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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: 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: Wrapping up Goldschmidt’s 2013 season

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.

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MLB: Goldschmidt does it again

Remember when former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt had his critics?

They’re probably his biggest fans now.

Home runs keep flying off Paul Goldschmidt's bat.

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.

CLICK HERE to watch Goldschmidt’s game-winning home run.

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College Football: Practice report (August 6)

Day by day and practice by practice, Texas State inches closer to its season opener at Southern Mississippi. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Aug. 31, which is 24 short days away.

Before the Bobcats look for another upset of a team from Conference USA (Texas State is currently an eight-point underdog), they must hone their skills in fall camp.

Here is the practice report from Tuesday’s offering.

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MLB: An All-Star Debut

Former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt took part in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game tonight. Goldschmidt, playing as a reserve behind Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds, entered the game in the top of the fifth inning.

With Goldschmidt in the field, the National League turned three double plays. Goldschmidt also hauled in a foul ball off the bat of Miguel Cabrera for an out.

At the plate, Goldschmidt did as predicted. Goldschmidt grounded out in his first at-bat on a fine play by Manny Machado, then roped a two-out double in the ninth inning.

Through 94 games, Goldschmidt is having quite the season. Goldschmidt is batting .313 with 21 home runs to go along with an NL-leading 77 runs batted in.

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