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Texas State notebook: Football welcomes more junior day recruits

Texas State held its second junior day of the spring, hosting 66 recruits last Saturday who took a tour around the Bobcats’ football facility and watched a practice.

Three recruits left junior day with scholarship offers, which makes 11 total offers that have gone out for the 2018 cycle.

“Anytime we can get them on our campus is good, whether the practice is good or not,” head coach Everett Withers said. “Getting them on campus and getting them around where we are is good. The thing we try to do is show them who we are.

“I’m not bashful about coaching real hard or anything when they are here because, when they get here, it’s going to be that way anyway. So if mom and dad are here with them, that’s cool with me. That’s the way it’s going to be. We are very transparent, and that’s what we do.”

Abilene Wylie quarterback Stacy Conner, who holds nine Division I offers and committed to Texas State last fall, was in attendance. He said he remains a firm pledge to the Bobcats.

“It’s a blessing to be recruited, but I’m still firmly committed to Texas State,” Conner said. “It’s family here. I like the movement that coach Withers has going on.”

Conner is one of three 2018 commitments for the Bobcats, along with San Marcos guard Alex Costilla and Waxahachie tackle Jack York. Both York and Costilla pledged after attending the Bobcats’ first junior day.

Baseball win streak ends: Texas State’s five-game winning streak ended Tuesday with a 9-3 loss at home to Texas A&M.

Teddy Hoffman hit his team-leading eighth home run of the season in the third inning, giving the Bobcats (16-9) a 3-1 lead. But the offense went cold after that as the Aggies didn’t surrender another hit after the fifth inning.

“(A&M) kept offensive pressure on us, and they had great at-bats the last six to nine outs of the game,” Bobcats coach Ty Harrington said. “Every once in a while, you get punched in the stomach. Just told the team that when you do that, when you get punched in the stomach, it’s what you do the next day.”

Texas State, which is 5-1 in the Sun Belt, returns to conference play this weekend, hosting Arkansas State (12-2, 2-4) for a three-game series.

Softball falls to Aggies: The softball team fell at home for the first time this season on Wednesday, a 5-1 loss to No. 7-ranked Texas A&M.

The Bobcats (24-6, 7-1 Sun Belt), who now are 8-1 at home, had won 12 of their last 13 games. They jump back into conference play this weekend when they host Georgia State (22-11, 7-2) in a three-game series.

The Bobcats are in second place in the Sun Belt; the Panthers are in third.

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