Lake Charles, La. – The Texas State (27-23,17-10) baseball got some much needed wins when they swept the Cowboys from McNeese State (13-39,7-20) over the weekend at Cowboy Diamond. Coming into this series, the Bobcats were 1-9 in their last 10 games. The ‘Cats him a home run in three consecutive innings to win 8-2 on Friday night. On Saturday, Texas State hit four home runs including 2 by Thomas Field to win big 26-4 in seven innings.
Pitcher Zach Tritz earned his ninth win of the season after pitching a complete game 3-1 victory over McNeese State Sunday afternoon to complete the sweep.Laurn Randell scored on a passed ball in the 1st inning to put Texas State up 1-0 and it stayed that way until the 5th inning when Paul Goldschmidt homered to right field to bring the score to 2-0. After Spenser Dennis walked to open the 6th inning, Jason Martinson followed two batters later with a home run to center field to extend the lead to 4-0. Paul Goldschmidt opened the 7th inning by reaching on a fielding error. Lance Loftin followed him with a homer to left center. The Bobcats starting pitcher, Mike Hart shut down the Cowboy offense until the 8th inning.
McNeese State had only managed 3 hits through the first 7 innings but scored 2 runs on 2 hits in the 8th to bring the score to 6-2. Hart left after pitching 7.2 innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 5 batters. The ‘Cats added 2 more runs in the top of the 9th. Both runs were scored when Aaron Fuller singled up the middle to bring in Cody Gambill and Ben Theriot.
Taylor was the reliever who came in for the last out of the 8th and he got the Cowboys out in order in the 9th, to preserve the victory for the Bobcats. Hart picks up the win and is now 5-3 on the season. The Bobcats were led at the plate by Goldschmidt (2 for 4, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Loftin (1 for 4, 1 run, 2 RBI), Adam Witek (2 for 5), Martinson (1 for 2, 1 run, 2 RBI’s) and Fuller (1 for 1, 2 RBI’s). Fuller also got his first save of the season.
Score by Innings R H E
Texas State……… 100 012 202 – 8 10 1
McNeese State……. 000 000 020 – 2 5 1
Texas State rewrote the record books Saturday afternoon when the team pounded out an all time high 27 hits to get a 26-4 run-ruling victory. With the loss, McNeese is eliminated from post-season play. The ‘Cats scored in 6 of the 7 innings played. Thomas Field led off the game with a home run and the Bobcats scored 3 runs on 3 hits in the 1st inning. The Cowboys scored a run in the bottom of the 1st and Texas State followed with another 3 run inning in the top of the 2nd. Field hit another home run and Paul Goldschmidt hit a 2 run homer for the runs.
The game was put out of reach in the top of the 3rd when Texas State scored 8 runs on 7 hits and still left 3 runners on base to take a 14-2 lead after 3 innings. Field had a big hit in the 3rd also with a double to bring in 2 of the runs. Ben Theriot also had a 2 run single in the 3rd.
Texas State continued the hit parade in the 4th scoring 4 runs on 4 hits to take a 18-3 lead after 4 innings. Lance Loftin’s 2 run home run and Jonathan Farrow’s 2 run double highlighted the inning. The ‘Cats extended their lead to 24-3 in the 5th inning. They scored 6 more runs on 6 hits and once again, left 3 runners on base. Texas State was held scoreless in the 6th but added 2 more in the 7th to make the score 26-4. When the Cowboys failed to get within 10 points the game was called after 7 innings.
Steven Siers pitched a great game going 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits. He is now 5-2 on the season. The Bobcat offensive explosion was led by Field (4 for 6, 4 runs, 5 RBI’s), Laurn Randell (2 for 3, 5 runs, 1 RBI), Goldschmidt (2 for 6, 3 runs, 3 RBI’s), Loftin (5 for 6, 4 runs, 4 RBI’s), Theriot (3 for 5, 3 runs, 3 RBI’s), Elliott Babcock ( 4 for 6, 2 runs, 1 RBI), Aaron Fuller (3 for 5, 2 runs, 3 RBI’s), Farrow (2 for 4, 1 run, 3 RBI’s) and Jason Martinson (1 for 4, 1 run, 2 RBI’s).
Score by Innings R H E
Texas State……… 338 460 2 – 26 27 1
McNeese State……. 101 101 0 – 4 5 1
McNeese State took their first lead of the series when they scored a run in the bottom of the 1st inning to take a 1-0 lead in the third game. The Bobcats coming off of the 27 hit attack in game two were held hitless through the first 5 innings. They recorded 2 hits in the 6th but did not score but they did get on the board in the 7th. Spenser Dennis drove in Lance Loftin who had led off with a walk to tie the game.
Thomas Field was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and the Bobcats took the lead 2-1. The ‘Cats added an insurance run in the top of the 9th when Ben Theriot scored on a wild pitch after getting on with a 1 out single. Pitcher Zach Tritz pitched the complete game for the Bobcats when he got the Cowboys out in order to end the game. He gave up only 1 run on 8 hits while striking out 5 during the win. He is now 9-2 on the season. Dennis led the team from the plate by going 1 for 4, scoring a run and driving in another.
Score by Innings R H E
Texas State……… 000 000 201 – 3 4 0
McNeese State……. 100 000 000 – 1 8 3
The Bobcats will face Baylor Tuesday night at Ferrell Field for their final non-conference game. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
By MICHAEL WRIGHT