Monthly Archives: June 2011

College Football: Roundtable

Here is a part of today’s roundtable with Brant Freeman and Brent Thibodeaux…

San Marcos — Texas State recently underwent its first evaluation of the 2011 season as Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine released its annual position-by-position scouting reports.

The Bobcats received one A, five B’s and two C’s and now it’s time to put those grades to the test. Joining me in discussing if those marks are ‘Too High,’ ‘Too Low,’ or ‘Just Right’ are Brant Freeman (radio play-by-play voice of the Bobcats) and Brent Thibodeaux from BobcatReport.com.

Quarterbacks: B+

Tyler Mayforth: Not sure what DCTF was thinking, but it’s too high. Right now there are just too many questions to justify that grade. How healthy is Tyler Arndt? Do the Bobcats actually trust Tim Hawkins to throw the ball? Is Shaun Rutherford a true option under center for Texas State? If Arndt bounces back, Hawkins completes more passes to his teammates than the ground and Rutherford shakes off a few years of rust, the potential is there. Right now, that’s all it is.

Brant Freeman: Wow. Since there are so many questions regarding the position, it’s tough to say. There isn’t much to go off of when you take a look at the body of work for everybody involved. Tyler Arndt started four or five games as a freshman, but his injury set him back. Tim Hawkins was inconsistent, but showed flashes in his four starts and now we throw Shaun Rutherford into the mix. If you look at potential, B-plus is just about right, but right now, it’s a bit too high. I almost want to give it an incomplete.

Brent Thibodeaux: I’d say that’s just right. With With Tyler Arndt coming back from knee surgery, getting him healthy is priority number one. A 100-percent Arndt means this Bobcat team has their true gunslinger at quarterback. Hawkins is a capable back-up that can step into the starting role, if called upon. Rutherford has shown flashes at the position but his skills may be best suited at receiver.

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College Football: Bobcats get graded

Dave Campbell’s 2011 Texas Football magazine recently hit newsstands packed with scouting reports and projections for the upcoming college and high school football seasons.

For each Division I team in Texas, the magazine ranks the squad by position, assigning letter grades to each spot. Here is how the magazine graded Texas State…

Offensive Line: B-
Running Backs: B
Wide Receivers: B+
Quarterbacks: B+
Defensive Line: C+
Linebackers: A-
Secondary: B-
Special Teams: C

In comparison, take a look at how DCTF evaluated Texas-San Antonio…

Offensive Line: C
Running Backs: B
Wide Receivers: B
Quarterbacks: B
Defensive Line: B-
Linebackers: B
Secondary: B
Special Teams: C-

And what about Sam Houston State?

Offensive Line: B+
Running Backs: A-
Wide Receivers: B
Quarterbacks: B
Defensive Line: B
Linebackers: A-
Secondary: B-
Special Teams: A-

And just for kicks, Texas Tech…

Offensive Line: B
Running Backs: B-
Wide Receivers: C
Quarterbacks: C+
Defensive Line: C
Linebackers: C+
Secondary: B+
Special Teams: C+

As you can see, the Bobcats seem to be in good company when put on paper, but only time will tell how they look when they get on the field.

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College Athletics: WAC adds Seattle University

Seven months after undergoing its first round of expansion, the Western Athletic Conference chose to add one more school to its footprint Wednesday afternoon. WAC commissioner Karl Benson announced Seattle University accepted an invitation to join the conference beginning July 1, 2012.

The Redhawks’ inclusion now brings WAC membership up to nine schools as of the turn of the 2012 school year, but only seven football-playing members (Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Texas State, UTSA and Utah State).

Seattle University was picked in front of Cal State Bakersfield and Utah Valley University.

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College Baseball: Kubitza signs

Texas State will need to find a new third baseman next year. Current junior third baseman Kyle Kubitza decided to forgo his senior season to sign with the Atlanta Braves.

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College Football: Bobcats release 2012 schedule

Here is a look at Texas State’s 2012 football schedule, which would be its first year in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).

Sept. 1 — at Houston
Sept. 8 — Texas Tech (Home Opener)
Sept. 22 — Stephen F. Austin
Sept. 29 — Nevada
Oct. 6 — at New Mexico
Nov. 17 — at Navy

Then, dispersed among those are the usual slate of game against teams from the WAC. Home games will be against — Louisiana Tech, Idaho and New Mexico State, while road games will be played at — San Jose State, UTSA and Utah State.

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College Baseball: Bobcats in 2011 MLB Draft

  • Junior third baseman Kyle Kubitza went in the third round to the Atlanta Braves.
  • Kubitza batted .310 this season for Texas State with 10 HRs and 66 RBIs. He wasn’t that great with his glove (23 errors), but drew a team-leading 54 walks.
  • Junior pitcher Carson Smith went in the eighth round to the Seattle Mariners.
  • Smith went 9-3 with a 1.99 ERA for the Bobcats with 129 strikeouts.
  • Junior first baseman Casey Kalenkosky went in the 13th round to the Washington Nationals.
  • Kalenkosky clubbed 21 HRs in 2011, breaking a previous school record set by Paul Goldschmidt and Luke Cannon.

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College Baseball: Why Smith pitched

Got a few questions as to why Texas State head coach Ty Harrington brought in junior pitcher Carson Smith in the ninth inning Sunday afternoon against Texas.

Spoke with Smith after the 4-3 loss in which he allowed the game-winning hit to the Longhorns’ Kevin Lusson and he told me he was always going to come in, especially if the Bobcats had a ninth-inning lead. Smith said Harrington told him he wanted him to get the last three outs of the game.

It still raises a question as to whether or not it was a smart move, since Smith was just one day removed from throwing 124 pitches in last Friday’s loss to Kent State. Smith’s pitches against Texas lacked any movement and six of the nine he threw were balls.

I felt good in the ‘pen, got the call with two men on and went in,” Smith said. “I was a little tired, but it was nothing I hadn’t thrown through before. I was just missing by two inches every time.”

It was a tough way for Smith to end his career at Texas State, as he will most likely be a high draft pick in tomorrow’s continuation of the MLB First-Year Players Draft.

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College Baseball: Texas State can’t knock out Texas

AUSTIN – Texas State didn’t go down without a fight Sunday afternoon against Texas in an elimination game of the NCAA Baseball Austin Regional.

While the Bobcats lost, 4-3, they countered everything the Longhorns threw their way.

Crowd making too much noise? Texas State briefly silenced the Burnt Orange Army with a two-run home run by Kyle Kubitza in the top of the fourth inning.

Kubitza crushed a 2-0 change-up from Texas starting pitcher Cole Green over the right-field fence for his 10th home run of the season. It scored Bret Atwood, who hit a lead-off single.

When we played them earlier this year, they wouldn’t give me a fastball to hit when I was up in the count, so I was looking for something off-speed middle-in,” Kubitza said. “He left his change-up up a little bit and I got a hold of it.”

When the Longhorns (44-16) countered with a run in the fifth and then two in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead, the Bobcats stayed the course. Even though runs weren’t going to be easy to come by against Green after he zoned in – faced one more than the minimum in his next four innings, striking out five – Texas State (41-22) waited.

It just so happened that the Bobcats tied it up against a recent nemesis, Texas closer Corey Knebel. In Texas State’s two previous games with the Longhorns, Knebel struck out the side both times, earning two saves.

Maybe the Bobcats needed to go down in order twice to figure him out, because they tied it up in the ninth. Atwood singled, stole a career record 49th base, advanced to third on a throwing error by Texas catcher Jacob Felts, then scored on Kubitza’s sacrifice fly.

Just like that, Texas State dealt a blow to the mighty Longhorns and for the second time; the momentum was on the Bobcats’ side.

Having the momentum in this ballpark is huge,” Texas State catcher Andrew Stumph, who collected a team-high four hits in the regional, said. “Once you know you have that momentum, you ride that the whole game, try to keep it up until the end of the game.”

The Bobcats, however, couldn’t swing into the lead and yet again, suffered another heartbreaking loss to Texas.

Following a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Loy that moved Mark Payton, who singled, to second, Texas State head coach Ty Harrington chose to intentionally walk Erich Weiss to set up the double play. Harrington then brought in junior pitcher Carson Smith, who threw 124 pitches two days earlier, in hopes of getting to the tenth.

It never happened.

Smith walked Paul Montalbano on five pitches and Kevin Lusson singled to deep right on a 2-1 count.

I was told, that if we had the lead, I was going to get the last three outs of the game,” Smith said. “We lost the lead, but got the run back in the ninth and Coach Harrington said, ‘Carson, if we get a guy on, go get ready.’

I felt good in the ‘pen, got the call with two men on and went in. I was a little tired, but it was nothing I hadn’t thrown through before. I was just missing by two inches every time.”

And with that, the Bobcats’ knockout punch missed, leaving them open for the counter.

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College Baseball: Texas State gets the ‘Horns

Texas State junior pitcher Mitchell Pitts wasn’t shy about letting a small group of media know who he’d like the Bobcats to play Sunday afternoon in an elimination game.

“We want Texas,” Pitts, who pitched Texas State past Princeton earlier, said.
It went from Pitts’ mouth to the ears of the baseball gods, as the Longhorns, with staff ace Taylor Jungmann on the mound, lost to Kent State in Saturday night’s winners’ bracket game. The Golden Flashes pounded Jungmann for seven runs on eight hits, including a grand slam in the sixth inning, dealing him his first career loss at home.
Texas made a valiant attempt at a comeback in the ninth, down 7-2, but only managed to get three back on a three-run home run by Kevin Lusson.
Kent State’s Andrew Chafin earned the win after holding the Longhorns to a pair of runs in 8 2/3 innings. Chafin struck out eight.
“Somewhere down the line, you have to just take off your hat and say the other team played a great game,” Texas head coach Augie Garrido said.
If the Bobcats want to end the Longhorns’ season tomorrow, they’ll have to do it against Texas’ Sunday starter, Cole Green. Texas State counters with Colton Turner.
Game time is set for 1 p.m. Winner plays Kent State five hours later, while the loser goes home.

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College Baseball: Scouting the Austin Regional (Kent State)

About The School
Name: Kent State University
Year Founded: 1910
Mascot: Golden Flashes
Enrollment: 19,000

About The Team
Overall Record:
43-15
Conference: Mid-American
Conference Record: 21-5
Notable Out of Conference Win(s): Georgia Tech, Coastal Carolina
Leading Hitter: Ben Klafczynski (.368 AVG., 10 HR, 54 RBI, .450 OBP)
Leading Pitcher: Andrew Chafin (7-1, 1.90 ERA, 97 SO, .193 BAA)

Fun Fact
Did You Know? The Golden Flashes have three starting pitchers with an ERA under 2.00.

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