Base­ball team sweeps Ge­or­gia State

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Keff Ciardello Amer­i­can-States­man Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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