COLLEGE STATION – The Texas State (23-15) baseball team scored 7 runs in the 8th inning but it was not enough as they fell to the eighth ranked Aggies from Texas A&M (34-7), 14-11 Tuesday night at Olsen Field in College Station. Texas State is 0-5 against ranked opponents this season. They have lost earlier games to #18 Houston and #12 Texas The `Cats are 1-3 against the Big XII, after taking a 14-3 victory against Texas Tech in March. Texas State and Texas A&M have now met 46 times since 1987 and the Aggies hold the all time series lead 35-11.The Bobcats started off the game going down in order in the top of the 1st inning. Zack Boles was the starting pitcher. He gave up 2 runs on 3 hits to the Aggies in the bottom of the 1st. Texas State once again went down in order in the top of the 2nd. Texas A&M put up 4 more runs in their half of the 2nd to make the score 6-0. Texas State narrowed the gap in the top of the 3rd when they scored 4 runs on 3 hits. Adam Witek led off the inning getting on base on a fielding error. Jonathan Farrow followed him with a single and after a strike out and ground out the runners were on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs. Elliot Babcock (batting .432 with runners in scoring position, 15 RBI’s with 2 outs) hit a double to right center to bring in Witek and Farrow. Paul Goldschmidt then followed with his 13th home run of the season to make the score 6-4. The Aggies finally went down quietly in the bottom of the 3rd when they went 3 up and 3 down.
Texas State went down in order for the 3rd time in the game in the top of the 4th. Four Aggie runs in the 3rd chase Boles. He pitched 3.1 innings, giving up 11 runs on 12 hits. Tyler Brundridge came in as the reliever. He gave up 2 more runs before ending the inning. The Aggies got 6 runs on 7 hits to make the score 12-4. The Bobcats got a 2 out single from Thomas Field but the next batter flied out to end their 5th inning. Brundridge got out of the Aggie 5th only giving up 1 hit. Laurn Randell made it to 3rd base in the top of the 6th but a ground out ended the inning. In the bottom of the 6th, the Aggies put up 2 more runs on 3 hits to bring the score to 14-4.
A fly out and 2 strikeouts ended the 7th for the Bobcats while the Aggies managed a hit but the last batter hit into a double play to take the game into the 8th. Texas State made it very interesting in the 8th. Field opened the inning by reaching on a fielding error. Babcock was then hit by a pitch to put runners at 1st and 2nd with no outs. Goldschmidt reached base when the Aggie outfielder dropped a fly ball which scored Field. Randell then doubled to score Babcock and Goldschmidt. Lance Loftin scored on a wild pitch for the 4th run of the inning. Spenser Dennis followed with a single to score Randell. Aaron Fuller hit a pinch hit sacrifice fly to bring in Dennis. Jason Martinson then followed with a single to plate Witek. The Aggies brought in a reliever to try and end the Bobcats big inning. They were successful by striking out the next batter for the 2nd out in the inning. Babcock walked to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs trailing 14-11. This brought up who just might be the Bobcats most dangerous batter, Paul Goldschmidt. Texas A&M brought in a reliever who has 46 strikeouts in 42.1 innings this year and he got Goldschmidt to foul out to end the inning. The score remained at 14-11 when the Aggies were held scoreless in the bottom of the 8th. Texas State got a runner on in the 9th but a double play and a pop out ended the game.
Texas State was out hit in the game by a 20-8 margin and they committed 2 errors while the Aggies committed 4. Boles took the loss and is now 1-4 on the year. Babcock (1 for 3, 2 runs, 2 RBI’s, double), Goldschmidt (1 for 4, 2 runs, 3 RBI’s, Home Run), Randell (2 for 5, 1 run, 2 RBI’s, double) and Dennis (1 for 2, 1 run, 1 RBI) led the team at the plate.
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Texas State 004 000 070 – 11 8 2
Texas A&M 240 602 00X – 14 20 4
By MICHAEL WRIGHT