Bobcats look for sweep series
The Texas State Bobcats are picking up the pieces from a Tuesday night loss to Texas and moving on with a nine-game road trip. The ‘Cats first stop will be in Nacogdoches for a weekend series against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Jaycees Field.
Saturday is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start and the series will wrap-up Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Live stats will be available through SFA’s web-site, www.sfajacks.com and the school’s broadcast will be available via www.KSFA860.com.
As the ‘Cats delve back into league play, a .352 Southland Conference batting average should carry the team through the weekend. Paul Goldschmidt, Elliott Babcock and Lance Loftin are each batting .400 or better in the 21 league games and eight Texas State starters follow, clearing the .300 mark.
Goldschmidt leads the team with a .477 batting average and an .830 slugging percentage. To date, the sophomore has 63 hits, 32 multi-base hits and a team-best 59 RBI in all games.
Aside from batting, Texas State will utilize its proficient starting trio on the mound, giving Friday night to Mike Hart who is 3-1 in conference outings. Steven Siers, 3-0, will take the hill Saturday and Zach Tritz, 6-1, will close out Sunday night.
With 74 strikeouts, Hart leads the team and falls in at number two overall in the SLC. The right-hander boasts a 3.98 ERA entering the weekend and after 71.1 innings on the mound has completed three games, allowing just 71 hits, 39 runs. Opponents are batting .263 with the New York native on the mound.
The ‘Jacks enter the series on a streak of five wins, sweeping Nicholls State in Thibodeaux, La. and taking two wins over Texas-Pan American at home. SFA is 19-25 overall and the trio of SLC wins improved the ‘Jacks to 6-14 in league play.
Lead-off hitter Noel Trevino lifted his batting average 28 points over the week of victories and is now batting .286 at the plate. The effort snagged the senior SLC Hitter of the Week honors. Kevin Crabtree and Kevin Croft add power to the team’s bats, hitting .365 and .327, respectively.
SFA’s starting pitchers have yet to be determined. The team possesses an overall 5.91 earned run average that improves to 5.64 against league opponents. The ‘Jacks have allowed 236 hits and given up 19 home runs and Southland opponents are batting .337 against the foe.
Texas State holds a 30-14 advantage over the foe, including an 8-7 ten-inning season opening victory. The ‘Cats have won seven of the past nine meetings with the Lumberjacks.
By AMBER ARTERBERRY
Assistant Sports Information Director