns beat the Bobcats 4-3. The loss ended Texas State’s season. Louisiana-Lafayette went on to win the Sun Belt championship against UT-Arlington 6-5.

Baseball secures tournament berth with 22-8 victory

There was one goal in mind for the Texas State baseball team coming into Saturday’s game -- secure a spot in the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

Texas State defeated the UT-Arlington Mavericks, 22-8, on senior day at Bobcat Ballpark.

The win secured a spot in the Sun Belt Conference tournament, but the team clinched a berth following Louisiana-Monroe's loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. 

Baseball snaps losing streak against Mavericks

The Texas State baseball team came into Saturday’s game against the UT-Arlington Mavericks, trying to snap their four-game losing streak.

The Bobcats broke out of their slump by winning 4-1 on Saturday night. Texas State has not won a game since May 3 against Georgia State.

The team has not held their opponent under two runs in a game since May 1 and Scott Grist, senior pitcher, was on the mound to try and break that trend.

The senior woke up early to receive his athletic ring, then walked the stage and then came to the ballpark directly after.

“I was thinking to myself that maybe I should wake up at 6 a.m. every morning,” Grist said. “It was a really long day, but it was special.”

Bobcats fall to Aggies in low-scoring matchup

In a rare occasion for a Wednesday game, the Texas State softball team took the role of visitor.

Texas State traveled to College Station to take on the No. 25 Aggies in a non-conference game that ended in a 2-1 loss for the Bobcats. The loss moves Texas State to a 29-20 overall record and snaps a seven-game winning streak.

Coach Ricci Woodard thought both teams had impressive pitching performances but the Bobcats’ lack of offense hurt them in the end.

“Both pitchers did a great job for us, and obviously Rachel Fox (Aggies senior) threw the ball great for them,” Woodard said. “It was a low-scoring game, and we just didn’t make the adjustments offensively that we needed to make to win the ball game.”

Storylines to watch: Texas State vs. Georgia State

The Texas State baseball team is riding a six-game losing streak, and has not won a matchup since April 18 when the Bobcats beat Louisiana-Lafayette at Bobcat Ballpark.

The team will try and get back in the win column this weekend against Georgia State in Atlanta. Georgia State is at the top of the Sun Belt standings and will provide a tough test for the Bobcats.

Georgia State, which is currently on a three-game losing streak, is 13-6 in Sun Belt Conference play.

PREVIOUS MATCHUP

Georgia State came into San Marcos last season for a three-game series, and Texas State won all three matchups. The Bobcats were the only team to sweep the Panthers last season.

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