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May 4th, 2008
Bobcats lose baseball game, chance to gain


NACOGDOCHES – Two straight baseball losses for the Texas State Bobcats have cost them a golden opportunity to climb in the Southland Conference West standings.

The Bobcats dropped another game at Stephen F. Austin Saturday, falling behind, 8-0, before losing, 13-9. The Bobcats (24-21 overall, 14-9 SLC) remain three games behind Texas-San Antonio (33-14, 17-6) in the SLC West with seven league games remaining.

UTSA lost its second straight game Saturday to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, a 5-2 decision in Robstown. UTSA hadn’t lost back-to-back since March 20-21. But the Bobcats, by losing the first two games this weekend at SFA, lost a chance to cut their division deficit by two games.

Texas State was never in the game Saturday. The Lumberjacks took a three-run lead against Bobcat starter Steven Siers in the second inning, when Kai Kirby hit a two-run triple, then stole home. Kirby hit a two-run double in the fourth, increasing the SFA lead to 5-0, then three SFA batters homered in the fifth to make it 8-0.

Meanwhile, only Elliott Babcock managed a hit for Texas State in the first five innings.

But the Texas State bats never stay quiet for long. The Bobcats rallied with five runs in the eighth inning to come within 9-8. The Bobcats actually contributed just three singles to the rally, while SFA pitchers kicked in with two hit batsmen and two wild pitches.

In any case, the Texas State prosperity was short lived. SFA came back with four runs in its half of the eighth, with a three-run homer by Mat Whatley providing the big blow.

The Bobcats, who now have lost seven of their last eight games, will try to salvage the finale of their three-game series at SFA this afternoon, starting at 1 p.m.

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