The drama has mostly been lifted from this weekend’s baseball series between Texas State and Texas-San Antonio.
The Bobcats took a 3-0 loss to UTSA Friday at Bobcat Field, while Lamar once again survived against cellar-dwelling McNeese State with an 11-10 decision in 10 innings. The results mean Texas State (28-25 overall, 18-11 Southland Conference) can claim no better than a third seed in the SLC Tournament next weekend.
The Bobcats could even finish as low the fourth seed, if they lose Saturday’s series finale at Bobcat Field. Northwestern State (17-11 SLC) is right on their heels and would finish third with its own win and a Texas State loss Saturday.
Northwestern State lost, 6-2, to Central Arkansas Friday night, while Sam Houston State (17-12), took an 8-6 loss against Stephen F. Austin. The Bobcats and Sam Houston still could finish in a tie, but Texas State holds the tiebreaker.
Mysteriously, following a pretty good week of offense, the Bobcats didn’t succeed at the plate Friday night. UTSA pitchers Bradley Chovanec and Zach Calhoon combined to give up just five Texas State hits while walking only one batter.
Meanwhile, UTSA scored single runs in the third, sixth and ninth innings. The Roadrunners scored the only run they would need in the third, when Phillip Allen walked, took third on James Keithley’s double and crossed as Tim Palinscar reached on a fielder’s choice.
The Roadrunners added on in the sixth, when Michael Rockett led off with a home run. UTSA scored one more in the ninth when Aaron Powell led off with a single, took second on a bunt, moved to third on a fly out and crossed on a single by Zach Etheredge.
The Bobcats missed out on a good pitching performance by Zach Tritz, who fell to 9-3 after allowing two runs on four hits in five innings. They also missed out on two great scoring opportunities, and another good one.
Leading off the Texas State third, Aaron Fuller was hit by a pitch, then he took second on a sacrifice and moved to third on a wild pitch. But Fuller was stranded with one out when Thomas Field grounded out and Laurn Randell fouled out.
With two out in the Texas State fourth, Ben Theriot and Elliott Babcock both singled to put runners on the corners, but Jonathan Farrow grounded out to finish the inning.
Theriot led off the seventh with a single and moved up on Babcock’s infield out. But Spenser Dennis’ single up the middle could only move Theriot to third base and the Bobcats left him there with two fly outs.
While the Bobcats fell, Lamar won dramatically. Falling behind, 10-0, after two innings, the Cardinals forced the game into extra innings with a six-run ninth that tied the game, 10-10. Lamar scored once in the tenth to win at home, giving head coach Jim Gilligan his 1,100th career victory.
The Bobcats will close out their regular season today with a game at Bobcat Field against UTSA, with the first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.