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.
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.”
So Texas State unveiled its new baseball uniforms today.
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.
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.
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.
Former Bobcat standout Paul Goldschmidt makes a stop (Photo via Google).
Paul Goldschmidt won another postseason award.
Former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt had a monster year for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Just how good was it? Everybody is about to find out this offseason as Goldschmidt is expected to rake in as many postseason awards as he had runs batted in.
Paul Goldschmidt is all smiles after hitting a walk-off home run (USA Today).
What a season it was for Paul Goldschmidt.
Even though the Arizona Diamondbacks didn’t make the playoffs, the former Texas State slugger thrust himself in the middle of the discussion for National League Most Valuable Player with a monstrous year.
Power hitters, like Paul Goldschmidt, remember a lot of firsts: first home run, first grand slam and first time they eclipse the 100-RBI mark for a season. Goldschmidt already did the first two, so why not reach the century mark in style?
During the eighth inning of a 5-2 win by the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Cincinnati Reds, Goldschmidt mashed a grand slam to stick 100 RBI on the nose. It was Goldschmidt’s third grand slam of the season, which set a team record.
Through 123 games, Goldschmidt is batting .297 with 31 home runs and 100 RBI. Goldschmidt leads the National League in RBI and is tied with Pedro Alvarez of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the league lead in home runs.
Remember when former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt had his critics?
They’re probably his biggest fans now.
Here is Paul Goldschmidt.
Goldschmidt delivered again Tuesday night as he belted two meaningful home runs in a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. A ninth-inning solo shot tied the game at 3-all, then another solo bomb — this one in the 11th — sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to a walk-off win.
“Every time he goes to the plate,” Arizona third baseman Martin Prado told the Arizona Republic, “we’re expecting great things from him.”
Through 117 games, Goldschmidt leads the National League with 29 home runs and 93 runs batted in. In comparison, Goldschmidt’s best year in the minor leagues came back in 2010 when he hit .314, crushed 34 home runs and knocked in 108 runs for the Visalia Rawhide.
If Goldschmidt keeps swinging a hot bat and the Diamondbacks make up ground in the playoff race (5.5 games back of the Wild Card and 7.5 games back of the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers), the 25-year-old first baseman would be a sure-fire candidate for NL Most Valuable Player.
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