Photo I took from the press box during the game versus Seattle on Friday
Welcome back Bobcat fans, it has been a busy week so let’s get you all caught up on what has been going down here on campus and around the WAC.
Men’s Golf competed in Madison, Mississippi, at the Reunion Country and Golf Club on Monday and Tuesday. The team finished seventh overall, and a couple of Bobcats managed low scores during the three round tournament.
Junior Stuart Smallwood led the way for Texas State by shooting 219 after his three rounds, including a 70 in his second attempt. Smallwood finished in a tie for 14th.
Other schools at the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate included, in order of final standings: Mississippi State, Central Arkansas, Southeastern Louisiana, Chattanooga, Southern Mississippi, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi, Troy, UNCG, La Tech, Missiouri-Kansas City, Western Kentucky U, and Jackson St.
Texas State will host the Jim West Intercollegiate at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, next week. It will be the last event before the team travels to Las Vegas at the end of the month for the WAC Championship.
The Softball team traveled to the Northwest to face Seattle University over the weekend, playing a double-header Friday before the Saturday finale.
Texas State struck first, winning the opener 2-1. Their two runs were generated by eight hits, and Rayn House only allowed two hits in her five innings. Seattle struck back in game two with timely hits to win 2-0. The Bobcats on managed three hits in the entire game, and only allowed four hits from the Redhawks in their second matchup.
The rubber match was arguably the biggest game of the season for this 2013 team, after a rough start to the season and losing 0-3 in their first conference series to UTSA, taking this series versus Seattle could be a jumping off point going forward. The Redhawks managed to get one around in the third to break the tie, but the Bobcats would not go down without a fight. Texas State responded in a big way the following inning, scoring seven runs on five hits to take the 7-1 lead. Seattle managed to bring in three more runs before the final out, but it would not be enough as Texas State won 7-4, taking the series 2-1.
The Bobcats improved their record to 7-27 overall, and 2-4 in WAC play, which ties them with two other schools for fifth in the standings. The game scheduled for Tuesday against Houston Baptist was cancelled due to inclement weather, it has yet to be rescheduled. The team will host Louisiana Tech this weekend starting with a double-header Friday before Saturday’s finale.
The Baseball team entered this past weekend in a five-way tie for first place in conference, and their opponent, Seattle University, came to town in their own five-way tie for sixth. The series began on Thursday night in order to wrap up the three game series before Easter Sunday.
Karl Schoening and myself called this game, and despite it’s slow start the action picked up for both teams in the fifth inning. Seattle struck first by batting one around before the Bobcats brought three home thanks to a Redhawk error and two base hits. Both teams scored another run in the sixth to move the eventual score line to an finishing score of 4-2. One of the reoccurring themes that stuck out was the Bobcat’s ability to get those crucial two-hit outs when they had runners in scoring position.
The second game of the series went much like the first, with Seattle scoring two before Texas State in the third to take the 2-0 lead. The Bobcats wasted no time responding with a single run in the bottom of the third and piled on by knocking in five more home in the fourth to take the 5-2 lead. The Redhawks managed to get three more runs in the final innings to cut the eventual score to 7-5.
The third game of the series was very similar to the previous two, as the Redhawks jumped out to an early three-to-nothing lead in the first inning. The Bobcats struggled to string hits together the first few innings before an offensive explosion in the fourth gave them a 4-2 lead going into the fifth. The Redhawks would score one more in the fifth to take the Bobcat lead down to one but Texas State’s immediate response would take the lead back up to two, and eventually turned into a 6-4 win and series sweep of Seattle for the first time in school history.
The sweep of Seattle takes the Bobcats to 5-1 in conference and to the forefront of the conference standings.
The next update will be coming soon so be sure to come back to get caught up on all of your Texas State University sports.