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Bobcats eliminated from conference tournament by Ragin' Cajuns

Elimination from the Sun Belt Conference tournament was in play for the Texas State baseball team in its second semifinal game. 

Louisiana-Lafayette went up 2-0 in the first inning and the Ragin’ Cajuns never lost the lead in their 6-2 victory. Texas State’s season is over.

The Bobcats started Lucas Humpal, junior pitcher, on the mound and he responded by keeping the game in reach after the Ragin’ Cajuns jumped out to the lead.

Humpal finished the game pitching 7.1 innings while giving up five runs and six hits. Humpal recorded the loss and he will finish 2015 with a 5-7 record.

Humpal was voted the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Pitcher of the Year and Texas State has had Humpal pitch in a lot of big games this season, including Saturday.

Baseball shutout against Louisiana-Lafayette in semifinals

The Texas State baseball team needed a win against Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday to advance to the Sun Belt Conference championship game.

Texas State lost 3-0, putting them one game away from ending their season.

The Bobcats offense scored 18 runs in their first two games of the tournament, but they were ultimately shutout.

Louisiana-Lafayette received seven shutout innings from Wyatt Marks, Ragin’ Cajuns freshman pitcher. Marks allowed four hits in his start and struck out eight batters.

Storylines to watch: Texas State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

The Texas State baseball team is going into Saturday with an opportunity to advance to the Sun Belt Conference championship game for the first time in the team’s history.

Texas State will need to beat Louisiana-Lafayette in order to advance. Louisiana-Lafayette needs to win two games against Texas State, as they have already lost once in the double-elimination tournament.

Previous matchup: These two teams matched up in the first round of the tournament. Texas State came away with an 8-7 victory against the Ragin’ Cajuns.

The Bobcats went into the top of ninth inning losing 7-4, but the team scored four runs to make a comeback. All of the runs came with two outs.

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.”

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