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February 20th, 2009
Bobcats drop baseball opener

STAFF REPORT

Texas State’s baseball season started in disappointing fashion Friday afternoon.

The Bobcats saw victory slip away in the late innings as Arkansas State scored single runs in the eighth and ninth, then plated the game winner in the tenth for a 4-3 victory. The game opened the Texas-Arlington/Hilton Invitational in Arlington.

Michael Russo pitched well for the Bobcats in his debut, allowing only one unearned run and four hits in seven innings. However, the game escaped reliever Tim Heath, who gave up three runs in fewer than three innings.

Texas State took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Bret Atwood’s triple knocked in Spencer Dennis and Kyle Kubitza.

Arkansas State touched Russo in the seventh inning when Greg Garcia single, took second on an error by left fielder Dennis and scored on Kevin DeGrace’s two-out single.

The Bobcats insured themselves with a 3-1 lead in the eighth. After Dennis reached on a fielder’s choice, he took second on a wild pitch. An out later, Atwood singled to right field, knocking in Dennis.

But Arkansas State scored in its half of the eighth when Bob Baumgartner crossed from third on a double play, then tied the game in the bottom of the ninth when John DeMoney came all the way in from second on a two-out wild pitch.

Arkansas State won the game in the bottom of the tenth. With two out, Brandon Eller doubled. Pinch runner Chandler Pace scored on DeMoney’s single.

The Bobcats will play Texas-Arlington Saturday at 3 p.m. Sunday, the Bobcats will play Arkansas State and Siena back to back, starting at 11 a.m.

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