HOUSTON – Three weeks ago, the Texas State baseball team was right in the thick of the Southland Conference West division race.
Today, the Bobcats are struggling to finish the season with a winning record.
The Bobcats lost their ninth game in the last ten Tuesday, 9-1 at Rice. The loss dropped Texas State to 24-23. Rice, always a national championship contender, improved to 35-11.
Texas State gave Brian Borski his first collegiate start and he acquitted himself well enough for a career reliever, giving up two runs in four innings and leaving the game down, 2-0. But the two runs Rice plated against Borski were more than the Bobcats would score all evening.
Texas State scored its only run in the sixth, when Laurn Randell led off with a single, took second on a walk to Paul Goldschmidt, went to third on Lance Loftin’s sacrifice bunt and crossed on Elliott Babcock’s ground out. That run brought Texas State within 3-1.
Rice proceeded to add on with Jared Gayhart’s two-run homer in the seventh and Chad Mozingo’s two-run homer in the eighth. Mozingo’s homer keyed a four-run inning as the wheels completely came off for Texas State.
The Bobcats have lost the first five games of their ten-game road trip, which continues this weekend with a trip to McNeese State. The two teams will play Friday at 6:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Texas State won’t return home until May 16 for the second game of a three-game series against Texas-San Antonio.
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