By Amber Arterberry
Athletic Media Relations Assistant
Bobcats look to SLC weekend series for uplift
SAN MARCOS – An early offensive attack from No. 10 Rice placed Texas State in a dilemma too tough to overcome and the ‘Cats dropped a 13-3 decision Tuesday night at Bobcat Field. The loss gives Texas State a 12-8 overall mark before entering Southland Conference action this weekend against the Sam Houston State Bearkats.
Matt Langwell (3-0) held Texas State scoreless over the top four frames, while the Owls capitalized on a laboring effort from the Bobcat defense. With two outs in the top of the second inning, a fielding error from the ‘Cats extended the frame just long enough for Rice to plate four runs to take the initial lead. Texas State shuffled arms on the mound in the third inning for better returns, but a second defensive foul-up gave the foe five runs off two hits and set a 9-0 gap for the ‘Cats to reach.
A pair of homeruns would send three across for Texas State, but the effort just couldn’t match the tally set by Rice. Elliott Babcock opened the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo homer over the left center fence for the first Texas State run and Paul Goldschmidt blasted a two-run knock over the right center fence in the seventh inning for the ‘Cats final score.
Rice would go on the split four runs evenly over the seventh and eighth innings to close out the contest.
Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 on the evening, notching his seventh homerun of the season with his double-RBI shot.
Ben Theriot and Jerry Cervantes were the only other Bobcats to put together more than one hit, both going 2-for-3.
Chad Mozingo went 2-for-2, scoring two runs for Rice and Jared Gayhart notched a game-high four RBI in the decision.
Kane Holbrooks took his third loss of the season against the Owls after spending two innings on the mound. Holbrooks allowed nine runs, four of which were earned off six hits.
Langwell pitched 5.0 solid innings, limiting the ‘Cats to just one run off six hits and allowing three walks.
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Texas State will return to the field and SLC action Friday night when they face the Bearkats at Sanders Stadium with a first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.