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College Baseball: Bobcats hear their names called in 2014 MLB Draft

Friday was a big day for Austen Williams.

During the sixth round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Washington Nationals picked Williams. This was the sixth consecutive draft that Texas State had a player go in the first 10 rounds.

“It was kind of surprising,” Williams said of being selected by Washington. “I didn’t hear from the Nationals before they drafted me. I hadn’t been in a lot of contact with them before the draft like I had been some other teams (Yankees).”

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How Tyler Mayforth Sees The Sun Belt Tournament Going

Fact: UT Arlington is scalding hot.

Fact: Texas State has a formidable starting rotation.

Fact: A top seed hasn’t won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in a few years.

Fact: UL Lafayette is still UL Lafayette.

It’s known that the most complete teams win come May and June, which is why the Ragin’ Cajuns will be crowned the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Tournament champions in Mobile, Ala. this weekend.

UL Lafayette leads the Sun Belt in every major hitting category, is first in earned-run average and doesn’t give opposing teams extra chances by walking batters or committing errors in the field. That’s a recipe for success and it will continue to brew up wins at Stanky Field.

Now to the Bobcats…

Strong pitching should carry Texas State to the semifinals against UL Lafayette.

Unfortunately the Bobcats will have one loss on their credit by then.

Look for Texas State, behind Taylor Black, to beat Western Kentucky in the first round.

Following a loss to the Ragin’ Cajuns on the tournament’s second day, the Bobcats should eliminate the Hilltoppers thanks to a strong performance on the mound by Lucas Humpal.

That would put Texas State, with a depleted pitching staff, up against a rested UL Lafayette.

I don’t see Tyler Davenport or Chad Young giving the Bobcats enough quality innings to outlast the Ragin’ Cajuns to prolong their season.

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How Joe Vozzelli sees the Sun Belt Tournament going

UL Lafayette just might have a challenger in this week’s Sun Belt Conference Tournanment.

After the Ragin’ Cajuns cruised to the regular season title, they face a strong field, which will attempt to knock them off. UT Arlington seems to be playing some of the best baseball in the conference with 14 wins in its past 16 games.

Just ask Texas State.

The Mavericks clubbed two homers in an 11-7 win last Thursday night — then they shut down the Bobcats with back-to-back 1-0 triumphs. That was the first time since 2000 that Texas State was shut out in consecutive games.

So, a hot lineup — UTA sits in the Top 25 nationally in seven different offensive categories — and a pitching staff that has turned the corner lately could be all the makings for an upset at Stanky Field in Mobile, Ala.

Look for the Mavericks to beat UL Lafayette and win the tournament title on Sunday afternoon.

UTA’s toughest tilt before it plays the Ragin’ Cajuns for the title on Championship Sunday could be against tournament host and No. 7 seed South Alabama. I expect the Jaguars will play well in front of their home crowd.

The Mavericks still win that game and will go a perfect 4-0 during tounament play.

Now to the Bobcats…

Despite what has been a lackluster finish to the season — Texas State lost five of its past six games — head coach Ty Harrington remained confident that his team could turn things around.

After all, the Bobcats were playing well before back-to-back series losses to UALR and UTA. They had just swept Troy and nearly took a  road series from UL Lafayette. Texas State ended up with one win in Lafayette, La.

The Bobcats will make a deep run in the tournament, which starts Wednesday when Harrington’s team faces No. 5 seed Western Kentucky at 9 a.m. in the first round.

Look for Texas State to beat the Hilltoppers before falling to UL Lafayette. Even if that happens, the Bobcats would likely play both teams twice, because of the SBC Tournament’s double-elimination format.

I expect Texas State will keep its season alive with back-to-back wins over WKU and the Ragin’ Cajuns. The Bobcats have enough dominant starting pitching (Austen Williams, Taylor Black and Lucas Humpal) to steal one game from the tournament’s top seed. Even if Harrington is forced to use all three of those pitchers earlier in the tournament, Dylan Bein is plenty capable of being a solid spot starter versus UL Lafayette.

Faced with a third game against the tournament’s top seed, however, the Ragin’ Cajuns will eliminate Texas State and move onto the championship game against the Mavericks.

 

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College Baseball: Wrapping up another Bobcat loss to the Texas Longhorns

Texas State freshman Dylan Bein pitched well in relief (Photo by Sarah Smith).

Texas State freshman Dylan Bein pitched well in relief (Photo by Sarah Smith).

A questionable call, a slow start and a strong arm cut Texas State down Tuesday night.

You can read about all three in our game story. This post will serve as a deeper look at the loss.

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Updating the weekend’s happenings

If you’re a fan of Texas State athletics, then this weekend sure had it all.

From the Bobcat women’s basketball team winning their fifth consecutive game to the baseball team shutting out Air Force to cap the Texas State Baseball Invitational and everywhere in between, you’d be hard-pressed to find a three-day stretch with even more in it.

Perhaps the biggest news of the weekend was the Bobcat women extending their winning streak. Texas State broke away from UT Arlington in the final minutes and moved even closer to first place in the Sun Belt Conference. This is the Bobcats’ longest win streak since 2007-08, the same year they won the Southland Conference regular-season title.

Hot shooting by the Mavericks, especially in the second half, made a Texas State sweep impossible. UTA had its way with Danny Kaspar’s team in the second half en route to a 69-62 win at the College Park Center.

Let’s not forget what kind of season the Bobcat softball team is having thus far. Texas State went 3-2 at the Campbell Cartier Classic in San Diego, Calif. and used a walk-off home run by Katie Doerre to beat No. 24 California last Saturday. Ricci Woodard’s team is now 7-3 and hosts UTSA on Wednesday.

Then we have the Bobcat baseball team — and Ty Harrington’s bunch knows how to make it interesting. Texas State went 2-1 in its own tournament after it beat Michigan in extra innings last Friday, wasted a gem by junior pitcher Taylor Black against Washington and bounced back versus the Falcons in a big way.

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College Baseball: Notes from Texas State’s Media Day

Texas State head coach Ty Harrington couldn’t believe his eyes Thursday afternoon when he looked out from behind the podium at his team’s media day.

“This is an indication of how times have changed at Texas State for baseball,” Harrington said. “The only other times we had media days weren’t more than Tyler (Mayforth) and a handful of people who show up to talk about regional tournaments or postseason play. I certainly think it indicates the expectations and growth of our program.”

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College Baseball: New uniforms for the Bobcats

So Texas State unveiled its new baseball uniforms today.

Thoughts?

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MLB: Goldschmidt finishes second in MVP voting

For once this offseason, Paul Goldschmidt didn’t win an award.

However, it would have been some nice hardware for Goldschmidt to own.

Goldschmidt finished second to Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates in voting for National League Most Valuable Player. McCutchen took home 28 of 30 first-place votes, while Goldschmidt earned the most second-place votes (15).

All in all, it was a solid offseason for Goldschmidt*.

  • National League Hank Aaron Award
  • National League Rawlings Gold Glove (First Base)
  • National League Silver Slugger

Goldschmidt led the NL with 36 home runs, 125 runs batted in, 332 total bases, a .551 slugging percentage and an OPS of .952. He batted at a .302 clip this season.

* As Lost Cat noted below, Goldschmidt was also named to the National League All-Star Team back in July and was voted in by his peers.

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MLB: Another award for Goldschmidt

Will former Texas State first baseman Paul Goldschmidt have enough space in his house for all of the awards he’s winning this offseason? If not, Goldschmidt might need to build a new wing.

Earlier this week it was announced that Goldschmidt was a finalist for National League Most Valuable Player along with Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals. Then a few days later, Goldschmidt brought home a Silver Slugger award given out to the best hitter at each position in their respective league.

Former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt is turning heads with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Paul Goldschmidt (File Photo).

Goldschmidt led the NL in a handful of statistical categories, including home runs (36), runs batted in (125) and total bases (332).

If you’re counting at home, here is Goldschmidt’s haul so far: NL Hank Aaron Award (best statistical hitter), Rawlings Gold Glove (best fielder at first base in the NL) and that Silver Slugger.

We’ll find out next Thursday if Goldschmidt is truly golden, when they hand out the most prestigious award of them all: MVP.

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MLB: Goldschmidt wins Gold Glove

Former Bobcat standout Paul Goldschmidt makes a stop (Photo via Google).

Ho-hum.

Paul Goldschmidt won another postseason award.

Ho-hum.

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