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March 16th, 2009
Bobcats lose two of three to Sam Houston

STAFF REPORT

Less than one month into the season, it’s become clear that the Texas State baseball season will rise or fall on the bullpen, which continues to struggle.

The Bobcats blew a 7-1 lead Sunday at home against Sam Houston State because the bullpen gave up 13 earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. In the end, Texas State fell, 17-10 in ten innings, dropping behind Sam Houston in the Southland Conference standings.

Sam Houston scored eight runs against five Texas State relievers in the tenth inning alone to go back to Huntsville with an important series victory.

Texas State lost two of three during the weekend against the Bearkats. In Saturday’s games, the Bobcats lost the opener, 7-5, before winning the night cap, 6-3.

Texas State now is 10-6 overall and 4-2 in the Southland Conference. Sam Houston is 12-5 and 5-1.

The Texas State star for the weekend had to be Saturday’s second game starter, Kane Holbrooks, who allowed only two earned runs in 7 2/3 innings and raised his record to 4-0. Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Keith Prestridge hit a two-run single in the fifth to lead the Texas State attack.

The Bobcats lost Saturday’s opener when the bullpen couldn’t bail out starting pitcher Zach Tritz after he hit the wall in the eighth inning. Tritz left the game with two out, two runners on and a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning. Tyler Brundridge came on in relief and the first batter he faced, Sam Houston catcher Mark Wyatt, hit a three-run homer to give the Bearkats their winning 7-5 lead.

Texas State is 4-4 on its nine-game homestand, which ende Tuesday night with a game against Baylor (6:30 p.m.).

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