Baseball prepares for 'dog fight' against Roadrunners

The Texas State baseball team has undergone a transformation that has taken nearly two months.

The Bobcats no longer squander leads in the ninth inning. Gone are the days without a reliable starting pitcher. The offense—a problem earlier in the season—has provided the pitching staff with enough run support for consistent wins.

Texas State, facing UTSA Tuesday night, is a different team. The Bobcats’ 11-7 victory in the March 17 matchup against UTSA exemplifies the team’s change in trajectory.

The Bobcats trailed 7-4 heading into the seventh inning, and their chances were dwindling.

The rally started with a single. And another single. And a walk. Eventually nine consecutive batters reached base, capping a seven-run stretch for the Bobcats.

Men's, women's teams honored at Texas Relays


The Texas State track and field team showed it can perform against the best athletes in the nation at the Texas Relays.   

"I think this was one of our best relays that we've had since we've been here," said Coach Dana Boone. "There was a lot of good performances across the board. I was very proud of how the Texas State track and field team represented us." 

Macahla Wesley (sophomore sprinter), Nia Dorner (sophomore sprinter), Marika Brown (sophomore sprinter) and Briana Adams (sophomore sprinter) ran a time of 3:39:54 in the women's 4x400-meter relay, placing third behind Purdue and Oklahoma. The time moved the women into first in the Sun Belt Conference.

Bobcats burned in 4-0 loss to Ragin’ Cajuns

Sunday turned out to be a long day for the Texas State softball team early in the final game of the series against Louisiana-Lafayette. 

The Ragin' Cajuns picked up where they left off in Saturday's 15-2 victory over the Bobcats.

Haley Hayden, Ragin' Cajuns sophomore second baseman, began Sunday’s game with a home run over the left field wall to put Louisiana-Lafayette on the board in the first inning. Two batters later, Lexi Elkins, Ragin' Cajuns junior catcher, added to the lead with the second home run of the inning.

Louisiana-Lafayette added two runs in the seventh inning after going scoreless for five innings, resulting in the 4-0 win for the Ragin’ Cajuns. The loss puts the Bobcats at 21-15 overall and 6-5 in the Sun Belt Conference.

Bobcats clinch weekend series over Eagles in 11-4 win

The Texas State baseball team was down to its final out in the first, third and fifth innings.

Georgia Southern did not close the deal, and Texas State scored 10 of 11 runs with two outs.

The Bobcats’ 11-4 victory Sunday is their third series win of the season.

“It doesn’t hurt that we came out to an early lead,” said Jeremy Fikac, assistant coach. “When you get knocked down, you gotta get back up. I thought our kids had a lot of fight in them today.”

Texas State exceeded 10 runs for the second time this season, with the bulk of the scoring coming from Granger Studdard, sophomore left fielder, and Tanner Hill, junior catcher.

Bobcats lose second game of double-header, 15-2

Contrary to the first matchup of the day, Louisiana-Lafayette defeated the Texas State softball team 15-2.

There were a total of 16 home runs hit in the games played on Saturday, with eight coming in each game. In the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Ragin’ Cajuns hit seven home runs. 

The Ragin’ Cajuns put up 15 runs on 14 hits and seven home runs, compared to Texas State, who had three hits, two runs and one home run.

Lexie Elkins, Ragin' Cajuns junior catcher, had four home runs and eight runs batted in for the day, with two home runs in each game. Aleah Craighton, Ragin' Cajuns freshman right fielder, had a pair of home runs in the second game, resulting in three runs batted in.

Bobcats fall in 12-3 loss to Eagles

There is another tie for first place in the Sun Belt Conference and the Texas State baseball team is right in the middle of it.

Texas State had an opportunity to gain some ground against Georgia Southern on Saturday, losing 12-3. 

The Bobcats got off to a hot start on Saturday with two runs in the first inning, but they scored one run in the rest of the game.

It did not take Georgia Southern until the third inning to get on the scoreboard, but after that the Eagles could not be stopped. 

Scott Grist, senior pitcher, started for the Bobcats. He entered into Saturday with a 2.21 earned run average, a team-high for starting pitchers.

Bobcats defeat Ragin' Cajuns 14-13 at home

The Texas State softball team defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 14-13 in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Louisiana-Lafayette scored first in the top of the first inning when Lexie Elkins, Ragin' Cajuns junior catcher, hit a two-run home run over the center field wall.

The Bobcats responded in the bottom half of the inning when they put up two runs of their own after a wild pitch scored Kelli Baker, junior second baseman, and a base hit scored Ariel Ortiz, freshman shortstop.

Bobcats claim first place in conference with win over Eagles

The Texas State baseball team came into Friday night looking to take over first place in the Sun Belt Conference.

All the team needed was a win against Georgia Southern to secure the top spot in the standings.

Texas State accomplished its goal, defeating the Eagles 6-5 at Bobcat Ballpark.

The game was tied going into the bottom of the seventh inning at 4-4, and the Bobcats knew they were going to need production from the offense in order to win.

The seventh inning started off with Cedric Vallieres, senior second basemen, lining a double down the left field line. The next two batters got on base, and Tanner Hill, senior catcher, came up to bat with the bases loaded and one out.

Bobcats fend off Cowgirls comeback attempt in 4-3 win

The Texas State softball team secured a 4-3 victory against Southland Conference leader McNeese State Wednesday night thanks to two freshmen.

The bottom of the second inning proved to be the only time in the game timely hitting was present for the Bobcats.

Braegan Hamilton, freshman center fielder, and Ariel Ortiz, freshman shortstop, produced hits in the inning that resulted in a total of four runs: Texas State’s entire scoring output.

The inning began with a pair of walks to Katie Doerre, junior right fielder, and Danielle Warne, sophomore left fielder, which sparked the early surge. A sacrifice bunt from Sara Rupp, freshman catcher, advanced the runners to second and third base.

Welcome to the Mager zone: Alum looking to find NFL niche

Craig Mager joined the Texas State football program in 2010. Those were different times.

Texas State was not a FBS team at the time. The Bobcats had not been bowl eligible and had not appeared on national television.

Texas State was the new kid on the block, attempting to make a mark in college football. 

Five years later, Mager and the football program are drawing interest from the National Football League.

Twenty-four NFL scouts representing 23 teams visited Texas State’s 2015 pro day, up from one in 2011.

“I’ve seen this university grow to what it is right now,” Mager said. “I’ve had some opportunity to help that growth. It’s just amazing to see what a little bit of a culture change and a new coach can do to a university.”


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