Reflection Selection

This is my final semester here in the wonderful city of San Marcos, Texas, and what a journey it has been.

The people I’ve met, the experiences we have shared, and the memories now

Good times with great friends at The Park in Austin, Texas. December 2012

embedded in my brain will never be forgotten.

Some say that the college years are the best years of your life, and looking back at the last half decade I can say I whole-heartily agree. I just hope that the people who have been a big part of my life the last few years will continue to make me a part of theirs.

This blog project has been good for me in more than a few ways. It has enabled me to record the experiences of this semester as they have been happening, and returning to those pages to relive the memories that seem to have happened so long ago.

A huge benefit affiliated with this project is my sudden resurgence into the world of social media. Twitter, Facebook, and my website have seen more traffic and activity than ever, and it has really come full circle. These tools have been most beneficial to myself and those who follow my writing online.

Post softball game shenanigans. Taken spring 2012

Another great thing that came from this project was the interaction between me and my other classmates about each either’s blogs. It really made a difference knowing that others were actually paying attention to my work, and they felt the same way as well.

All-in-all I sincerely enjoyed writing and maintaining this blog and hope it could possibly give me an opportunity to do it for a living in the future.  If I could bestow any advice on next year’s FDOM class it would be to not take life too seriously, don’t procrastinate what you don’t need to, and enjoy the little things that make you smile and feel good inside.

A look ahead…

It’s that time of the year again, MAY! And that only means one thing (besides no more classes), and that is playoffs in college baseball and softball. 

Softball always finishes their season slightly before baseball, so we’ll start with them first.

These ladies found themselves at 3-19 after 22 games. Not exactly the way they envisioned, or anyone for that matter considering they were picked to finish first (in their first year) in the WAC.

After a very slow start to start the regular season, the softball team managed to save some face when conference play came around.

Their sixth win came just at the right time, and gave the ladies their first WAC win ever, and putting them at 6-26 overall. Since then they have rebounded to win 8 of 17 and boosting their in-conference record to 8-10. Good enough for 6th place in the conference standings.

softball standings A breakdown of the WAC softball tournament can be found here, but here’s a quick breakdown:

-May 8-11, 2013

-Top six ranked teams make the tourney

-The 1 and 2 seeds receiving a first-round bye

-It is a double-elimination tournament

-It will be played in Ruston, La.

Even though it may appear as though Texas State is in the last slot  to make the tournament, the Bobcats are actually tied with three other teams for the third spot.

 This weekend will be the most crucial series of the entire season for the  Bobcats. It will be this Friday and Saturday, in Logan, Utah, versus Utah State. Fortunately for the Bobcats the Utes are in last place and have no chance of making the post season, but that doesn’t mean they won’t want to spoil it for Texas State.

The Baseball team finds itself in good shape with only a few weekend series left before postseason play.

 The Bobcats find themselves at 11-7 in conference, which is good for sole possession of third place, only one game behind UTA and CSU Bakersfield.

Texas State took care of Houston Baptist on Tuesday, and look forward to the opportunity to gain on the first place teams this weekend versus UTSA on the road.  The roadrunners are currently at 8-9 in conference and in 7th place, only half a game ahead of San Jose State.

For all the information available concerning the  WAC Baseball tournament click here, here are the highlights:

 – May 22-26, 2013

– Top eight teams make the tournament

-It is a Round Robin style tournament

-All eight teams will play three games

-The teams will be divided into two 4-team pools

-Pool winners will play in a one-game finale on Sunday

-The winner of the finale will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Baseball Tournament

With only nine games left in conference play, the Bobcats need every victory they can in the remaining series. Be sure and attend those home games! Our help is more important now than ever.

Baseball – Texas State Vs Baylor

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San Marcos, Tx.- The Texas State Bobcats entered Tuesday night’s game at 15-20 overall, and in order to get to 16-20 they would need to go through a tough Baylor Bear ball club.

Lane Lewis and myself were calling this game via stretch internet radio, and before the game we talked about the importance of jumping ahead early in front of a good team like Baylor and relying on strong pitching and sound defense to contain a very explosive lineup.

And that is exactly what happened.

The Bobcats came out swinging (well bunting technically) in their first opportunity of the game. After a Kevin Sah walked in the lead-off spot, Cody Lovejoy laid down a bunt perfectly positioned between Bear Pitcher Bobby McCormack and First Baseman Steve DalPorto to put runners at first and second. Garrett Mattlage executed a textbook sacrifice bunt to  advance the runners to second and third with only one out. That was all the momentum the Bobcats needed to get on the board first, as Andrew Stumph split the gap between short and third for an RBI single and a 1-0 lead. The Bears turned a double play on the next live ball to close the inning, but not before Texas State took that crucial early lead.

Baylor’s McCormack was yanked after two short innings due to his abysmal start in favor of reliever Landry Miles. The action would pick back up in the bottom of the third after Sah drew his second walk of the game to lead off the half inning.  Lovejoy wasted no time in his second appearance at the plate taking the first pitch he saw to deep left field over the wall for a two run homer, and the 3-0 lead. The Bears would close out the inning shortly afterward before any further damage was done.

That 3-0 lead was all the lead the Cats needed as their pitching staff of Pitts, Williams, Morrow, Humpal, Hart, and Lemke would only allow three hits, no earned runs, only walk one, and strike-out eleven. 

These are the kind of pitching performances that the Bobcats are capable of in every game, but it just hasn’t seem to come together before Tuesday’s game. It was truly a dominant performance over a Baylor club with some impressive wins on it’s resume, including victories over five nationally ranked teams.

This win could be a big momentum swing for this young team, and it could be the W that changed things for the better when we look back at the end of the season.

Texas State finds itself at 8-4 in WAC play, and one game behind CSU and UTA for the top conference spot. The team will travel to San Jose to take on the 5-7 Spartans in a three-game weekend series.

Texas State Sports Update

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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.

3-2-13 Update

Men’s Basketball Senior Night

 

Hey there sports fans, it has been an unbelievably busy week at Texas State University, and you’ve come to the right place to have it all summed up and broken down. Before we begin,  how about Magic Johnson putting up a cool million to the winner of the 2014 NBA Dunk Contest in an effort to bring out some big names? A truly special athlete and an even better person, Magic continues to make an impact 20 years after retirement. This is exactly what the dunk contest needed, a couple of paddles from a defibrillator to wake it back up, and  bring it back to life! I hope that the NBA’s top talent come out and make the dunk contest what it once was, and put on a show the fans have been waiting to see. Enough of that, let’s get to some Bobcat sports.

After a tough couple of series to begin the season, the softball team found themselves boasting a 2-12 record after dropping all five home games in the Texas Shootout. Things did not improve in the first day of the CenturyLink Classic in San Marcos on Friday. The team lost 5-7 to UNT, then lost their second game of the double header to Purdue in extra innings 3-4. Their fortunes changed on Saturday, ending the eight game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi. The team did drop Saturday’s second game to UNT by a score of 3-9. Texas State will face Purdue again on Sunday at 10 AM, and attempt to extract revenge for the extra innings loss they suffered on Friday.

The baseball team didn’t exactly coming sprinting out of the gates this season, starting off  2-6 in their first eight games. Matters worsened when the team allowed six runs in the top of the 9th to Northern Kentucky and lost 6-5. The team did bounce back in Saturday’s game against the Norse winning 13-0 thanks to another impressive Taylor Black performance. Black only allowed one hit in a complete, seven inning affair that was called early thanks to the mercy rule. Sunday’s game was originally scheduled for Noon has been moved up an hour due to travel arrangements for the Norse.

The women’s basketball team has played two road games since our last update losing both of them by a combined four points.

The first loss came to Houston Baptist, who had
won five games this season entering their match up with Texas State. That loss dropped the Bobcats to 9-16 overall, though it was a non-conference game so it did not affect the team’s conference record. The same cannot be said for Thursday night’s 73-71 overtime loss on the road in Seattle. Diamond Ford had 22 points, including a cold-blooded three-pointer at the end of regulation to send it to OT. Ford also had two shots at the end of the extra period but could not convert on her final two attempts. The ladies traveled to Moscow, Idaho, after their game in Seattle, but unfortunately could not turn things around despite Diamond Ford’s 19th game this year with 20-plus points. Final score 72-59. The loss makes the team 3-13 in conference games with just two games remaining on their schedule. They will host Utah on Thursday and wrap up the scheduled season on Saturday versus San Jose State. The WAC tournament will start March 12th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Vonn Jones

The men’s basketball team has shown some signs of life lately winning their second consecutive ESPN Bracketbusters Game versus Lamar, 74-61, back on February 23. The WAC as a whole actually did very well in bracketbuster games, going 6-1 overall.  The team rode their momentum when they came back to San Marcos for their game versus Seattle this past Thursday. It was back-and-forth for most of the night as neither team led by more than five points the entire game. In the end steady shooting, capitalizing on Redhawk turnovers, and only sending Seattle to the free throw line twice the entire game won the game for Texas State, final score 67-65. Saturday was senior day in San Marcos as it was the last home game on the schedule for the team this season. The team honored seniors Vonn Jones, Matt Staff, and Ryan Tantum in the pregame. The Vandals came out strong in an attempt to avenge their home loss to the Bobcats back in January, but Texas State kept up for the most part, finishing the first half down two, 41-39. The Bobcats took the lead on a Vonn Jones three-pointer to start the half, but Idaho quickly answered and never relinquished the upper hand. Joel Wright, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, found himself in foul trouble early on and fouled out late in the second half despite logging just 19 minutes. Wright finished with 12 points on 5-11 shooting. Texas State did have five players in double figures, but the important shots simply weren’t there in the second half and the Bobcats lost 90-81. The team will hit the road for their last two games versus Utah, on Thursday, and San Jose State on Saturday.  The WAC tournament will start March 13th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That’s all for this edition, posts go up about once every week so check back soon for more content!

2-20-13 Update

It’s that time of the year at just about every college in America, when baseball and softball start their seasons while men and women’s basketball attempt to finish their seasons strong as the conference tournaments draw nearer. Texas State University is no different, but unfortunately for Bobcat fans the first WAC weekend with all four sports didn’t go so well, the four teams were a combined 3-6 on games played Saturday and Sunday.

The softball team traveled to Lafayette, La, to take on No. 15 University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Mississippi Valley State in their second set of games this season. The team was looking to bounce back after losing all five the previous weekend in Houston, Tx, at the University of Houston Tournament. The Bobcats did have some unexpected suspensions before the trip to Houston that obviously had an effect on the team’s chemistry, but four of the seven players suspended did return to action after not appearing in any box scores. Yet to see any field action through nine games are Selena Hernandez, Ali Akina, and Brittney Garcia.

Anna Hernandez

The team took on the 15th ranked Rajun Cajuns Saturday in the first of four games, and could not keep up with their hot bats and got out-hit 10-1, and lost 9-1. The girls did bounce back in Saturday’s second game, beating Mississippi Valley State 7-5 thanks to two three-run innings and a steady defensive effort through seven innings. The team carried that momentum into Sunday’s rematch with MVSt, and won another close game 5-4, thanks in part to another outstanding Ashley Wright performance, who was pitching her second game in a row. Unfortunately the girls could not capitalize on the two game winning streak when they had their rematch with ULL on Sunday, losing a hard-fought battle 2-3. The team now sits at 2-7 overall with the Texas Shootout approaching quickly, when the Bobcats will host UNT, Baylor, Texas Tech, and SHS in a four game stint.

Bobcat baseball got off to a rocky start in their three game home-opener this past weekend. In their season opener the team fell behind 2-0 thanks to two Missouri State runs in the third before mounting a comeback to tie the game at two apiece in the seventh. The game went to extra innings and the Bears eventually squeaked out a 3-2 win thanks to an RBI single in the eleventh. Saturday’s game versus Tulane was much of the same story offensively, but thanks to an outstanding seven-plus inning, four hit afternoon from Taylor Black the Bobcats sailed to a 2-0 victory. Sunday’s shootout between one time South Land Conference foe Sam Houston State caught everyone by surprise. The Bearkats led 8-1 before an eight-run seventh inning gave the Bobcats an improbable lead going into the eighth. The effort and will to comeback were present, but the Bearkats managed to score twice in the ninth thanks to three base hits including the game-clinching RBI double. Bearkats win 9-10, and the Bobcats drop to 1-2.

The club traveled to Waco, Texas, Tuesday night to take on the Big-12 Baylor Bears, hoping to get back to .500 on the year. Both teams struck early scoring one apiece in the first inning, but it would be Baylor that continued the momentum achieved early on by scoring four more runs in the second. One of those four runs came in on a Andrew Bose wild pitch and he was yanked shortly afterwards. The Bobcats used six pitchers in this game, and no Bobcat pitcher lasted more than two innings. Texas State managed another run in the fifth and the ninth, but came up short, losing 3-6 and move to 1-3 in 2013. The Bobcats will play Houston in a three-game series in San Marcos at Bobcat Ballpark starting this Friday at 6:30 pm CST.

Ashely Ezeh

The Women’s Basketball team lost 65-74 in a hard-fought battle in San Antonio on Saturday, where poor shooting in the second half proved  to be their downfall despite a promising start. The Bobcats led 40-33 at the half-way point after shooting 77 percent in the first 20 minutes, only missing on five of their 22 field goal attempts. A quick 28-6 run by the roadrunners in the second half put the game out of reach, and the Bobcats never shot their way back into the game, totaling a miserable 31.6 percent from the floor as a team in the second half. Ashley Ezeh made her return after being out of action for a month, she put in 13 points and grabbed three rebounds. The team will face Houston Baptist Wednesday in their last non-conference match up of the season.

Sr C Matt Staff attempts to block UTSA’s Burrage’s shot attempt

 

While the women’s team traveled to San Antonio, the men’s team had the luxury of hosting the roadrunners in the friendly confides of Strahan Coliseum on Saturday after the previous Saturday’s 69-84 loss to La Tech. In this season’s first match-up, the Bobcats needed overtime to snatch their first ever WAC conference victory. The roadrunners had not forgotten about the previous game either, coming out strong on the boards and taking open jump shots on the offensive end. At one  point UTSA’s lead ballooned to 46-15 thanks to uncanny rebounding and defending. The rebound tally reached 19-3 in favor of the roadrunners halfway through the first  half. To say I had never seen anything like it would be an understatement. Texas State found themselves down 26 at halftime, and despite a strong surge to cut the lead to single digits with eight minutes to go, the Bobcats’ countless first-half miscues, missed lay-ups and free throws down the stretch were too much to overcome. Final score 62-73.  Texas State will take a break from conference play to participate in ESPN’s Bracketbusters. They will travel to Beaumont, Texas, to take on Pat Knight and the Lamar Cardinals.

Texas State Sports Update

Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:37:56 PM CST

The Texas State sports scene continues to garner more and more attention every year, and this year is bigger and better than ever before.
HC Dennis Franchione
Football is a couple of months behind us but is still making headlines by signing their best recruiting class of Franchione’s tenure. The two biggest names were RB Jamel James and WR Brice Gunter, two 4-star recruits from right here inside the lone-star state. Here is a complete list of newcomers to the football program if you’re interested. Coach Fran was quoted saying he would like to eventually recruit more high-school seniors rather than from junior college transfers in the future, but time is of the essence considering the upcoming transition from the WAC to the Sun Belt Conference.

Softball got off to a rough start this past weekend in Houston at the Hilton Houston Plaza Classic, where they lost all five games including getting shut out by Houston in the last of the five. Not exactly the start fans, or anyone else, anticipated considering the Bobcats were picked to win the WAC this season. Full game statistics and extensive coverage at txstatebobcats.com. Their abysmal start could be contributed to seven high-profile players not appearing in the box scores of any of this weekend’s five games. The absence was a surprise to just about everyone, and when asked about the players who did not see any action, Bobcat Head Coach Ricci Woodard said “five should be back in due time, while two have been suspended indefinitely.”

Women’s Basketball suffered a tough loss to UTA at home last Thursday, but rebounded with a 68-63 victory at home versus La Tech Saturday. Four Bobcat reached double digits, and scoring leader Diamond Ford led the way with 16 points to go along with her six rebounds and three steals. The Bulldogs cut a 14-point halftime deficit down to a single point with 1:02 left in the second half, but the Bobcats made five free throws in the closing seconds to hold on for the win. They will have the day off Thursday before traveling to the Bird Cage on Saturday for their 4 pm tip-off with the roadrunners.

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Men’s Basketball lost their fourth straight game to La Tech Saturday, while the Bulldogs improve their perfect conference record to 12-0. Four Bobcats had ten plus points on the night, but as a team shot 24-62 from field goal range and missed 12 of their 25 free throws. Rebounding continues to be an issue as well, as the Bobcats lost the battle in the paint 33-46, 13 of the Bulldogs’ 46 were on the offensive end. Joel wright continues to be the only bright spot on a team with very little to be happy about considering their play up to this point in the season. They drop to 7-18 overall and just 3-10 in conference play. Saturday’s 4 pm home game versus UTSA (who is 1-12 in conference)  is a must win game considering Texas State only has five in conference games left on the schedule. Idaho currently holds the sixth seed with their 5-8 conference record, with one of those losses coming from a 78-73 home defeat thanks to a 37-point explosion by Joel Wright back in January. This is the time of the year where some teams step up and win big games, and some teams fall short by a couple of missed opportunities. I guess we’ll know which of the two this Bobcat team is on Saturday.