Texas State baseball heads into Sun Belt Tournament

The historic 2022 campaign for the Texas State Baseball Bobcats continues with another weekend sweep to wrap up the regular season. The No. 11 Bobcats edged Georgia State 5-4 on the road Sunday to finish the regular season with a 44-11 record.

Texas State has already broken the single-season winning season record and won the regular-season Sun Belt conference championship. Senior shortstop Dalton Shuffield helped propel the Bobcats on Saturday with two doubles to lead the program with 53 and added hits with 84.

“It’s pretty cool to break records,” Shuffield said in a team statement. “It was [a] blessing to play for the Bobcats, Ty [Harrington], [Steven] Trout and all the rest. It’s been absolutely fantastic, and I hope it doesn’t end soon.

Shuffield was named Sun Belt Player of the Year on Monday. He heads into the conference tournament with an average of .393, 1.156 OPS, 84 hits and 12 home runs. All of these marks lead the Bobcats.

Steven Trout was named Ron Maestri Sun Belt Coach of the Year. Four other Bobcats were named Sun Belt First Team: infielder Justin Thompson, reliever Tristan Stivors and starters Levi Wells and Zeke Wood.

With the weekend sweep in Atlanta, the Bobcats end the regular season 15-0 on the road in conference play. The weekend’s three games were decided by a single inning.

Eyes in San Marcos can now focus on hosting an NCAA Regional. Texas State remains at No. 26 on the RPI, but a possible Sun Belt tournament matchup with Georgia Southern (No. 10 on 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 open at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against the lowest remaining seed. The league game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Sunday.

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