Good news: Texas State currently sits in a first-place tie in the Western Athletic Conference.
Bad news: Even though the Bobcats are 2-1 in conference play, they’re 9-15 overall.
Good news: Texas State found its stride at the plate last weekend in a three-game series with New Mexico State, scoring 28 combined runs.
Bad news: Old problems reared their ugly head Tuesday night in a 5-3 loss to Texas, as the Bobcats failed to execute at the plate despite countless runners in scoring position.
Good news: Texas State returns to Bobcat Ballpark tonight to begin a weekend set with Seattle University.
“We really need to focus on conference this year,” said Texas State redshirt freshman pitcher Jeremy Hallonquist, who started against the Longhorns. “We can learn a lot from these last few days and get a lot of confidence from it too.”
After the last four games, the Bobcats need a lot of reassurance in their starting pitchers and Hallonquist gave them a solid pat on the back. Hallonquist struggled out of the gate, but settled down to hold Texas scoreless over his final 3 1/3 innings work.
If Hallonquist’s start is combined with those outings of sophomore Taylor Black, junior Scott Grist and junior Kyle Finnegan, Texas State’s starting pitchers allowed 25 hits over their last 17 2/3 innings and posted a 6.80 ERA.
“We’re a work in progress,” Bobcat head coach Ty Harrington said. “If we keep moving forward offensively and defensive, I really think the pitching will turn a corner for us.”
This weekend presents Texas State with a solid opportunity to get back on the right path when the Redhawks come to town. Even though Seattle U won four out of its last five games and outscored opponents 34-28 in the process, it’s only batting .264 as a team with 156 strikeouts.
First pitch between the Bobcats and Redhawks is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight. Texas State continues the three-game set Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m.