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May 12th, 2009
Teis touts athletic achievements

STAFF REPORT

In an open letter published Tuesday on Texas State’s athletic department website, Athletic Director Larry Teis touted numerous achievements in the university’s sports program this spring.

The softball team earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament this week, playing against Northwestern in Waco Friday night. Meanwhile, the baseball team clinched its first outright Southland Conference baseball title with a come-from-behind win Sunday, 7-6 over Nicholls State.

“Bobcat fans, I’m not sure we could have had a much better week then we did this past week,” Teis said.

The baseball and softball teams both opened new stadiums in style this year. The baseball team is No. 25 in the Collegiate Baseball magazine rankings. It’s not inconceivable that the Bobcats could go to the NCAA baseball tournament even if they don’t win the league tournament next weekend.

“With the opening of our new stadiums and the success our teams have had on the field, I could not be more proud of the way both programs have represented our university,” Teis said.

With the baseball and softball regular season championships this year, Texas State won such titles in five of its 14 sports this year, with the other titles including football, volleyball and women’s soccer.

In addition, the men’s golf team is sending Jeff Gerlich and Corey Roberson to the NCAA regional, which starts today in Austin. The Bobcats also have already qualified 18 athletes between men’s and women’s track and field for the NCAA regionals.

If the baseball team can go to the NCAA tournament, then Texas State will be represented in NCAA playoffs in eight of its 14 sports this year – football, women’s soccer, women’s cross country, softball, baseball, men’s golf, men’s track and field, and women’s track and field.

In addition, Teis said, the 45 Texas State athletes graduating this week constitute the largest graduating class in the history of the university’s athletic department.

“I want to wish you all the best of luck with your endeavors, and I hope to see you back on campus as strong active alumni,” Teis said to the graduating athletes.

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