The Texas State baseball team will make the short trip to Waco tonight to face No. 7 Baylor for the second time this season.
The Bobcats met the Bears just two weeks ago, losing a 22-17 slug fest at Bobcat Field. First pitch against Baylor is set for 6:30 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark.
A radio broadcast for the game will be available at 89.9 KTSW FM and live stats will be available through GameTracker at www.txstatebobcats.com or www.baylorbears.com.
Texas State is 16-9 overall and 8-4 in Southland Conference action, coming off a 4-1 week at home. The team opened its homestand with a record-setting 33-3 victory over Prairie View A&M before taking a 10-4 win over Texas Tech in midweek action. Texas State closed out the full slate taking 2-of-3 from Stephen F. Austin in a league series last weekend and is now in a three-way tie for first in the Southland Conference standings.
The Bobcats won the opener against Stephen F. Austin, 7-4, last Friday as Kane Holbrooks allowed three earned runs in eight innings and ran his record to 5-0. Spenser Dennis had three hits and Kyle Kubitza drove in two runs for the Bobcats. The next day, the Bobcats won, 10-0, in a seven-inning run-rule decision. Kyle Livingstone and Paul Goldschmidt each drove in three runs while Zach Tritz pitched seven shutout innings for the win. However, SFA scored four times in the sixth inning of the final game on Sunday for a 7-4 victory.
Baylor sports a 17-6 overall mark and a 5-4 record in the Big 12, coming off a 3-1 week. The Bears opened with an impressive 15-4 win over No. 22 TCU before taking two games of a weekend league series against Kansas State.
Matt Steiner is slated to make his third start Tuesday night for Texas State. In the freshman’s last outing on the mound against Tech, he tossed five innings and surrendered just four hits and one earned run. Against the Bears, Steiner worked 1.2 innings and allowed five hits and five runs, with two being earned.
Trent Blank is slated to take the mound for Baylor. Blank will make his second start and ninth appearance this season. The right-hander gave up four hits and two runs in 1.2 innings against Texas State two weeks ago.
Baylor remains ahead in the all-time series meetings 38-13. Last year in Waco, Texas State held a 2-0 lead for two innings until Baylor posted a five-run fifth for a 7-2 win.