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March 14th, 2008
A trio of wins for Texas State baseball

By MICHAEL WRIGHT
Sports Reporter

SAN MARCOS – The weather did not cooperate for Texas States baseball series with Northern Illinois.  The Bobcats were originally scheduled to play a four game series against the Huskies beginning Friday but snowy conditions delayed NIU.  The Texas Tech Red Raiders had the same type of issue since their weekend series with the University of Illinois was canceled.  The schedule was quickly put together and the Bobcats, Huskies and Red Raiders all agreed to play a 3 team round robin over the weekend.  That worked out well until Monday when the game between Texas State and Texas Tech was called due to rain.  The Bobcats did get 3 games in despite the weather and got a W in all three games.  The ‘Cats won game one over Northern Illinois 3-1 when Mike Hart struck out 11 Husky batters and Jerry Cervantes batted in the game winning run.  In game 2 against the Red Raiders from Texas Tech, P Steven Siers gave up only 1 run in 7 innings on the mound and Jonathan Farrow hit a three run homer to win 14-3.  Game 3 was a rematch against Northern Illinois.  Pitcher Zach Tritz pitched 7 solid innings to get the win and Thomas Field hit for the cycle in the Bobcats 16-5 victory.

Game one saw the Bobcats jump out to an early 1-0 lead in the 1st inning.  Laurn Randell drew a two-out walk and then scored on Jonathan Farrow’s single.  Northern Illinois only managed to scatter 4 hits after 6 innings of play.  In the Bobcat half of the 6th, the ‘Cats struck for 2 more runs to make the score 3-0.  Paul Goldschmidt got things rolling when hit got on with a 2 out single.  Ben Theriot pushed him over to 3rd when he reached on an error by the Husky second baseman.  Jerry Cervantes followed with a double to right field to score them both.  NIU finally managed to score in the 7th to tighten things up a 3-1.  The Huskies stranded two runners in the 8th and Josh Walter earned his 2nd save of the season by sitting NIU down in order in the 9th to seal the victory.  Pitcher Mike Hart pitched 7 strong innings only giving up 6 hits and 1 earned run. He also struck out 11 batters (tied his career high) while earning his first win of the season.  Cervantes led the team offensively going 1 for 4 with 2 RBI’s.  The Huskies had 7 hits compared to the Bobcats 5 but committed four errors.

Score by Innings                             R  H  E
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Northern Illinois… 000 000 100 –   1   7   4
Texas State………   100 002 00X –  3   5   0
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In the next game, Texas State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead again in game 2 vs. the Texas Tech Red Raiders when Thomas Field scored on a balk.  Pitcher Steven Siers only surrendered 2 hits through 4 innings and finally gave up a run in the 5th when the Red Raiders tied the score at one.  The Bobcats then took control of the game and scored 7 runs on 5 hits in their half of the 5th inning.  Lance Loftin scored the first run of the inning when Adam Witek singled to bring him in.  Jonathan Farrow drew a bases loaded walk to bring in Field for the 2nd run.  Paul Goldschmidt greeted the new Raider pitcher with a single up the middle to score Laurn Randell and Witek to make the score 5-1 Texas State.  The next batter, Ben Theriot doubled up the middle to score Farrow.  Jerry Cervantes followed with a single to bring in Goldschmidt.  Theriot also scored on an error by the left fielder.  The next two Bobcat batters struck out to end the inning with the Bobcats leading 8-1.  Texas Tech was held scoreless in their half of the 6th and then the ‘Cats went back on the attack.  The new Raider pitcher walked the 1st two Bobcats he faced.  Randell then singled to center to bring in Field for the first score of the inning.  Farrow followed that with a 3 run home run to left center scoring Randell and Witek.  The score after 6 innings was 12-1 Texas State.  The Bobcats got another run in the 7th when Field scored on a fielders choice hit by Jason Martinson.  Texas Tech scored a run in the 8th on a wild pitch.  Texas State matched that with a run of their own in the 8th when Cervantes scored when Field hit into another fielders choice.  After 8 innings, Texas State led 14-2.  Texas Tech got another run in the 9th to bring the game to an end with the Bobcats winning 14-3 over a Big 12 opponent.  Siers got his 1st win of the season, going 7 innings and only giving up 1 run on 3 hits.  Field (2 for 4, 4 runs, 1 RBI), Witek (2 for 5, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Randell (1 for 2, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Farrow (1 for 3, 2 runs, 4 RBI’s), Goldschmidt (1 for 4, 1 run, 2 RBI’s), Theriot (3 for 4, 1 run, 1 RBI), Cervantes (2 for 5, 1 run, 1 RBI) and Loftin (3 for 5, 1 run) were the leaders at the plate.  Texas State totaled 15 hits compared to Texas Techs 6.

Score by Innings                          R  H  E
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Texas Tech………. 000 010 011 –  3   6   3
Texas State……… 100 074 11X – 14 15  2
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Game 3 was a re-match with Northern Illinois.  For the first time in the tournament, Texas State fell behind when UNI put up 3 runs in the 1st inning.  The Bobcats responded with a big 2nd inning though and scored 5 runs on 4 hits.  Jerry Cervantes homered to left field to being in Paul Goldschmidt for the first 2 runs of the inning.  Steven Vidaurri tied the score at 3 when he scored on an error by the left fielder after an Elliot Babcock double.  Thomas Field hit the teams 2nd home run of the inning to bring in Babcock to make the score 5-3 Texas State.  The Huskies got a run in the 3rd to make the score 5-4.  In the Bobcats half of the 3rd, they got 2 more runs on 3 hits.  Goldschmidt doubled to
left center to bring in Laurn Randell for the 1st run.  Babcock singled to score Goldschmidt for the 2nd run of the inning.  Texas State scored 2 more in the 4th to make the score 9-4.  Randell singled up the middle to bring in Adam Witek and Jason Martinson for the 2 runs.  The ‘Cats scored for the 4th consecutive inning in the 5th inning when they got 1 more run.  Field provided the RBI when he doubled to right field to plate Lance Loftin.  Texas State skipped scoring in the 6th inning but put up 4 more runs in the 7th to extend their lead to 14-4.   Adam Witek singled up the middle to score Babcock and Loftin for the first 2 runs.  Goldschmidt was walked with the bases load to bring in Field for the 3rd run.  Cervantes followed that with another walk to score Witek.  The inning could have been bigger as the Bobcats stranded 3 runners.  Northern Illinois’ run in the 8th was doubled up by Texas State in their half of the 8th to bring the score to 16-5.  Field tripled to bring in Babcock for the 1st run.  Witek followed Field with a single to bring in the teams final run.   NIU was held scoreless in the 9th to end the game.   Zack Tritz pitched 7 innings and gave up 6 hits and 4 earned runs while striking out 5 to earn his 1st win of the season.  The offense was led by Field (4 for 6, 3 run, 4 RBI’s), Witek (3 for 5, 2 runs, 3 RBI’s), Randell (3 for 5, 1 run, 2 RBI’s) Goldschmidt (1 for 3, 2 runs, 2 RBI’s), Cervantes (1 for 3, 1 run, 3 RBI’s), Loftin (0 for 3, 2 runs) and Babcock (4 for 4, 3 runs, 2 RBI’s).   Texas State collected 17 hits while Northern Illinois had 7.

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Northern Illinois… 301 000 010 –  5  7  1
Texas State……… 052 210 42X – 16 17  1
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The Bobcats are now 7-4 and will play there next game against Texas A&M-Kingsville Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. at Bobcat Field against the Javelinas.

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