Baseball team sweeps Georgia State
The Texas State baseball team swept a three-game Sun Belt road series at Georgia State this weekend, scoring a total 46 runs and registering 29 hits.
Texas State (20-15-1, 8-7 Sun Belt) began the week with a 10-inning 2-1 loss to visiting UT-Rio Grande Valley (18-18) on Tuesday before starting the series with the Panthers.
The series started with a high-scoring game that almost saw the Bobcats give up a five-run lead twice. Texas State led 5-0 after the top of the fourth but Georgia State crawled back to within one in the seventh, 6-5.
Four more runs by the Bobcats in the eighth and ninth innings extended their lead to 10-5, but the Panthers wouldn’t go away quietly, scoring four runs in final frame before losing, 10-9.
In a doubleheader Saturday, the two teams needed extra innings before Texas State claimed a 10-5 victory in the first game and pounded out 16 hits in the final game to wrap up the sweep with a 9-3. Senior shortstop Luke Sherley had four hits and three RBIs in the final game to lead the Bobcats.
It was the Bobcats’ second conference series sweep this season. The first one was a home series with Appalachian State (12-19, 4-10) in March.
A daunting task awaits the Bobcats this week as they travel to College Station Tuesday to face No. 22 Texas A&M (27-9, 8-7 SEC). The Aggies are currently on a six-game winning streak.
Softball: The 24th-ranked Texas State Bobcats split a doubleheader against No. 21 Louisiana-Lafayette (27-11, 13-4) on Sunday in Lafayette.
The first game went into extra innings after the game was deadlocked at 0-0 after seven innings.
Brianna Sannem doubled to left field to plate Sierra Steimel in the top of the eighth inning to give Texas State (31-9, 12-1 Sun Belt) a 1-0 lead before sophomore Hailey MacKay blasted a threerun home run over the left field fence to give the Bobcats a 4-0 lead.
The Ragin Cajuns put runners on first and second before All-American pitcher Randi Rupp (19-6) retired the final three batters to pick up the win in the circle.
Louisiana-Lafayette registered 11 hits in the second game while holding the Bobcats to five in a 5-1 win to hand Texas State its first Sun Belt loss of the season.
The series will conclude on Monday morning with Rupp set to take the circle for the Bobcats.
Men’s basketball: The Bobcats added two players last week for the 2018 signing period: point guard Mason Harrell and forward Akim Daschner.
Harrell was the 2018 Oklahoma Gatorade player of the year after averaging 33.8 points per game during his senior season at Carl Albert in Midwest City, Okla.
Daschner is a junior college transfer from Ranger College with three years of eligibility remaining. He averaged 17.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game in his lone season at Ranger.