After a 12-game winning streak during which they have scored more than 11 runs per game, the Texas State Bobcats have climbed into the national baseball ratings.
The Bobcats are ranked No. 26 in the Collegiate Baseball poll released Monday afternoon, making their first trip to the national ratings since they reached No. 30 in March 2007.
Texas State also received votes this week in two other major college baseball polls – the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) vote and the Rivals.com poll.
The Bobcats are 31-10 overall and 18-5 in the Southland Conference, where they hold first place by 3 1/2 games. During their 12-game winning streak, the Bobcats have outscored their opposition 139-46. The Bobcats also have won 15 of their last 16 games and 20 of their last 22. During those last 22 games, the Bobcats have scored 238 runs, nearly 11 per game.
By any measure of offense, the Bobcats are enjoying a superb season, including a team batting average of .342 and a team OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) of .952. As a team, incredibly, the Bobcats have walked more than they have struck out, walking 202 times and fanning 181 times.
Texas State already has exceeded last year’s win total. Unlike last year’s 30-27 team, which benefitted little from pitching, this year’s team has put forth excellent pitching at times. Leading the way is starting ace Kane Holbrooks, who is 9-0 with a 2.20 ERA.
The Bobcats are coming off a 4-0 week initiated by a 7-2 victory over ninth-ranked Baylor (their second win this year against the Bears), and followed with a weekend sweep of Southland Conference foe McNeese State.
Texas State makes its next appearance on the field Tuesday night in Austin, where it will play No. 8 Texas at 6 p.m. Texas won their last meeting, 6-5, when Texas State opened its rebuilt Bobcat Field on March 3.Email | Print