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.
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!