SAN MARCOS – Texas State and Baylor played a baseball game Wednesday night where there were 38 runs scored on 41 hits. With a score that looked more like a football score, the Bobcats fell to the Bears 25-13 in 8 innings. Baylor now holds the all time series lead 38-13.Kane Holbrooks was the starting pitcher for the Bobcats and he put the Bears down in order in the top of the 1st inning. In the bottom of the 1st, Elliot Babcock got on base with a single but the next batter hit into a double play to end the inning. Holbrooks gave up a leadoff single in the 2nd but got a ground out for the first out and then struck out the next 2 batters to end the Baylor 2nd. Lance Loftin (hitting .514 when leading off an inning) started the Bobcat 2nd off with a single, advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch and then went to 3rd on a Laurn Randell single. Adam Witek made the 2nd out of the inning 2 batters later with a sacrifice bunt that scored Loftin. Ben Theriot (batting .346 with runners in scoring position) followed with a single to bring in Randell for the 2nd run of the inning. A Baylor error put the next batter on to put runners at the corners with 2 outs. Thomas Field then followed with his 6th home run of the season with a blast to centerfield to bring in Theriot and Cody Gambill. The next batter flied out to end the 2nd inning with Texas State holding a 5-0 lead. Baylor didn’t like being behind so that came up with 4 runs on 6 hits in the top of the 3rd to bring the score to 5-4. Paul Goldschmidt (batting .553 when leading off an inning) started the bottom of the 3rd inning with his 14th home run of the year. Loftin came up next and doubled down the left field line and he then advanced to 3rd on Randell’s single. The next Bobcat batter hit into a double play but Loftin was able to score. The inning ended with the Bobcats ahead 7-4.
Baylor had another big inning in the 4th putting up 5 runs on 4 hits to make the score 9-7 with the Bears ahead. Holbrooks was done for the day going 3.1 innings, giving up 9 runs on 11 hits. The ‘Cats tied the game at 9 in the bottom of the fourth. Field homered to left center for his 2nd home run of the game and his 7th of the season. A few batters later Goldschmidt hit his 2nd home run of the game for his 15th home run of the season. Baylor put up 3 more runs in the top of the 5th to make the score 12-9. The Bobcats got 2 hits from Jonathan Farrow and Witek and got a walk to load the bases but could not bring in a run. Pitcher Brian Borski was done for the night ending the 5th inning, going 1.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 1 hit. The Bears got another 3 runs on 4 hits in the top of the 6th to make the score 15-9. Texas State got 2 more hits from Randell and Farrow but both were stranded when the inning ended. Pitcher Brandon Gaviglio pitched 1 inning giving up 3 runs on 4 hits.
Aaron Taylor took over the Bobcat pitching duties in the 7th and he finished his work for the night pitching the 7th giving up 2 runs on 2 hits. In the bottom of the 7th, 2 walks and fielding error loaded the bases for the Bobcats. Goldschmidt then drew a walk to bring in Gambill. Loftin followed him with a bases loaded triple to score Field, Babcock and Goldschmidt. The next two batters struck out and grounded out to end the inning with the Bears still leading 17-13. Eric Weaver came in to pitch the 8th but gave up 4 runs on 3 hits without getting any outs. Loftin finished out the inning at pitcher giving up 4 more runs on 2 hits. The Bobcats got runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs when Witek led off with a single and Jason Martinson doubled. The next 3 batters grounded out, grounded out and fouled out to strand them to end the inning with Baylor leading 25-13.
The Bobcats were led offensively by Field (2 for 5, 3 runs, 4 RBI’s, 2 Home Runs), Goldschmidt (2 for 4, 3 runs, 3 RBI’s, 2 Home Runs), Loftin (3 for 5, 2 runs, 3 RBI’s), Randell (3 for 5, 1 run), Witek (3 for 4, 1 RBI) and Farrow (2 for 5, 1 RBI).
Score by Innings R H E
Baylor………….. 004 533 28- 25 23 3
Texas State……… 052 200 40- 13 18 1
By MICHAEL WRIGHT