Around Campus: Baseball and Softball

Texas State athletics leads off
to a bright spring season

Two softball players high-five on fieldBy 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.

Four softball players were named to the SLC Preseason Teams. Taylor and junior first baseman Haley Lemons were selected to the first team; Hall and junior second baseman Anna Hernandez received second team accolades.

Baseball players holding hats over heartsBobcat Baseball will take to the field for its first game Feb. 17 in Bobcat Ballpark, as Texas State hosts the Bobcat Invitational. The four-team, three-day tournament, which ends Feb. 19, will test Texas State against Santa Clara University, Wichita State University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

“Expectations for the Texas State baseball team have never been higher than they are entering the 2012 season,” says the Bobcat Baseball Season Preview. “With a slew of returning starters, a pair of all-Americans and the winningest coach in Bobcat history leading the way, this Texas State team has good reason to expect big things.”

text boxHead coach Ty Harrington will lead the team with seniors Tyler Sibley and Casey Kalenkosky returning for their final runs with the Bobcats. Both were selected in last summer’s MLB Draft but are donning maroon and gold for one more season in San Marcos. The team also returns 20 letterwinners to the field this season: 10 position players and 10 pitchers.

With two great seasons coming up at the Bobcat Baseball and Softball Complex, students, staff and faculty are encouraged to show their support and cheer on the Bobcats at home games. Admission is free for current students with a Texas State ID at all home athletic events. Single-game and season ticket packages are available for purchase online by clicking here.

View complete schedules for Bobcat baseball and softball teams as well as track and field, tennis and golf at TxStateBobcats.com.

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