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Baseball head coach Ty Harrington diagnosed with cancer, to undergo surgery

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Harrington underwent successful surgery Tuesday and is currently on his way to a speedy recovery and respectfully asks for privacy for him and his family.

"My family and I would like to thank everyone for all of their thoughts and prayers that have been sent our way," Harrington said. "We are extremely blessed to have so much support from our friends, family and Bobcat community. Go Bobcats!"

ORIGINAL:

Texas State baseball Coach Ty Harrington will undergo surgery Tuesday after being diagnosed with cancer.

Assistant Coach Jeremy Fikac, in his seventh season in the position, will be named interim head coach in Harrington’s place if necessary.

Beyond the Game: Taylor Black

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When pitcher Taylor Black’s family first heard from Bud Selig, Major League Baseball commissioner, his father, Harold, was texting Colorado Rockies executives. They were waiting on the final call. 

“We listened to the draft from about 11 a.m. until he was drafted at around 3 in the afternoon,” Harold said. “He had been getting text messages back and forth leading up, and of course there are some emotional highs and lows and getting caught up in the rush when Taylor’s name is finally called.” 

The Rockies selected Taylor with their 26th round selection (773rd overall), making him the fourth Bobcat drafted this year. 

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Women's basketball adds assistant coach

Women's basketball named Stephanie Stoglin-Reed to the coaching staff. Stoglin-Reed, director of player development for University of North Texas men's basketball last year, will be in charge of development and recruitment.

Future Bobcat named Gatorade Texas Softball Player of the Year 

Randi Rupp, committed to Texas State next fall, was named the 2013-14 Gatorade Texas Softball Player of the Year.  

Beyond the Game: Austen Williams

A new challenge awaits Austen Williams, former Bobcat pitcher, as he enters his first season as a professional baseball player after being selected in the 2014 MLB Draft.

Before he received the phone call from a Washington Nationals scout to confirm the team’s selection, Austen learned that his dream had become reality in an unceremonious fashion.

“Nobody called me,” Austen said. “I was just watching the draft tracker, my name pops up, my family freaks out, I freak out and then I get a call five minutes from the area scout, Tyler Wilt.”

Every aspiring professional athlete imagines the day that their hard work pays off and is drafted into their respective sport, and it was the same for Austen.

Beyond the Game: Dylan Bein

When Dylan Bein was four, his father Danny lightheartedly predicted his son was going to be a pitcher at a carnival.

The game was the common carnival attraction—throwing baseballs at stacked milk bottles to win a prize.

“There are all these guys, including me, taking the balls back and trying to hit the milk jugs off,” Danny said.

Four-year-old Dylan had three balls at his disposal. He hit every target he aimed for.

“All of us were standing around like, ‘You have to be kidding me,’” Danny said. “I thought, jokingly, and told his mom, ‘This kid’s going to be a pitcher.’”

Baseball has room for improvement

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The Texas State baseball team wrapped up its inaugural Sun Belt season by losing to top-seeded Louisiana twice in the postseason tournament.

The team started the season expecting to lead the way with an experienced offense in Cody Lovejoy, junior outfielder, Austin O’Neal, senior first baseman, and Tyler Pearson, senior catcher. Lovejoy, named to the first team of the Western Athletic Conference, and O’Neal combined for 55 runs, 48 runs batted in and a .330 batting average last season.

The Bobcats showed promise this season, winning nine of the first 11 games and gaining victories over Michigan, Air Force and Baylor.

Baseball loses to Louisiana in tournament, moves on to face Louisiana-Monroe

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The Texas State baseball team lost 11-4 Thursday to first-seeded Louisiana in the Sun Belt tournament. 
 
The Bobcats scored in the top of the first inning. Austin O’Neal, senior first baseman, singled through the left side to score Cory Geisler, sophomore center fielder, to take a 1-0 lead. 
 
The Rajun Cajuns followed with a 3-run bottom of the first as Caleb Adams, Rajun Cajun outfielder, doubled to left center. Louisiana, the second ranked team in the country, led 3-1 after the first inning.
 
Garrett Mattlage, junior shortstop, hit a 3-run home run in the top of third to put Texas State up 4-3. The Bobcats failed to score in the final 6 innings.
 

Bobcats advance to second round of postseason play

The Texas State baseball team advanced to the second round of the Sun Belt tournament Wednesday with a 5-4 victory over Western Kentucky.

The Bobcats tied the game with 3 runs scored in the bottom of the ninth inning after being down 3-0. Granger Studdard, freshman left fielder, Cody Lovejoy, junior right fielder and Tyler Pearson, senior catcher, scored in the inning to keep Texas State’s postseason hopes alive. A total of six Bobcats reached base in the ninth. 

Dylan Bein, freshman pitcher, did not allow a base runner in the top of the 10th inning. Lovejoy's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th scored the winning run. Lovejoy, pinch hitting for Colby Targun, junior right fielder, finished with a run scored and an RBI in two at bats.

Baseball defeats Arkansas-Little Rock in second game of series

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The Texas State baseball team defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 6-2 to even the three game series at one win each. 
 
Colby Targun, junior outfielder, recorded the first RBI for the team with a bases loaded walk in the first inning. Tyler Pearson, senior catcher, followed Targun’s walk with a bases loaded walk to extend the lead to 2-0. 
 
The team followed the 2 run first inning with a 3 run second inning. Texas State scored 2 runs off freshman outfielder Granger Studdard's double. Austin O’Neal, senior infielder, singled to score Studdard from second and advanced to second on a throwing error to extend the lead to 5-0. 
 

Baseball moves to second place in Sun Belt Conference

Texas State took possession of second place in the Sun Belt Conference as it swept the Troy Trojans with a 6-2 victory Sunday.
 
The Bobcats won the first two games of the series by seven runs.
 
In the third game, the team scored 3 runs on three hits in the first inning to take an early 3-0 lead.
 
Troy closed the gap in the top of the seventh inning to make the score 4-2, but Texas State matched with 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh. The Bobcats scored on a sacrifice fly by Granger Studdard, freshman left fielder, and a run batted in by Trey Hicks, freshman third baseman.
 

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