Baseball has always been a game of superstition, whether it is rally caps, not talking about a no-hitter, tapping the plate in the batters box or always using the same helmet.
Sophomore relief pitcher Hunter Lemke said Texas State baseball players are no different when it comes to jinxes, and have their own set of rituals.
“We are all very superstitious,” Lemke said. “We all have to sit in the same spot every inning. We can’t switch it up unless we aren’t [playing well].”
Lemke made 12 appearances out of the bullpen last season and finished with a 2-0 record and a 3.46 ERA. He completed 13 innings and struck out 11 batters, not allowing an earned run in his first four appearances.
Jeff McVaney, the team’s senior closer and outfielder, said he feels this year’s bullpen is the deepest he has seen in his four year stint at Texas State. McVaney had a team record of 9 saves in 26 innings last year, and is also the team’s starting centerfielder.
With various beers behind the bar, games to socialize in, and a laid back atmosphere, the local gem that is Zelick’s Icehouse, has much to offer people looking for an alternative to The Square.
Texas State alumni, Chase Katz, and his brother—Seth Katz, own the bar and seem to know what it takes to get a business started.
“I think one of the biggest things was finding a void that we noticed in San Marcos,” Katz said.
“There’s a lot of stuff that San Marcos doesn’t have. Just being a consumer I kind of put myself on the spot and asked myself what I wanted. And I wanted a place to chill.”
Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant has been in business since 1988 and is thriving more than ever with five locations around the Central Texas Area. The local location at 403 South LBJ Drive was the original eatery and is a great place to get authentic “San Marxican” food.
Selena Ybarra took over the South LBJ location after her parents retired. She said the restaurant’s success is because there are a lot of regular customers.
“All [of our locations] do well and we’ve been really blessed,” Ybarra said. “I think it’s because it has been well known to lots of regulars.”
Garcia’s uses all fresh produce which is purchased locally in San Marcos. Garcia’s also make their own tortillas daily.
Brandon Redfield is a weekly customer and senior at Texas State. He said he likes going in for the daily specials between classes.
The Texas State men’s soccer club is the regional champion for the third time in four years, and will begin play in Phoenix, Ariz. Nov. 17 for the national title.
Forward Joel Hargrove said the competition and talent in Texas is the best in the nation. The team will be able to effectively compete with the big name schools like Penn State and Ohio State.
“I grew up playing soccer and I feel like Texas, California and Florida have the best pool of kids to choose from,” Hargrove said. “So, if we’re beating kids like this around here, and we can’t take it lightly by any chance, I feel as though we have a good chance to win some games at nationals.”
Texas State will be tested again this weekend, however, at the Texas-Pan America tournament. Texas State faces Toledo, Texas-Pan Am and South Carolina-Upstate.
Texas State’s men’s basketball team is 2-0 after its first games of the season, and the Bobcats are averaging 99 points per game.
John Bowman, a senior leader, is averaging 10 points and three assists per game. He said the Bobcats will be able to compete against these teams, even if they fall behind.
“I think we’ll respond pretty well if we’re ever down,” Bowman said. “I don’t think we have a team that will put their head down whenever things begin to go wrong. Whenever things get difficult I feel that we’ll just band together and do what we need to do.”
Coach Doug Davalos said in no way can team chemistry be overlooked when trying to win.
The Texas State women’s tennis team concluded its 2011 fall schedule last weekend at Houston’s Cougar Fall Draw at the John Hoff Courts.
The Bobcats accumulated five wins in singles and five in doubles, with two runner-up finishes in doubles consolation matches.
Coach Tory Plunkett said the team did not do poorly against the stout competition, but she does expect a better performance in upcoming tournaments.
The Texas State women’s tennis team looks to continue its winning ways as the team travels to Houston this weekend to compete in the Cougar Classic.
Texas State will compete against Oregon, Arkansas-Little Rock, Rice, Prairie View A&M, Houston, Texas-San Antonio, Texas-El Paso and Southeastern Louisiana.
Coach Tory Plunkett said she likes how her team matches up against the competition.
“We’ve played against all of these teams other than Oregon and Little Rock,” Plunkett said. “Rice will be a top competitor and then Houston as well as us.”
The Texas State men’s basketball team looks to improve on last season’s finish after winning its final 10 home games and making the conference tournament semifinals.
The Bobcats ranked fourth in the nation in points per game the past five years and had the best winning percentage last year (.500) since the 1998-1999 season.
The team finished the last season with an average 78.3 points per game en route to a share of the Southland Conference West Division title.
Fresh off of a successful showing at the Barcelo Collegiate Cup where the team won 27 of 30 matches, Texas State women’s tennis will send two players to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regionals Tournament Championship Oct 21 to Oct. 25 at Texas Christian University.