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Texas State is gone from the Southland Conference, but not forgotten as the league celebrates its 50th anniversary. The Bobcats had four players selected to the league’s all-decade baseball team for the 2000s.

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Former Texas State star Paul Goldschmidt, who is mashing for the Arizona Diamondbacks, was one of four Bobcats named to the Southland Conference all-decade team for the 2000s. TEXAS STATE ATHLETICS PHOTO

Leading the way, to no surprise, was first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who holds the school’s home run and RBI records and now stars for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Goldschmidt, the league’s Hitter of the Year in 2008 Player of the Year in 2009, finished his college career with 36 homers and 178 RBI, both school records. During his senior year, 2009, he hit 18 homers with 87 RBI, which are the school’s single-season records.

Goldschmidt is batting .313 this year for the Diamondbacks, leading the National League with 59 RBI. He recently signed a contract that will pay him $32 million through 2018.

Other selected to the Southland Conference all-decade team were pitcher Kane Holbrooks, outfielder Matt Miller and designated hitter Keith Prestridge.

Holbrooks was named the Southland’s Pitcher of the Year in 2009. He went 10-1 that year, finishing with a 3.29 earned run average with 57 strikeouts in 101.1 innings.

Miller, an outfielder, made an immediate impact at Texas State and in the Southland as he was recognized as the 2004 Newcomer of the Year.

Prestridge achieved the same feat in 2009, finishing as the Newcomer of the Year from the designated hitter position.

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