Fans packed Bobcat Ballpark to watch Tuesday’s game between Texas State and Texas A&M (Photo by Tyler Mayforth).
When it was announced that Tuesday’s game between Texas State and Texas A&M was sold out, Ty Harrington’s team had to like its chances. Something about big crowds at home often pushes the Bobcats to victory.
“Our kids were really excited to come back (after batting practice) and see a nice crowd,” Harrington said after his team’s 4-1 win. “It probably added an extra step, some giddy-up and I was proud for them.”
With its win against the Aggies, Texas State improved to 4-1 in games played in front of the five best crowds in Bobcat Ballpark history.
Rank – Opponent – Attendance – Date – Result
1st – Texas A&M – 2,603 – March 30, 2010 – Won, 6-5
2nd – Texas – 2,593 – March 3, 2009 – Lost, 6-5
3rd – Texas A&M – 2,512 – April 23, 2013 – Won, 4-1
4th – Nebraska – 2,386 – Feb. 18, 2011 – Won, 7-2
5th – Notre Dame – 2,181 – March 3, 2012 – Won, 6-0
Texas State has nine of its 15 remaining games at home.
Texas State (39-17) watched its season end in a 7-4 loss to Texas A&M (41-17) in the College Station Regional.
Here is a brief look at the numbers from the game…
- 5 — Home runs by the Aggies. All of which came with two outs.
- 4 — Home runs allowed by the Bobcats’ Chandler Hall.
- 2 — Home runs by Texas A&M pitcher Mel Dumezich, bringing her season total to 20.
- 11 — Runners left on base by the Bobcats.
- 4 — Hits by Texas State freshman shortstop Selena Hernandez in four at-bats.
- 8-for-12, 3 R, 1 RBI — Combined line of Hernandez, junior outfielder Brooke Baker and junior first baseman Haley Lemons.
- 7 — Two-out hits allowed by Hall.
- 12 — Ground-ball outs by the Aggies, which led to A&M head coach Jo Evans singing high praise of the Bobcats’ defense after the game.
Texas State survived its first elimination game of the College Station Regional. The Bobcats knocked off Bethune-Cookman, 5-3, to advance to the regional semifinal.
In the win, Texas State was led by junior Shelby Carline, who went 2-for-2 with a single, double and a run scored. Junior left-handed pitcher Anne Marie Taylor didn’t have her best stuff in the circle, allowing base runners in five of the seven innings and a three-run home run, but she picked up her 17th win of the season.
The Bobcats now get Texas A&M in another elimination game. If Texas State beats the Aggies, who lost to Louisiana State earlier in the afternoon, it heads to the championship against the Tigers.
For the second consecutive season, Texas State travels to the field of a Big 12 team for an NCAA Regional. At least this time, Ricci Woodard‘s team isn’t headed to Austin.
The Bobcats learned Sunday night they would participate in the College Station Regional, hosted by Texas A&M, beginning Friday afternoon. Texas State joins the Aggies, Bethune-Cookman and Louisiana State.
In the first game of the double-elimination tournament, the Bobcats take on the Tigers at 3 p.m. Texas State and LSU haven’t played since 2009.
The Bobcats advanced to the NCAA Tournament thanks to their 3-0 victory over Sam Houston State in the Southland Conference Tournament title game. Senior pitcher Chandler Hall dominated the Bearkats (10 ground outs, nine strikeouts), tossing her third career no-hitter.