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March 22nd, 2009
Texas State takes baseball rubber game

STAFF REPORT

Brian Borski turned in a strong performance on the pitcher’s mound Sunday, enabling the Texas State Bobcats to take the rubber game in a three-game series at Lamar by a 4-1 count.

Russo pitched eight innings and allowed seven hits, improving his record to 4-0.

The Bobcats are 12-8 overall and 6-3 in the Southland Conference after taking two of three at Lamar. The Cardinals are 16-7 and 5-4.

Texas State took a 1-0 lead in the second inning Sunday when Jason Martinson doubled in Ben Theriot. The Bobcats tacked on two more runs in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Keith Prestridge and Spenser Dennis’s RBI single. One more Texas State run scored in the ninth as Tyler Sibley crossed from third base while Prestridge reached on an infield throwing error.

Texas State won Saturday by scoring three times in the ninth for a 4-2 decision. Dennis drove in the first run with a double, Sibley drove in the next with a single and Paul Goldschmidt knocked in the final run with a single.

Lance Loftin, the Bobcats’ regular third baseman for the last couple years, pitched the final 3 2/3 innings in relief, allowing but one hit and no runs while striking out four. Loftin picked up his first win of the season, making him 1-0.

Prestridge led the Bobcats with three hits. Kane Holbrooks pitched the first 5 1/3 innings for Texas State, giving up two runs (one earned) while walking five and striking out five.

Lamar won the opener, 8-1, on Friday after Texas State starter Zach Tritz lost control of the game in the fourth inning. With one ouf and a runner on first, Tritz walked the next two hitters to load the bases. One out later, Ryan Saldivar doubled the bases clear to give Lamar a 4-1 lead. Two more Lamar runs would score in the inning.

The Bobcats managed only five hits in seven innings against Lamar starter Ryan Testa, who improved to 2-1. Tritz fell to 3-2.

The Bobcats are back home for five games this week. Prairie View A&M comes in Tuesday (6:30 p.m.), followed by Texas Tech Wednesday (6:30 p.m.). Texas State then returns to Southland play during the weekend with three against Stephen F. Austin. As always, the Friday game will begin at 6:30 p.m. the Saturday game starts at 2 p.m. and  the Sunday game starts at 1 p.m.

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