The Texas State baseball team, ranked No. 23, was swept last weekend at Sam Houston State — the first time the Bearkats have taken a three-game series from the Bobcats since 1989.
Coachsaid valuable information could be taken away from such a humbling experience.
“We haven’t been swept in a long time,” he said. “Losing can identify areas that you have to improve at because it exposes those things. If you take what happened over the weekend and you work on it, it can improve your team. That’s my goal.”
SHSU, which entered the series with a team batting average near .300, kept its offensive momentum going and was able to post 19 runs in the three games. The Bobcat offense only managed to secure nine runs on the weekend.
Texas State baseball will try to extend a two-game win streak this weekend as the Bobcats travel to Huntsville to face Southland Conference rival Sam Houston State.
The Bearkats have played well at home this season with an 8-3 record, but the Bobcats have a 5-3 mark on the road and are fresh off a win against No. 19 Texas Christian.
Texas State’s usual starting pitchers have been given rest the last few contests. The quartet is nursing small injuries and fatigue after manning most of the workload during the 57 and one-third scoreless innings streak earlier this season.
Coachsaid the starters, like Mitchell Pitts, senior, and Colton Turner, junior, are getting some much needed extra rest after the Stephen F. Austin series.
“They are just going through some things physically they need to get through, but they will be alright,” he said.
No. 19 Texas Christian entered San Marcos on a nine-game win streak, including victories over Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Baylor, but was outmatched by the Bobcats and fell 8-4.
Taylor Black, redshirt freshman, made his career first start for Texas State and recorded his first win, pitching three and two-thirds scoreless innings with three strikeouts and six walks.
A pair of freshmen led the Bobcats’ offense, as Brooks Orton, outfielder, went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Ben McElroy, designated hitter, went 1-for-1 with three walks and scored two runs.
The Bobcats got off to an early lead in the second inning as Isaac Nuti, senior, who had only started four games this season, hit a change-up off the end off the bat to earn a two-run triple off the right field wall.
Texas State baseball set an all-time record for the highest attendance at Bobcat Ballpark for a Southland Conference series Sunday as the Bobcats beat Stephen F. Austin two games to one.
The first game featured junior Travis Ballew on the mound. He got early run support from Jeff McVaney, senior outfielder, who knocked a solo shot, and senior Cody Gambill, who chipped in an RBI double.
SFA managed an unearned run in the top of the third, but Texas State’s three-run rebuttal in the bottom of the frame kept momentum with the Bobcats. The final run of the game came when Casey Kalenkosky, senior infielder, knocked out his fourth home run of the year to give Texas State a 6-1 win.
The game Saturday took 10 innings to conclude and, despite a three-run lead in the eighth inning, the Bobcats were unable to walk away with the win.
Construction around San Marcos has excelled recently, especially in the student housing sector.
From Copper Beech to Aspen Heights to the Retreat, more options are being made available to students as they choose where to live.
With all of these new housing options, apartments such as the Villagio might seem like second-rate choices.
Amanda Lejeune, property manager for the Villagio, said this is not the case and their business is going to be fine with even the addition of new housing locations.
“Some apartment complexes might be worried about the addition of new beds, but what they really have to ask themselves is, ‘were we going to get those residents anyway?’” she said. “We are still going after the same target residents and offer something students want—value.”
Texas State baseball team will put its seven-game win streak to the test this weekend as the team begins conference play with a trip to Texas-Arlington.
Texas State maintains a 9-3 record and recently snapped a streak of five consecutive shutouts with a 3-2 walk-off win against No. 4 Rice.
The Mavericks have a 9-5 record, including a 10-3 triumph over No. 16 Oklahoma and a 7-5 win versus the Texas Longhorns.
UTA is on a two-game skid, however, and was swept in a series against Wichita State—the same team the Bobcats defeated 7-4 in their second game of the season.
Bobcat starting pitchers have not allowed an earned run in the last eight games, totaling 72 innings.
Casey Kalencosky, senior first baseman, is on an 11-game hitting streak and reached base in every game this season but the opening loss to Santa Clara. Kalencosky is batting .313 with 15 hits, three homeruns, three doubles and 10 RBI.
Tyler Sibley, senior second baseman, had a game-winning two-run hit in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead Texas State baseball to a 3-2 victory against No. 4 Rice.
The Bobcats snapped a 57 and two-thirds inning scoreless streak when the Owls tied the game 1-1 in the top of the eighth, but have now won seven in a row.
“It was kind of a perfect storm — the way everything played out tonight with the crowd, the atmosphere and the streak,” Sibley said. “We were just very fortunate to be a part of it and come through with the win.”
Record crowds watched Texas State baseball sweep Notre Dame in three games last weekend, giving the team its fifth-consecutive shutout win.
The Bobcats, who are now ranked No. 21 in the nation by Baseball America, have not allowed a run in their last 50.1 innings. They are 13.2 frames away from the all-time NCAA record of 64. Texas State’s team ERA is 1.13.
“It’s unprecedented that we keep pitching at the level we are now,” Coachsaid. “Anytime you can pitch like we’re pitching right now, you have a chance to win at a very high level. It’s fun to watch.”
The first game Friday was a 6-0 victory as Colton Turner, junior pitcher, collected his first win with six strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings. He dropped his season ERA to 0.44.
Juniors Andrew Stumph, catcher, and Nick Smesler, infielder, both scored a three-hit game.
Coming off a pair of shutout performances against Houston and Texas Christian, Texas State baseball will look to continue its winning ways against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. The Bobcats will play host for this weekend’s three-game series.
Currently the Bobcats are on a three-game win streak, the most recent triumph being the 1-0 victory over the No. 18 TCU Horned Frogs.
Coachsaid he is optimistic the game versus TCU will help continue their momentum and give the players some assurance in their play.
“You’d like to think it gives you some momentum and some confidence in what you’re doing,” Harrington said. “There were a lot of ups and downs—offensively and defensively—in that game that I thought we overcame effectively. Any time you have confidence, you are able to take it to a different level of what you’re trying to do.”
After falling victim to two one-run losses this season, Texas State baseball was able to collect a 1-0 victory against No. 18-ranked Texas Christian.
The win puts the Bobcats’ season record at 5-3.
Casey Kalenkosky, senior first baseman, shined at the plate again, going 2-4 with a double and a triple. He knocked in Cody Perkins all the way from first base in the top of the first inning for the game’s only run.
Coachsaid Kalenkosky is really starting to see the ball well.
“He’s been swinging the bat well, seeing a lot more pitches, and gotten better,” Harrington said. “It was exciting to see him go out and do well and I thought he had three really good at-bats throughout the game.”
With his two-hit performance, Kalenkosky extends his hitting streak to seven games.