By MICHAEL WRIGHT
SAN MARCOS – A big eight-run 8th inning by the Houston Cougars put the game away Wednesday night and Texas State fell to the Cougars 15-9 at Bobcat Field.
Steven Siers started the game for the Bobcats and pitched 1 inning and gave up 1 run on 2 hits in the 1st inning. Thomas Field (batting .500 when leading off) led off the 1st inning with a single and then stole 2nd base but was unable to score after a ground out and fly out ended the inning. Kane Holbrooks game in to pitch the 2nd inning for the Bobcats and he surrendered 3 runs on 3 hits. In the bottom of the 2nd, Jonathan Farrow led off with a walk and advanced to 2nd when Lance Loftin was hit by a pitch. Left Fielder Spenser Dennis followed them with his 4th home run of the season to tighten the score to 4-3. Jerry Cervantes and Field each hit singles after that but were left on base after a fly out and a ground out.
Holbrooks allowed another Cougar run in the top of the 3rd to bring the score to 5-3. Farrow started things off in the bottom of the 3rd with a 1 out single. Loftin (batting .386 vs. Right handed pitchers) doubled to center field which moved Farrow to 3rd. Dennis then followed with a single to drive in Farrow and move Loftin to 3rd. Elliot Babcock followed him with a double down the left field line to score Loftin and Dennis. Cervantes got a single off the new Cougar pitcher but was throw out trying to stretch it into a double. The next batter struck out to leave Babcock on base. The Bobcats now led 6-5 after 3 innings.
Holbrooks only gave up one hit in the top of the 4th and go the Cougars out giving up 0 runs on 1 hit. Paul Goldschmidt (batting .341 and batting in 17 runs with 2 outs) hit his 12th home run of the season in the bottom of the 4th to put the Bobcats up by 2, 7-5. Farrow collected a single as the next batter but was out at 2nd on a groundout hit by the next batter. The Cougars got a lead off home run in the top of the 5th to make the score 7-6 but Holbrooks was able to get the next 3 out in order to get out of the inning.
The bottom of the 5th was not good to the Bobcats as the 1st two batters struck out and the last one hit it to the 1st baseman for the 3rd out of the inning. Holbrooks struck out the 1st two Cougars he faced in the 6th inning but then gave up a triple. He runner then scored on a passed ball to tie the game at 7. Holbrooks then struck out the next batter to end the inning with 3 strikeouts. Field and Laurn Randell each hit singles in the bottom of the 6th but the last 2 Bobcat batters struck out to leave them on base.
Aaron Taylor was the new Bobcat pitcher entering the 7th inning and he was able to get he 1st two Cougar batters out. The 3rd batter singled, stole 2nd and got to 3rd on a passed ball before Taylor was able to strike out the next batter for the 3rd out. Freshman Jason Martinson (batting .429 when leading off the inning) greeted the new Houston pitcher in the bottom of the 7th with a double to right center. Babcock brought him in 2 batters later with a single to right center to put the Bobcats up by 1, 8-7. The next batter hit into a double play to end the inning.
The Bobcats brought Eric Weaver in as their 4th pitcher of the game and he gave up 3 straight singles and the tying run before he left. Tyler Brundridge came in and got the 1st batter out but the next Cougar batter knocked one out to left center to bring in 3 runs and put Houston up by 3. The Cougars finished the inning scoring 8 runs on 8 hits to take the lead 15-8. Goldschmidt got a groundout RBI in the bottom of the 8th to make the score 15-9. Pitcher Josh Walter held the Cougars to 1 hit in the 9th and did not allow a run. The Bobcats had 2 strike outs and a ground out in the bottom of the 9th to end the game.
Goldschmidt (1 for 5, 1 run, 2 RBI’s, 1 HR), Farrow (2 for 4, 2 runs, 1 walk), Dennis (2 for 5, 2 runs, 4 RBI’s, 1 HR), Babcock (2 for 5, 3 RBI’s, 1 Double), Cerventes (2 for 4), Field (3 for 4, 1 SB) and Loftin (1 for 2, 2 runs, 1 Double) led the team from the plate. The Bobcats collected 15 hits for the game while the Cougars had 19.
R H E
Houston 1 3 1 0 1 1 0 8 0 15 19 0
Texas State 0 3 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 9 15 2