By Andrew Zimmel
Spooky Sports Journalist
Head Baseball Coach Ty Harrington released the 2018 Texas State Baseball schedule today, and the 56 game schedule looks spooky for the Bobcats. The team is coming off an average season by Bobcat standards, going 29-30 but winning two games in the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) tournament. The team was good at home last year with big wins against the University of Texas and the defending National Champion Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, but struggled away from home with an abysmal 7-17 record away from San Marcos.
The Bobcats start the season against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Feb. 16th, and start SBC games with Appalachian State on March 17th. The Bobcats will also play 23 games against programs who have played in the NCAA Championship at least once in the last two years. That includes 10 contests with teams that advanced to the College World Series during that same period (Oklahoma State, UC Santa Barbara, Coastal Carolina and Texas A&M).
The Bobcats will be looking to add on to their Sun Belt play, going 13-17 last season in conference. The Sub -.500 record is partily due to the competition in the conference and partially due to struggles from the mid-relief pitching struggles that that team suffered from most of the season. The team will look to correct that as well as work on jumping on teams early.
The Bobcats will have their work cut out for them with the SBC being hailed one of the best baseball conferences in the nation and having some of the best ball players in the “Group 5” division of schools. Coach Harrington is a dark horse contender for “Coach of the Year” in many writers’ opinion. Coach Harrington has the most wins in Texas State Baseball Coach programs history, and is knocking on the “600 Wins” door with 591 wins going into this season.
Featured image by Madison Tyson.