Monthly Archives: May 2012

College Baseball: Ballew is an All American

Texas State junior pitcher Travis Ballew added to his growing haul of awards Thursday.

Ballew was named a third-team All-America selection by Collegiate Baseball, in conjunction with Louisville Slugger. He became the fifth Bobcat to earn such a distinction, joining Paul Goldschmidt, Kane Holbrooks, Casey Kalenkosky and Carson Smith.

“I knew I had pretty good stats, so I had a feeling I’d be on there and it’s nice to be recognized,” Ballew said. “It’s a tough thing to get, especially in Division I baseball.”

Ballew finished 2012 with the second most wins in a single season in school history (11) and the fourth most strikeouts (119). He struck out 10 or more batters five times, including three games with 12 punch-outs.

It’s expected that Ballew will hear his name called in the first 10 rounds of next week’s MLB First-Year Player Draft.


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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XII)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (SMDR Photo).

Former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt must like hitting against former Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum.

Before tonight, Goldschmidt had three home runs off Lincecum in his short career. Time to up that number to four after Goldschmidt took Lincecum deep tonight in San Francisco.

It also seems like Goldschmidt is beginning to heat up, much to the relief of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Goldschmidt has a modest nine-game hitting streak going in which he’s hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.

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MLB: Goldschmidt Tracker (Part XI)

Paul Goldschmidt is in his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks (SMDR Photo).

Add another home run to former Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt‘s total in the major leagues.

In the first inning of Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Goldschmidt went yard on a 3-2 pitch off Randy Wolf. According to Hit Tracker Online, Goldschmidt’s third home run of the season traveled 471 feet, second in the league this season to Travis Hafner‘s 481-foot bomb on April 15.

Goldschmidt now has three home runs to go along with 17 runs batted in.

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College Baseball: McVaney owns SFA

Here is a game plan Texas State should have followed prior to this afternoon’s game against Stephen F. Austin.

A: Clone senior outfielder Jeff McVaney.

B: Repeat Step A seven times.

C: Put redshirt freshman Taylor Black on the mound.

D: Profit.

With how McVaney dominated the Lumberjacks in his career, it would have been a safe game plan.

Entering today’s game, McVaney was 21-of-43 with five home runs and 11 runs batted in against SFA. Not bad, right?

McVaney continued his ownership of the Lumberjacks this afternoon with two home runs and five RBI. His grand slam in the eighth inning put the Bobcats up 7-6.

“You actually do know about it when you come into a game with some extra confidence,” McVaney said. “I’ve had their number since my sophomore year.”

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College Baseball: No tournament magic for the Bobcats

And just like that, the 2012 baseball season is over for Texas State.

Two days after trouncing Stephen F. Austin, 11-1, the Bobcats were knocked out of the Southland Conference Tournament by the Lumberjacks. SFA topped Texas State, 9-7.

The Bobcats showed heart, mounting a rally in the eighth inning down by three runs. Texas State loaded the bases off two consecutive singles (Garrett Mattlage and Tyler Sibley) and a walk (Morgan Mickan), then Jeff McVaney cleared them with one swing. McVaney crushed a grand slam to put the Bobcats up 7-6. It was McVaney’s second home run of the afternoon.

Then the Lumberjacks answered with a lead-off home run in the bottom half to tie the game. Two batters later, SFA took the lead for good with a two-run home run by Bobby Loveless.


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College Baseball: Déjà Vu

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.

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College Athletics: Bobcat Stadium Expansion Update

Well, Texas State sports fans, it looking like the bowling in of Bobcat Stadium is nearly complete.

This morning, Anita Miller of the San Marcos Daily Record went up in a helicopter to shoot pictures of the submarine theater removal at Spring Lake. While up in the sky, she hovered by Bobcat Stadium and decided to take a few pictures.

An aerial view of Bobcat Stadium as taken by Anita Miller.

It shouldn’t be long now until it is completely bowled in. Texas State will open the renovated stadium Sept. 8 against Texas Tech.

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College Baseball: Bobcats shake off past failures

It took three years, but Texas State finally handled business in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament. The Bobcats won their first game for the first time in three years with an 11-1 victory over Stephen F. Austin.

An unrelenting offensive attack paced Texas State to the win, as Ty Harrington‘s bunch got multiple runs batted in from Casey Kalenkosky, Isaac Nuti and Colby Targun. Kalenkosky crushed a two-run home run in the first inning, while Nuti and Targun added two-out singles later in the game. Morgan Mickan also had a big day, going 4-for-5 with four runs scored.

Junior pitcher Travis Ballew was “good enough” (Harrington’s words) on the mound. Ballew tossed a shortened complete game, struck out five and scattered seven hits. He earned his 11th win of the season, putting him one behind William Brunson, who owns the single-season school record with 12.

Texas State takes on Southeastern Louisiana tonight at 7 p.m.

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College Softball: Aggies end Texas State’s season

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.

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College Softball: Bring on the Aggies

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.

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