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April 14th, 2008
Men's Baseball Go 1-2 Against the Lions

By MICHAEL WRIGHT
Sports Reporter

HAMMOND, La. – The Texas State (18-12, 10-5), baseball team left Louisiana with a 1-2 record for their series against Southeastern Louisiana (18-15, 8-7) at Alumni Field.   The Lions got a late inning run scoring single to win game one, 4-3.  The second game was all Texas State as the ‘Cats dominated 11-0 in seven innings.  Game three was a slugfest with the teams combining for 34 hits.  The Bobcats could not overcome an early 8-0 deficit though and fell 16-9.  Texas State still has the all time advantage over Southeastern Louisiana 29-17.

The Lions struck first in game one with a 2 run single in the 1st inning to take a 2-0 lead.  Still down 2-0 beginning the 3rd, Texas State put a run up.  Adam Witek hit a one out single to right field, stole 2nd and scored on a Paul Goldschmidt double to right center.  Southeastern Louisiana got a run in the bottom of the 4th when a runner scored on a wild pitch.  Texas State was able to bring it back to a one point game in the top of the 5th.  Thomas Field opened the inning with a triple down the left field line.  The next batter was Witek who reached on a fielding error scoring Field.  Three consecutive groundouts ended the Bobcat 5th.

Starting pitcher Mike Hart only gave up one hit in the 5th and 6th innings to finish his night by pitching 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits and striking out 4.  The Bobcats tied the game at 3 all in the 8th when Lance Loftin greeted the new Lion reliever with a home run to right center.  Texas State got 2 runners on in the 8th but could not bring anyone home to leave the score tied at 3.  Southeastern Louisiana went down in order in the bottom of the 8th with Zach Boles pitching in relief for the Bobcats.  The ‘Cats got 2 runners on in the 9th (both hit by pitch) but could not bring in a run.  Boles got the first 2 batters out in the bottom of the 9th but gave up back to back singles to put runners on 1st and 2nd.  Josh Walter came in to relieve Boles but he also gave up a single to the next batter which scored the game winning run for the Lions.

Boles was credited with the loss and is now 0-3 for the year.  Field (2 for 5, 1 run), Witek (1 for 5, 1 run, 1 RBI), Goldschmidt (2 for 4, 1 RBI), Loftin (2 for 4, 1 run, 1 RBI) and Elliott Babcock (2 for 4) were the leaders at the plate.

Score by Innings                              R  H  E
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Texas State………     001 010 010 –  3  11  1
Southeastern La….. 200 100 001 –  4  11  2
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Texas State scored first in game two and led 1-0 after the 1st inning.  Laurn Randell scored the run when Paul Goldschmidt hit a two out single.  Southeastern Louisiana managed to get a hit off of the Bobcat starting pitcher, Steven Siers in the 1st inning but were shut down through innings 2 and 3.  The first two Bobcats batters were out in the top of the 4th.   Lance Loftin was the next batter and he struck out but reached first on a wild pitch.  Ben Theriot followed him and he reached on a error moving Loftin to 2nd base.  Jonathan Farrow was next and he singled to left center to plate Loftin for an unearned run.  Elliott Babcock then tripled to right to bring in 2 more unearned runs when Theriot and Farrow scored.  With the 3 runs in the 4th, the Bobcats now led 4-0.  Siers still was throwing a 1-hitter when he put the Lions down in order in both the 4th and 5th innings.  Once again, SLU errors led to Bobcat runs in the 6th inning.  Farrow reached on an error with 2 outs.  Babcock followed him with a single to bring in another unearned run when Goldschmidt scored.  Thomas Field came up two batters later and hit a bases loaded triple to bring in Bret Atwood, Babcock and Farrow.  All three runs were recorded as unearned.  These 4 runs in the 6th brought the scored to 8-0.

 

Siers sat the Lions down in order again the bottom of the 6th including 2 strikeouts.   In the top of the 7th, Theriot doubled to bring in Goldschmidt for the first run of the inning.  Two batters later, Babcock single to plate Loftin for run number two.  Atwood was the next batter and hit another single to scored Theriot.  That brought the score to 11-0, Texas State.  Siers recorded another strike out and once again got the Lions down in order to end the game with the score 11-0.  Siers finished the game with a 1 hit shutout for his first career shutout.  He struck out 6 and his record is now 3-1 on the season.  Field (1 for 5, 3 RBI’s), Goldschmidt (2 for 3, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Loftin (0 for 2, 2 runs), Theriot (1 for 4, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Farrow (2 for 4, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Babcock (3 for 4, 1 run, 4 RBI’s) and Atwood (2 for 4, 1 run, 1 RBI) were the offensive leaders.

Score by Innings                          R  H  E
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Texas State………     100 304 3 – 11 12  1
Southeastern La….. 000 000 0 –  0   1   2
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SLU started off game three with a bunch of runs getting 8 runs on 7 hits in the 1st inning.  The Bobcats started their comeback in the top of the 2nd.  They scored their first run when Jerry Cervantes singled to bring in Lance Loftin.  Jason Martinson singled a few batters later to bring in Adam Witek to make the score 8-2.  Southeastern Louisiana scored another one in the bottom of the second to take a 9-2 lead before Texas State added two more in the top of the 3rd.  Elliott Babcock tripled to start off the inning and then he scored on a wild pitch.  Loftin hit into a ground out that scored Laurn Randell for the second run of the inning.

 

After the Lions were held scoreless in the 3rd, the score was 9-4 SLU.  Texas State made it 9-5 in the top of the 4th when Babcock doubled to plate Thomas Field.   Southeastern Louisiana went on to score 1 run in the 4th, 3 in the 5th and 3 more in the 6th to bring the score to 16-5 SLU after 6 innings.  The Bobcats scored 2 runs in the top of the 7th to avoid a run ruled loss when Paul Goldschmidt homered to right field to bring in Babcock.  They also added another 2 runs in the 8th inning to bring the score to 16-9 when Martinson homered to right field to bring in Ben Theriot.  The Bobcats left the bases loaded in the 9th to end the game at 16-9.  Pitcher Zach Tritz took his first loss of the season and is now 6-1 on the season.  Babcock (3 for 4, 2 runs, 1 RB), Goldschmidt (3 for 5, 1 run, 1 RBI), Loftin (1 for 4, 1 run, 1 RBI), Witek (2 for 4, 1 run) and Martinson (2 for 4, 1 run, 3 RBI’s) led the team from the plate.

 

Score by Innings                              R  H   E
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Texas State………    022 100  220 –  9   13  2
Southeastern La….. 810 133 00X – 16  21  0
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Sophomore Paul Goldschmidt who came into the series with a .462 batting average in league play, went 7 for 12 to increase his average.  He also hit his 12 home run of the season and 6th in conference play where he was tied for the league best.   He also had 3 runs and 3 RBI’s in the series.  Elliot Babcock also had a great series at the plate going 8 for 12, scoring 3 runs and knocking in 5 more.

The Bobcats will be back in action Tuesday night at Bobcat Field. They will host Texas-Pan American for two games.

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