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Softball, Baseball, Men’s & Women’s Golf
Wuthrich Walks Off Bobcats in 10th Inning
SAN MARCOS, Texas – Sophomore outfielder John Wuthrich singled through the left side in the bottom of the 10th to drive home the winning run in Texas State’s 8-7 victory over Troy Sunday afternoon. The game started Saturday night before inclement weather caused the game to be suspended.
With the win, the Bobcats improve to 20-12 on the season and 7-5 in the Sun Belt Conference while the Trojans fall to 16-15 overall and 5-7 in conference play.
Earning the win was Zachary Leigh (2-1) after he tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts. Suffering the loss was Sadler Goodwin (2-4) in which he pitched 4.0 innings, struck out three and allowed the game-winning run.
Connor Reich started and pitched the first three innings on Saturday. He recorded five strikeouts while surrendering three runs on two hits. Both Brent Hebert and Brayden Theriot tossed two innings out of the bullpen and struck out one batter apiece.
Finishing with three hits apiece was Jaylen Hubbard, Dalton Shuffield and Wuthrich. Travon Benton and Will Hollis had two hits each and drove in three and two runs, respectively.
Troy was able to get its first three batters on and scored the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly. The Trojans scored again on another sac fly and then their third and final run of the frame on a Chase Smartt single through the right side.
Hubbard and Wuthrich led off the bottom half of the inning with back-to-back singles. After a fly out to center field moved Hubbard just 90 feet from home, Skyler Valentine hit a 1-1 pitch to deep center to easily score Hubbard to cut the deficit to 3-1.
In the second, Shuffield started off by doubling down the left field line. Another deep fly out to center, this time by Wesley Faison, moved the sophomore infielder to third. Two batters later, Felipe Rodriguez laced a 2-1 offering to center field for an RBI single and make it a one-run game.
The bottom of the third began with Wuthrich send the first pitch he saw to center for a single. Following a walk to Jaxon Williams, Valentine hit another deep fly ball to center field that allowed Wuthirch to move to third. On the very next pitch, Hollis doubled off the left center field wall to plate both runners and give the Bobcats a 4-3 lead.
Shuffield bunted down the third base line for an infield single to put runners on the corners. Faison popped up to the second baseman for the second out of the inning and at which point the umps delayed the game because of lightning in the area. After an hour and 10-minute delay, it was decided to suspend the game until Sunday.
When the game resumed on Sunday, Benton blasted a 2-2 pitch that hit off the top of the right field wall and over for a three-run home run. His third homer of the season increased TXST’s lead to 7-3.
Troy answered back with a three-run home run from Loagn Cerny in the fifth. The Trojans loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth and scored the tying run on a walk. Hebert came on to pitch the Bobcats out of the jam and did so by inducing two infield flies and a fly out to Benton in left center.
Texas State had an opportunity to score in the bottom of the sixth after loading the bases but were unable to push a run across. The Bobcats would go on to leave two on with one in scoring position in the seventh as well.
In the top of the 10th, the Trojans got runners on the corners with one out. Leigh was able to get Drew Frederic to hit a grounder to Hubbard to start a double play and escape without giving up a run.
Benton began the bottom of the frame by drawing a walk and would advance to second on a sacrifice bunt from Rodriguez. A wild pitch moved the senior outfielder to third. He would score when Wuthrich sent a 0-1 slider through the left side for the walk-off win.
Next up for the Bobcats is a meeting with nationally ranked Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m. in College Station.
Box Score: https://txstatebobcats.com/boxscore.aspx?id=5763.
TXST Baseball Release: Bobcats Drop Twin Bill to Trojans
SAN MARCOS, Texas – Friday’s doubleheader did not go the way of the Texas State baseball team (19-12, 6-5 Sun Belt) as it dropped both games to Troy (16-14, 5-6 Sun Belt). The Bobcats fell 7-3 in the opener and a comeback attempt fell short 7-6 in the second contest.
Game 1 – Troy 7, Texas State 3
The Trojans opened the game by scoring twice in the first. They added a run in the third when Manning Early hit a home run off the scoreboard. The lead was extended to five after the top of the third when Troy scored two more times on singles.
Jaxon Williams got TXST on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third when he sent a 2-0 pitch over the left field wall.
In the seventh, Travon Benton led off with a double to right field. A fly out by Ryan Newman allowed the senior outfielder to advance to third. He would score when Jaylen Hubbard flew out to deep right center field.
The Trojans scored again in the top of the ninth when Tanner Jackson hit a 2 RBI single to left field to put them ahead 7-2.
With one out in the bottom of the frame, Benton hit his second straight double. After Jacob Almendarez was hit by a pitch, Hubbard doubled over the centerfielder’s head to plate the final run of the game. Texas State had an opportunity to score more as John Wuthrich drew a walk to load the bases, but Russ Hixon induced a pop up and ground out to end the game.
Suffering the loss was Nicholas Fraze (4-3) after he allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings. The junior right-hander did strikeout six while walking only one. Cory Gill (3-1) picked up the win after striking out five in seven innings and surrendering two runs on five hits. Hixson picked up his second save of the year.
Also seeing action on the mound for the Bobcats were Brent Hebert and Brandon Lewis. Hebert recorded the final two outs in the top of the ninth. Lewis tossed 2.1 innings and struck out four but gave up two runs, two hits and two free passes.
Both Dalton Shuffield and Benton had two hits apiece. Benton scored two times and Hubbard drove in two runs.
Game 2 – Troy 7, Texas State 6
With one out in the bottom of the first, Benton doubled in his third consecutive at-bat. Williams followed by singling through the right side to Benton and give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.
Shuffield started the second off with a single through the left side and advanced into scoring position by stealing second. Hubbard singled back up the middle as the second baseman knocked down the ball from going too far into the outfield and holding Shuffield at third. A walk to Benton loaded the bases.
Williams hit a 1-0 offering hard at the second baseman, who decided to go to second for the final out of the frame but the shortstop was slow to cover the bag as Benton slide in safely and allow a run to score to increase the advantage to 2-0.
The lead was short lived as Dalton Sinquefield doubled down the left field line to tie the game.
Hubbard put TXST back in front when he smashed a 2-0 offering over the left field netting and onto the softball field for his fourth homer of the season.
In the fifth, John Wuthrich singled through the left side to drive in a run to increase the lead back to two runs.
Troy tied the game back up again with two runs in the next half inning. The Trojans struck for three runs with the biggest being a two RBI double from Sadler Goodwin to put them up 7-4.
With two outs in the bottom of the inning, Wuthrich was issued a free pass on four pitches. Shuffield followed by smacking a 0-2 pitch to left center that saw the left fielder unable to make the jumping catch. The ball rolled all the way to the wall to allow the sophomore infielder to record his second triple of the season and cut the deficit to two.
Shuffield began the bottom of the ninth off with a single to right field. He would move up to second when Ryan Newman grounded out to first. On the first pitch he saw, Peyton Lewis laced a single to center that brought Shuffield home to make it a one-run game. However, that would be as close as the Bobcats would get as Hixon go the next two batters out to end the contest.
On the mound, Hunter McMahon (4-3) struck out six in 6.1 innings but gave up six runs on six hits to take the loss. Zack Lightsey (1-0) earned the win after going 2.1 innings and surrendering a run on one hit and five walks. Hixon earned his third save and second of the day after working the final 1.1 innings.
Shuffield finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. Recorded two hits apiece were Hubbard and Williams, who drove in two runs.
The series finale is currently scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Texas State win streak halted at 9
AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas State softball team (19-15) was run-ruled by the No. 11 Texas Longhorns (32-8) by a final tally of 10-0 in six innings at Red & Charline McCombs on Wednesday evening.
– The Longhorns wasted little time finding the scoreboard. Texas junior designated player Miranda Elish hit a two-out, two-run home run to right center to break the scoring seal.
– UT sophomore catcher Mary Iakopo hit a solo home run to left center to extend the Texas lead to 3-0 after three innings.
– Junior catcher Haleigh Davis spoiled any chance at a perfect game for the Longhorns after drawing a four-pitch walk with one out in the top of the fifth inning. The next batter, sophomore infielder ArieAnn Bell, chopped a single over third base for the first hit of the game for the Bobcats.
– Texas tacked on six runs in the bottom sixth inning to run-rule the Bobcats by the final score of 10-0. The sixth inning included a pair of three-run home runs without the Bobcats recording an out.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Krista Jacobs (2-4) pitched admirably for the first 5.0 innings of the game. She allowed four runs and stuck out on batter before running into trouble in the sixth. She was pulled after coughing up a leadoff double and a wild pitch.
– Texas outhit the Bobcats by a count of 14-2. UT accumulated seven extra-base hits, including four home runs. Texas State had one extra-base hit, a double from junior outfielder Christiana McDowell.
– The Bobcats were shutout for the fifth time this season and the first time since falling 3-0 against Wichita State on March 2 in the Red and White Showcase in Houston.
– The called attendance figure of 1,069 marked the largest crowd the Bobcats have played in front of this season and the highest single-game attendance at Red & Charline McCombs Field this season.
– Texas improves to 23-0 when scoring the first run of the game and 31-2 in game in which the Horns tally at least two runs.
– The Bobcats fall to 14-39 in the all-time series against the Longhorns and 7-23 in games played in Austin. TXST entered the game as winners of five of the last eight contests against UT.
– The Bobcats will be back in San Marcos for a three-game weekend series against Appalachian State. The series is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. on April 5 from Bobcat Softball Stadium.
Big Innings Propel Bobcats Past Roadrunners 14-1
SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Texas State baseball team (19-10) combined to tally 11 runs in the third and fourth innings to put away UTSA (13-16) at Bobcat Ballpark by the score of 14-1 Tuesday evening.
Earning the win was Garrett Herrmann (3-1) after giving up a run in six innings. The junior right-hander also struck out two and walked one. Tyler Giovanoni (0-2) took the loss when he surrendered three runs in 2.1 innings.
Throwing a scoreless inning of relief apiece for the Bobcats were Brent Hebert, Brandon Lewis and Anthony Pagano.
Travon Benton, Cole Coffey, Will Hollis and Skyler Valentine all went 2-for-4 at the plate. Hollis drove in a season-high four runs. Also recording multiple RBIs was Benton (2) and Valentine (3).
The Roadrunners jumped out to an early lead when Ryan Stacy hit a solo home run that was carried over the left center field wall by the wind.
In the third, Felipe Rodriguez reached on a throwing error and Jaylen Hubbard followed by reaching on catcher’s interference. Two batters later, Jaxon Williams singled to center field to load the bases and saw UTSA make a pitching change. Hollis hit a 3-2 pitch into the hole for an infield single that tied the game.
A wild pitch scored TXST’s second run of the frame. Two pitches later, Valentine sent a single through the left side to plate two runs and give the Bobcats a 4-1 lead.
The bottom of the fourth began with Rodriguez getting issued a free pass and Hubbard doubling to left center. A walk to John Wuthrich loaded the bases for Williams, who was issued a free pass on four pitches to bring in a run.
Following another Roadrunner pitching change, Hollis hit a bases clearing double to left center. Valentine followed with a RBI double down the left field line. The senior outfielder stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly hit by Cole Coffey.
Travon Benton scored the seventh and final run of the frame when he blasted a 2-2 offering over the right field wall for his second home run of the season. The blast gave the Bobcats an 11-1 advantage.
Two more runs were scored by Texas State in sixth on a RBI single by Benton and a Rodriguez sacrifice fly.
Coffey scored the final run of the game in the eighth. He singled to right field and with Riley King at the dish, he advanced to third on two balk calls. A wild pitch allowed Coffey to score the Bobcats’ 14th run of the contest.
Next up for TXST is a three-game series against Troy at Bobcat Ballpark. Friday’s game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. first pitch.
Men’s Golf Finishes Fifth at the Huntsville Toyota Bearkat Invitational
MONTGOMERY, Texas – The Texas State men’s golf team notched its third straight top five finish when the Bobcats ended the Huntsville Toyota Bearkat Invitational in fifth place on Tuesday afternoon.
The Bobcats fired an 8-over par 296 in the final round to end the tournament with a 54-hole total of 14-over (288-294-296-878) on the par 72, 6,765-yard course at the Walden on Lake Conroe Club.
The host school, Sam Houston State, shot 1-under par in the final round to win the tournament with a final team score of even par (290-287-287-864). The Bearkats finished four shots ahead of UTEP, which finished the tournament at four-over par (295-285-286-868).
Lamar placed third at six over par (299-285-286-870) and the first round leader, UTRGV, dropped three spots at nine-over (283-284-306-873). Texas State was five shots behind UTRGV and one shot ahead of Stephen F. Austin (285-296-298-869).
Three Bobcats finished among the Top 20 individuals in the tournament. Calvin Ross tied three other players for 12th place after logging a 54-hole total of two-over par 281 (72-71-75). Logan Lockwood finished in 16th place after he ended the tournament at three-over par (70-73-76-219). Dalton Hankamer tied for 19th place with a score of 6-over par (72-79-71) after he fired a one-under par 71 in the final round.
Evan White and Logan Davis were the other two players for Texas State. White finished the tournament in 25th place after he had a 54-hole total of 8-over par (74-76-74-224) and Davis shot 10-over par (74-74-78-225).
UTEP’s Oskar Ambrosius was the individual champion after he shot 4-under par in the final round and finished the tournament with a 54-hole, 7-under par total of (70-71-68-209). He and Angelo Leyvani of Stephen F. Austin, who also shot 4-under par in the final round. UTRGV’s Pedro Lamadrid and William Holcomb of Sam Houston State tied for third place at 6-under par.
The Bobcats return to the links on April 15-16 to play at the Bayou Classic in Pearland, Texas before traveling to the Sun Belt Conference Championship April 21-24 in Destin, Fla.
Texas State wins 2019 Cardinal Challenge by 20 strokes
BEAUMONT, Texas – The Texas State women’s golf team topped the field at the 2019 Cardinal Challenge with a 54-hole score of 882 (299-291-292, +30) at the Beaumont Country Club.
The win marks the second team victory in as many seasons. Texas State also took home team gold at the 2018 UTRGV Invitational on March 6, 2018.
Beaumont Country Club | Beaumont, Texas
Par 71 | 5,943 Yards
THOUGHTS FROM COACH STROM
“I am so proud of this group,” head coach Lisa Strom said. “We push them hard every day in practice and to see them close it out today is very satisfying. To have our top-five players all finish in the top-11 is a great confidence builder moving towards postseason. Aom was clutch today and I think she is on form heading into the Sun Belt Championship.”
“Sarah did a good job of maintaining a great attitude,” Strom said. “She will certainly be a key to our postseason success. She is very close to playing some amazing golf. We still have some things to work on ahead of the Sun Belt Championship, but for now, we will enjoy this ride home to San Marvelous! We cannot wait to Light the Star on Jackson Hall!”
ROUND ONE QUICK HIT
– A trio of Bobcats finished the first round with a score of 73 (2-over). Senior Anne-Charlotte Mora opened her day with consecutive birdies on No. 1 and No. 2. She finished the round with a team-high three birdies. Senior Sarah White knocked in a pair of birdie tries, while sophomore Sachika Singh notched a couple of birdies of her own. Singh competed as an individual.
– Junior Sean Yi Yip played her 18 at 75 (4-over). She turned in a steady card with a team-high 14 pars.
– Junior Sasikarn Somboonsup and sophomore Geraldine Wong finished the first round with scores of 78 (7-over) and 79 (8-over), respectively. Each player recorded one birdie.
ROUND TWO QUICK HITS
– Aom led the Bobcats in the second round with a 70 (1-under). She was consistent throughout the entire round and played two birdies, 15 pars, and just one bogey.
– White carded a team-best five birdies on her way to a 73 (2-over). Her second round included three-straight birdies from No. 11 to No. 13.
– Both Yip and Wong posted scores of 74 (3-over) in the second round. Wong notched four birdies, while Yip converted two birdie opportunities.
– Mora recovered nicely after a slow start to the second round to post a round tally of 75 (4-over). She sunk three birdies including two in the final four holes.
ROUND THREE QUICK HITS
– Aom paced the Bobcats in the final round of action with a team-low 69 (2-under). She finished as the lone Bobcat to score under par in any round during the week. Aom birdied a team-best six holes, including four in the final nine holes.
– White and Mora each carded rounds of 74 (2-over). White charted three birdies, while Mora holed out one birdie.
– Yip tallied a final round score of 75 (3-over) and Wong notched a 77 (5-over). Yip converted one birdie opportunity during the action on Tuesday.
TXST IN THE STANDINGS
2. Sasikarn Somboonsup (78-70-69=217, +4)
3. Sarah White (73-73-74=220, +7)
5. Anne-Charlotte Mora (73-75-74=222, +7)
t-7. Sean Yi Yip (75-74-75=224, +9)
t-11. Geraldine Wong (79-74-77=230, +11)
19. Sachika Singh (73-80-83=236, +23)
The Bobcats will square off with the rest of the league in the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Championship. The tournament will run from April 15-17 at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Spavital Era Begins with Texas State
Football’s Spring Game Presented By Bud Light
SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State will showcase a new offense and defense under first-year head coach Jake Spavital for fans and supporters when the Bobcats play their annual Spring Game presented by Bud Light on April 13 at Bobcat Stadium beginning at 6 PM Admission to the Spring Game is free and it is open to the general public.
The Spring Game features offensive players playing against defensive players in two 25-minute halves that will also include punts, field goals and extra-point attempts on special teams. Following the second half, each team has separate possessions of four-minutes, 25-seconds and two-minutes.
The day is full of activities for Bobcat football fans, who have the opportunity to tailgate on the west side of the stadium beginning at 2PM in lots 2-3. The Delta Zeta sorority is having a crawfish boil in Lot 2 from 2 to 6 PM with proceeds benefiting the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which provides hearing aids to people in need throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Gates to the stadium open at 1 p.m. for the start of the Bobcat Alumni Flag Football Tournament featuring former Bobcat football players and athletic alumni from other sports competing against each other.
Fans can also enjoy live music, boiled shrimp, other seafood and drinks provided by Brown Distributing, Quality Seafood Market and former Bobcat football player Greg Hamilton inside the Gowens Family Pavilion located on the southwest corner of the stadium from 3 to 6 PM. Concession stands will be open for food and drinks throughout the game.
The Bobcat Marching Band, Strutters and cheerleaders will be on hand to perform before and during the game. In addition, the Bobcat Fun Zone will be open behind the South End Zone and fans will have an opportunity to watch the game from field level and in the lower stands on the west side of the stadium.
Bobcat fans can also purchase season tickets and have the opportunity to select their favorite seats. Season tickets start as low as $80 for six games against Wyoming on Sept. 7, Georgia State on Sept. 21, Nicholls State on Sept. 28, ULM on Oct. 10, South Alabama on Nov. 9, and Troy on Nov. 16.
The spring game provides fans an opportunity to watch the Bobcats play for the first time under Spavital before Texas State opens its 2019 season at Texas A&M on Aug. 29.
The first game at Texas A&M will be a return trip to College Station for Spavital, one of the nation’s two youngest head coaches in the FBS.
He is in his first season as a head coach after serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for some of the nation’s most explosive offenses at West Virginia, California and Texas A&M.