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Grist's selection in 2015 MLB Draft completes 'roller coaster ride'

Round 38 of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft rolled around and Scott Grist’s, senior pitcher, dream of being drafted was either going to be now or never.

The Milwaukee Brewers, with the 1,141 pick in the draft, decided to take a chance on Grist. He was the second Bobcat drafted after Lucas Humpal, junior pitcher, was selected in the 37th round by the Cleveland Indians.

Grist’s goal to be drafted was complete. He will report to the Rookie League in Phoenix, Arizona this weekend.

“The experience has been surreal for me,” Grist said. “I don’t think it’ll hit me until I’m going to Phoenix.”

Grist’s path to being drafted has been a tough one, calling it a “roller coaster ride."

Humpal, Grist selected in 2015 MLB Draft

Two of the starters that comprised the rotation of the 2015 Texas State baseball team were selected on the final day of the 2015 Major Baseball Draft. 

Lucas Humpal, junior pitcher, was selected in the 37th round (1,114th overall) by the Cleveland Indians. Humpal, named the Preseason Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year, finished his junior season with a team-high 104 innings pitched, 80 strikeouts and a 5.28 earned run average. Texas State's season concluded in the semifinals of the conference tournament, in which Humpal threw 7.1 innings and allowed three earned runs. 

Inconsistency affects Bobcats in 2015 season

The season ended for the Texas State baseball team May 23 when they failed to advance to the Sun Belt Conference Championship.

The team lost to Louisiana- Lafayette, the eventual victor of the championship.

The team had two opportunities to advance, but were not able to reach their first title game.

Texas State finished their season with a 24-32-1 record, including the loss. Assistant Coach Jeremy Fikac called the team “inconsistent,” adding that this flaw is one of the reasons the team did not do as well this year.

The 2015 season did not start off well for the Bobcats. 

The team went 1-5-1 in their first seven games, including a 10-0 blowout loss against Sam Houston State at home. Following the loss, Fikac said the program hit “rock bottom.”

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. 

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