Bobcats eliminated from conference tournament by Ragin' Cajuns

Sports Reporter

Elimination from the Sun Belt Conference tournament was in play for the Texas State baseball team in its second semifinal game. 

Louisiana-Lafayette went up 2-0 in the first inning and the Ragin’ Cajuns never lost the lead in their 6-2 victory. Texas State’s season is over.

The Bobcats started Lucas Humpal, junior pitcher, on the mound and he responded by keeping the game in reach after the Ragin’ Cajuns jumped out to the lead.

Humpal finished the game pitching 7.1 innings while giving up five runs and six hits. Humpal recorded the loss and he will finish 2015 with a 5-7 record.

Humpal was voted the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Pitcher of the Year and Texas State has had Humpal pitch in a lot of big games this season, including Saturday.

Texas State could never find a lead on Saturday, but they did end the game dramatically.

Cedric Vallieres, senior second baseman, drew a walk with two outs in the ninth inning to load the bases for Granger Studdard, sophomore left fielder.

Studdard has hit two walk-off home runs this season and he represented the game-tying run.

Studdard was aggressive early in the count and made contact on an 0-1 pitch. Studdard pulled the ball down the first base line, but the first baseman was there to make the play.

Studdard watched as Greg Davis, Ragin' Cajuns senior first baseman, stepped on first base to finish off the Bobcats.

Studdard was a key factor to the Texas State offense this season, but he did not hit well in the tournament. The left fielder finished the tournament hitting 2-for-17 in four games. He recorded his second hit in the tournament in the team’s final game.

Studdard did make a highlight catch to end the fifth inning, with diving grab down the left field line to rob Stefan Trosclair, Ragin’ Cajuns junior second baseman, of an extra base hit.

Texas State advanced to the conference semifinals for the second consecutive year, but the ending is a familiar one for the team. The Bobcat were eliminated last season by Louisiana-Lafayette last season in the semifinals. 

Texas State came into Saturday knowing that they will have two chances advance to the tournament finals, which was not the case last season. In the first game, the team was shutout in the 3-0 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette. 

With the loss, Texas State finishes the 2015 season with a 24-32-1 record.

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