Texas State athletics leads off
to a bright spring season
By Billi London-Gray
The first pitch of the Texas State softball season will be thrown this morning as the Bobcats take on Syracuse University in the Kajikawa Classic at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. Texas State will play six games in the three-day meet, also facing Brigham Young University, the University of California, Arizona State, the University of Washington and the University of New Mexico.
According to the Texas State Athletics Department, Texas State opens the 2012 softball season as the favorite to win the Southland Conference Championship. Thirteen letterwinners will return to the field, including three-time all-conference and all-region selection Chandler Hall and the team’s two other pitchers from last year, junior Anne Marie Taylor and sophomore Crystal Alaniz. Continue reading
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From Texas State to Hollywood Hills, Grimes’ talent resonates with ‘Voice’
By Catherine Harper
Texas State alumnus and country singer Curtis Grimes got his start on NBC's "The Voice."
Texas State University alumnus Curtis Grimes could not have imagined that one call would change his life in January 2011. After auditioning earlier that month for NBC’s “The Voice” — a singing competition moderated by celebrity judges — Grimes’ country stylings hit the mark with producers and he was on his way to stardom.
“They reached out to me at first with an e-mail saying they’d like me to audition after they’d seen some of my shows on YouTube,” Grimes says. “The whole experience was awesome.”
After flying to Hollywood, Grimes worked with music coach Cee Lo Green each week of auditions, making it to the quarter-finals on the show. His success with the singing competition has awarded him national exposure, with his new album Doin’ My Time hitting the Top Texas 15 and his new single “Irresponsible” on airwaves last month.
Before his singing success, Grimes was immersed not in music but in baseball as a pitcher at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. After transferring to Texas State in 2005, however, Grimes struck a chord with the music scene in San Marcos.
“Texas State definitely influenced me music-wise, since the country scene is so strong down there,” Grimes says, speaking from his tour stop in West Texas. “It’s kind of a central hub of country music. There were artists like Randy Rogers and Ryan Turner coming from there, so it’s where I found a lot of my influences.”
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Two former Bobcats make
pro baseball debuts
Third baseman Kyle Kubitza and pitcher Joe Dvorsky, both selected in the Major League Baseball draft earlier this month, have launched their pro careers in different corners of the country.
Kubitza joined the Danville (Ga.) Braves in the Rookie-level Appalachian League on June 21, and he has appeared in seven games for the Atlanta Braves’ affiliate. He was the organization’s third-round draft selection.
Dvorsky made his debut a day later, pitching an inning for the Great Falls (Mont.) Voyagers in the Rookie-level Pioneer League. He was the 35th-round pick of the Chicago White Sox. Continue reading
Goldschmidt to compete tonight
in Southern League homer derby
Former Texas State first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who leads all Double-A players in home runs this season with 22, will take part in the Southern League Home Run Derby tonight in Jackson, Tenn.
The competition is part of the league’s all-star celebration. The all-star game, in which Goldschmidt is a starter for the Southern Division, is Tuesday.
Pitcher Mike Hart continued his hot streak last week. Hart, a reliever for Class A Burlington, has given up just two hits and no runs in June.
Here’s the weekly update of former Bobcats playing pro baseball: Continue reading
Linebrink earns rare save;
Hart stays dominant in Midwest
Here is the weekly update of former Texas State student-athletes playing professional baseball from Massachusetts to California and points in between.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Scott Linebrink earned the eighth save of his 571-game big-league career last week, striking out the Marlins’ Gaby Sanchez in the bottom of the 10th inning Wednesday night. MLB.com has video of the strikeout on Linebink’s player page; click on “Linebrink fans Gaby” to see it.
Pitcher Mike Hart has lowered his earned-run average to 1.80, allowing just two earned runs in his last 10 relief appearances for the Burlington Bees in the Class A Midwest League. Opponents were hitting just .089 against him in those games.
Former Bobcats first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was chosen for the Southern League All-Star Game last week as well. Continue reading
Ramos gets off to fast start;
Miller announces retirement
Former Texas State pitcher/infielder Dominic Ramos has started the Can-Am League season by going 9 for 21 with three doubles and a home run.
Ramos, the shortstop for the league’s Brockton (Mass.) Rox, is hitting .429. He is fourth in team history with 319 hits.
Another former Bobcat, Matt Miller, announced his retirement from baseball last week. Miller was an all-star at every level of the minors as he progressed through the Colorado Rockies’ farm system. He was in the Philadelphia Phillies organization this season.
Paul Goldschmidt continues to lead the Southern League in home runs (17), on-base percentage (.450), slugging (.677), extra-base hits (29), total bases (126), runs scored (41) and walks (40). He has been intentionally
walked seven times.
Former Texas State pitcher
posting great stats in Class A
Here’s the weekly statistical report on former members of the Texas State baseball team playing professionally around the country, from Mobile to Tulsa.
Pitcher Mike Hart has turned into one of the stoppers in the bullpen for the Burlington (Iowa) Bees in the Class A Midwest League. Opposing hitters are batting just .188 against him, and he has 26 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings this season, with just 10 walks.
Texas State club baseball team
headed for national tournament
Pitcher Zackary Chumchal of the Texas State club baseball team.
The Texas State baseball team clinched its third Southland Conference title in a row over the weekend, but it isn’t the only successful ballclub on campus.
The Bobcats club team, one of 25 sports clubs sponsored by the Department of Campus Recreation, will be competing in the National Club Baseball Association Division II tournament beginning Friday in Johnstown. Pa.
Texas State opens the tournament against Penn State, which finished second at the national tournament last year. Continue reading
Tracking Texas State players
in professional baseball
Here’s the weekly update on former Texas State players playing the majors and minors from Atlanta to Rancho Cucamonga.
In the midst of what is already an impressive power-hitting season, former Bobcats first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is showing something else: Patience. In addition to leading the Southern League in home runs, runs batted in, total bases and slugging percentage, he is tops in on-base percentage, thanks to a league-high 30 walks.
New to the list this week thanks to a tip from a fan is Josh Walter, who is pitching for Rancho Cucamonga, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ affiliate in the Class A California League.
As always, tips on more Bobcats in the minor leagues can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goldschmidt maintains lead
in Southern League stats
Here’s an update on former Texas State Bobcats playing professional baseball in the majors, affiliated minors and independent minors.
Former Texas State first baseman Paul Goldschmidt continues to lead the Southern League in home runs, runs batted in, total bases (76), walks (28), on-base percentage (.485), slugging percentage (.752) and on-base plus slugging (1.237). He has the most home runs, total bases and walks in all of Double-A, as well as the best slugging percentage and OPS.
As always, only players whose seasons have started are listed. Send additions or suggestions to email@example.com.