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March 18th, 2008
Texas State opens conference baseball play with series win

By MICHAEL WRIGHT
Sports Reporter

THIBODAUX, La. – The Texas State (10-5, 2-1) baseball team opened up Southland Conference play by going 2-1 against the Colonels of Nicholls State (3-12, 1-2) at Didier Field. Mike Hart pitched a complete game and recorded a career high 12 strikeouts. At the plate, Sophomore catcher Ben Theriot went 2 for 4, scored two runs and batted in two runs to win the 1st game of the series 10-4. In game two the Colonels outscored Texas State 12-10. Jonathan Farrow and Adam Witek had great games from the plate in the loss. Farrow knocked in 5 runs while Witek tied a school record for most hits recorded in a game, going 5 for 5. Game three saw the ‘Cats shut out Nicholls State 10-0 in eight innings. Pitcher Zach Tritz (3-0) pitched a six hit shut out and Paul Goldschmidt hit two homeruns and collected five RBI’s.

The Bobcats managed only 1 base runner up to the 4th inning in game one. In the 4th they were able to put up 3 runs on 2 hits. Trailing 1-0, Paul Goldschmidt reached on an error by the Colonel’s right fielder to score Adam Witek and tie the game. Ben Theriot followed with a sacrifice fly to score Laurn Randell for the 2nd run of the inning. Lance Loftin hit another sacrifice fly to score Jonathan Farrow to bring the score to 3-1. Nicholls State scored 2 in their half of the 4th and got another run n the 5th to take a 4-3 lead. The Bobcats tied the score in the 6th when Goldschmidt scored after leading off with a double on Loftin’s doubled to left center. Texas State then went to work in the 7th inning scoring 5 runs on 6 hits. Goldschmidt singled to center field to bring in Randell and Witek for the first 2 runs of the inning. Theriot followed with a double to left center to score Farrow. Jerry Cervantes hit a sacrifice fly to plate Goldschmidt for the 4th run of the inning. Elliot Babcock singled up the middle to bring Theriot home for the 5th run to make the score 9-4 Texas State. The ‘Cats scored their final run of the game when Loftin singled to right center to bring in Theriot and bring us to the final score of 10-4. Pitcher Mike Hart settled down and did not allow a hit over the last 4 innings. Hart pitched a complete game to go 2-1 on the season. He gave up 3 runs and struck out a career high 12 batters. Witek (2 for 5, 2 runs), Randell (1 for 3, 2 runs), Farrow (0 for 2, 2 runs), Goldschmidt (2 for 4, 2 runs, 3 RBI’s), Theriot (2 for 4, 2 runs, 2 RBI’s) and Loftin (3 for 4, 3 RBI’s) led the team at the plate.

Score by Innings R H E
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Texas State……… 000 301 501 – 10 12 0
Nicholls State…… 100 210 000 – 4 7 1
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Texas State scored 4 runs in the 1st inning of game 2 to take a big early lead. Thomas Field, Adam Witek and Laurn Randell opened the game with 3 consecutive singles. The clean up batter, Jonathan Farrow followed them up with a triple to left center to score each of them. Paul Goldschmidt had the Bobcats 5th consecutive hit when he singled to right to plate Farrow. The inning could have been bigger with 3 bobcats still on base when the inning ended. The Bobcats only managed 1 hit in the 2nd inning and 1 in the 3rd while giving up 3 runs to the Colonels to tie the game at 4 heading into the 4th inning. Goldschmidt put the Bobcats ahead when he doubled down the left field line to bring in Witek. Lance Loftin brought in 2 more runs when he singled to score Goldschmidt and Farrow. Nicholls State continued to score putting up 1 in the 4th, 1 in the 5th and a big 5 runs in the 6th to take the lead 11-7. The ‘Cats tightened the score a little in the 7th. Randell was hit with a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in Elliot Babcock for a run. Farrow followed with a sacrifice fly to score Field to make the score 11-9. Nicholls State scored for the 7th consecutive inning in the 7th inning but was held scoreless in the 8th to bring the score to 12-9 going into the Bobcat 9th. Texas State made it interesting. Farrow hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Field and make the score 12-10 with runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs. The final Bobcat batter struck out though and Texas State fell 12-10. The teams combined for 33 hits in the game. (Texas State – 17, Nicholls State – 16). Field (4 for 6, 3 runs), Witek (5 for 5, 2 runs), Farrow (2 for 4, 2 runs, 5 RBI’s), Goldschmidt (2 for 6, 1 run, 2 RBI’s), and Loftin (3 for 5, 2 RBI’s) were the offensive leaders. Witek tied a school record for the most hits in a game with 5.

Score by Innings R H E
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Texas State……… 400 300 201 – 10 17 2
Nicholls State…… 112 115 10X – 12 16 1
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Texas State jumped out to another early lead when they took a 3-0 lead in the 1st in the third and final game of the series. All 3 runs were provided by Paul Goldschmidt, who delivered a 2 out 3 run blast to right center to score Jonathan Farrow and Laurn Randell. The Bobcats put up another 3 spot in the 2nd inning to take a 6-0 lead. The first run was scored by Lance Loftin when Adam Witek was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Randell singled to bring in Thomas Field and Spenser Dennis for the other 2 runs. The inning ended with 3 runs scored on 3 hits and 3 left on base. Pitcher Zach Tritz scattered 5 hits through 7 innings and kept the Colonels scoreless going into the 8th. With the score still 6-0, the Bobcats put up 4 more runs in the 8th to make the score 10-0. Witek started it all off with a single to score Dennis. Farrow then delivered a 2 out single to score Randell. Randell had put himself in scoring position after hitting a single and stealing 2nd base. Goldschmidt homered to left field to plate Randell and end the scoring at 10-0. Tritz allowed a single to open the Colonel 8th but the next batter hit into a double play to end the threat and one batter later the game. Witek (1 for 3, 2 RBI’s), Randell (3 for 4, 2 runs, 2 RBI’s), Farrow (2 for 4, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Goldschmidt (3 for 5, 2 runs, 5 RBI’s) and Spenser (2 for 3, 2 runs) led the team from the plate. Tritz pitched a complete game shutout, giving up only 6 hits and is now 3-0 on the season.

Score by Innings R H E
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Texas State……… 330 000 04 – 10 12 0
Nicholls State…… 000 000 00 – 0 6 0
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Texas State now leads the all time series 35-29. Adam Witek and Paul Goldschmidt both had outstanding series. Witek finished the series going 8 for 13, scoring 4 runs and collecting 2 RBI’s. Goldschmidt went 7 for 12, scored 5 runs and batted in 10 runs. Laurn Randell, who came into the series leading the team with a .395 batting average finished the series going 5 for 10, scoring 5 runs and collecting 3 RBI’s. Jonathan Farrow and Ben Theriot entered the game leading the Bobcats with 25 RBI’s each. Farrow, the DH came into the series batting .353 went 4 for 10, scored 6 runs and knocked in 3 RBI’s. Theriot came into the series 4th on the team with a .324 batting average. He finished the series going 2 for 10, scoring 2 runs and batting in 2 RBI’s.

Texas State will play the Texas Longhorns on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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