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February 23rd, 2009
Bobcats rally for 3-1 record

STAFF REPORT

After losing their baseball opener last Friday to Arkansas State at the Texas-Arlington Hilton Invitational, the Texas State Bobcats roared back for three victories over the weekend and left the Metroplex with a 3-1 record.

The Bobcats started their winning streak with an 8-6 decision Saturday over Texas-Arlington (UTA) as Tyler Sibley went three-for-four with three RBI.

The Bobcats finished the tournament Sunday with wins of 3-2 over Arkansas State and 10-5 against Siena. Slugging Texas State first baseman Paul Goldschmidt went four-for-seven with four RBI in the Sunday games.

Laurn Randell joined Sibley with three RBI in the win against UTA. Zach Tritz (1-0) pitched six innings in his first start of the year for Texas State, giving up only two runs while striking out seven.

Sibley doubled in the second to knock in two runs and give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead against UTA. Sibley drove in another run with a single in the seventh, giving Texas State a 6-2 lead.

Kane Holbrooks (1-0) pitched a strong game for Texas State in the win against Arkansas State, finishing eight innings and allowing but five hits and two runs. Tyler Brundridge set down Arkansas State in order in the ninth for his first save of the year.

After Arkansas State took a 2-0 lead in the fifth, the Bobcats scored single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings for the 3-2 win. Sibley drive in the tying run in the seventh with a sacrifice fly, then knocked in the winning run in the eighth with a single.

The second, third and fourth hitters in the Texas State order feasted in the win against Siena, as Bret Atwood, Goldschmidt and Lance Loftin combined to go 10-for-14 with eight runs and five RBI. The Bobcats scored eight runs in the first three innings for an 8-0 lead, then cruised to the finish.

Bobcats starter Brian Borski (1-0), pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out seven.

The Bobcats go to Texas Christian University Wednesday (6:30 p.m.) before starting their Southland Conference schedule at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi next weekend.

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