Remember when Texas State dominated the Southland Conference?
From 2001 (when head coach Ricci Woodard took over) until 2012 (the team’s last year in the league), the Bobcats won six regular-season championships and four tournament crowns.
Well, the Southland Conference recently recognized Texas State’s authority. On Thursday, the league released its all-time team and the list featured eight Bobcats and Woodard as the top coach.
Pitching led Texas State throughout its Southland Conference years and that’s why the league honored five of the program’s best hurlers. Ragan Blake, Jessica Chase, Chandler Hall, Nicole Neuerburg and Katie Ann Trahan all won Pitcher of the Year honors at some point in the career (some multiple times).
Non-pitchers included on the list included McKenzie Baack, Haley Gaddis and Alex Newton. Baack is second on the program’s all-time chart in batting average, Gaddis scored the second most runs all-time and Newton was the 2009 Player of the Year.
How did Texas State’s only season in the Western Athletic Conference turn out?
While the Bobcat baseball team still has the WAC Tournament this week, each program — including Ty Harrington’s bunch — wrapped up its regular season.
Here is a look at how Texas State did in its final season against a schedule full of Southland Conference opponents versus those in the WAC.
Thanks to shoddy defense and poor execution at the plate, Texas State finds itself back in the losers’ bracket of the Southland Conference Tournament. The Bobcats committed five errors and left 13 men on base in a 7-1 loss to Southeastern Louisiana.
Now, Texas State must win out in order to prolong its season. The Bobcats can’t lose another game or they will be eliminated from any further postseason consideration.
It was an eerily similar game to the second time Texas State and the Lions met up. Back on April 14, the Bobcats committed four errors and allowed five unearned runs to score in an 8-1 loss at SLU. Texas State was swept by the Lions in Hammond, La.
To wit, here is junior left-handed pitcher Colton Turner‘s line from the game on April 14 — 3.1 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 2 WP. Here is Turner’s line from Thursday night — 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 WP.
The Bobcats play Stephen F. Austin for the second time in three days Friday at noon. Win, and Texas State has a rematch with the Lions. Lose, and the Bobcats’ season is over.
Most Texas State sports fans were like the man bringing out his elderly relative in the above clip from ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail.’ With the undertaker close by, most were quick to write off the Bobcats’ chances at further life (or ability to gain a berth to the Southland Conference Tournament).
It seems as if the Texas State men’s basketball team is still alive and well. Even though the Bobcats lost Wednesday night to Lamar, 81-65, they can still reach the tournament with a win Saturday against Sam Houston State.
As it stands, the Bobcats are 5-10 in conference play with the Bearkats a game better at 6-9. If Texas State beats Sam Houston, the teams will split the season series, but Doug Davalos’ team — by virtue of a better record in division play (3-7 versus 2-8) would earn a trip to Katy.
The Bobcats stayed alive thanks to its three-game win streak, which included wins on the road against Southeastern Louisiana and UTSA.
“I thank the Lord for these kids, especially these seniors, that they have a chance to go one more time with something on the line,” Texas State head coach Doug Davalos said. “What we did last week got us in position. We stumbled tonight, but we didn’t quit and we kept playing hard and we still have a chance. That’s all you ask for, is a chance.”
Recently turned in my Preseason Top 25 ballot for The Sports Network’s poll. Here it is in all of its glory. Top team in the land shouldn’t be a surprise.
- Eastern Washington
- Appalachian State
- Georgia Southern
- William & Mary
- Montana State
- Northern Iowa
- Jacksonville State
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota State
- James Madison
- Southern Illinois
- Stephen F. Austin
- Western Illinois
- Cal Poly
- South Carolina State
- Central Arkansas
- McNeese State
Don’t forget: Texas State CAN be ranked this season. The Bobcats just can’t win the Southland Conference title or advance to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
Here is The Sports Network’s final Preseason Top 25 — Click here for the poll.