College Baseball: Conference play begins for Bobcats
Considering the tough road that lies ahead for the Texas State Bobcats, head baseball coach Ty Harrington is probably grateful this is his team’s first and only year as members of the Western Athletic Conference.
The Bobcats’ 7-13 mark ranks ninth among the conference’s 10 teams entering tonight’s WAC opener at New Mexico State, and is just one of four league teams with a losing record. Texas State also enters this weekend’s three-game series as the only conference team without a win on the road at 0-7. Snapping that streak will be a tough task, considering the Aggies (12-10) are 10-2 at home this season.
Cal State-Bakersfield currently owns the best record in the WAC at 15-6, but the Aggies are one of the best offensive teams in the league statistically speaking.
NMSU leads the WAC in on-base percentage (.415, 13th nationally), home runs (21, third nationally), home runs per game (0.95, ninth nationally), runs (172, fifth nationally), stolen bases (30), stolen bases per game (1.36) and bases on balls (143, second nationally).
The Aggies are also second in the WAC in scoring, averaging 8.1 runs per game, and third in hits, doubles and slugging percentage.
On Texas State’s side are two of the top pitchers in the league. Sunday’s starter, Kyle Finnegan, is third in the WAC in strikeouts per innings and second in strikeouts overall while tonight’s starter, Taylor Black, is seventh and fifth respectively.