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March 26th, 2009
Bobcats bash Tech in baseball

STAFF REPORT

Notching its third straight win against Texas Tech, the Texas State baseball team tacked up a 10-4 decision Wednesday night at Bobcat Field.

The Bobcats moved up to 14-8 with the win, while Texas Tech fell to 10-15.

Freshman Matt Steiner pitched five sound innings for his first career victory, while Kyle Kubitza belted his first-career home run and Adam Witek reached the all-time Texas State career stolen base record with 47 after swiping second base in the seventh inning.

The game went off to a peculiar start that set the tone for the rest of the night. After Steiner shut down Texas Tech in the first inning, the game was delayed for 30 minutes due to weather. Once the game resumed, Texas State scored five runs in the bottom of the frame for a commanding lead.

Bret Atwood hit a one-out single and, two batters later, Keith Prestridge drove him in with a single laced through the right side. A sacrifice fly from Ben Theriot scored Paul Goldschmidt, who reached on a walk, but it was Kubitza’s three-run homer that followed that crowned the frame.

Tech was held scoreless for the next two innings and answered in the top of the fourth with a single run. But Texas State tacked on two runs to close out the inning for a 7-1 edge.

Jason Martinson doubled down the left field chalk line and shifted to third on a single from Tyler Sibley. Sibley was caught stealing, but Atwood drew a walk in the next at-bat to replace him on the base paths. Goldschmidt followed with a hard-hit single to short, and Joey Kentworthy tossed a wild throw to first base that gave Martinson the chance to score. Prestridge grabbed his final RBI of the night with a sacrifice fly to plate Atwood.

Three runs sprinkled over the fifth, sixth and seventh innings supplied the Bobcats with a 10-2 lead and two runs in the top of the eighth from the Red Raiders would not be enough to hold off the rush.

Texas State will conclude its five-game homestand this weekend when it hosts Stephen F. Austin Friday, Saturday and Sunday in a Southland Conference series. First pitch Friday night is set for 6:30 p.m.

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