The historic 2022 campaign for the Bobcats of Texas State kicks off with another weekend sweep to wrap up the regular season. The No. 13 Bobcats outscored Georgia State 5-4 on the road Sunday to finish the regular season with a 43-11 record.
Texas State has already broken the record for wins in a single season and clinched the Sun Belt Regular Season Conference Championship. Senior shortstop Dalton Shuffield helped power the Bobcats on Saturday with two doubles to become the program leader with 53 and extra-base hits with 84.
“It’s great to break records,” Shuffield said in a team statement. “Has been [a] Blessing to play for the Bobcats, Ty [Harrington], [Steven] Trout and everything else. It’s been absolutely fantastic, and I hope it doesn’t end quickly.”
Shuffield was named the Sun Belt Player of the Year on Monday. He enters the conference tournament with a .393 average, 1.156 OPS, 84 hits and 12 home runs. All of those brands lead the Bobcats.
Steven Trout was named the Ron Maestri Sun Belt Coach of the Year. Four more Bobcats were named Sun Belt First Team: infielder Justin Thompson, reliever Tristan Stivors, and starters Levi Wells and Zeke Wood.
With the weekend sweep of Atlanta, the Bobcats finish the regular season 15-0 away from home in conference play. All three weekend games were decided by a single race.
Eyes in San Marcos may be focused on hosting an NCAA Regional now. Texas State remains at No. 26 in the RPI, but a possible Sun Belt tournament matchup with Georgia Southern (No. 10 in the RPI) has the potential to help the Bobcats.
The Sun Belt Conference Tournament begins Tuesday in Montgomery, Alabama, with two games. The top-seeded Bobcats will open at 7:30 pm on Wednesday against the lowest remaining seed. The championship game is scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 pm.