The Southland Conference baseball season has come to a crucial juncture with six weeks left.
After the Texas State Bobcats’ 11-4 loss at Central Arkansas Sunday afternoon, the Bobcats are tied for first place with Southeastern Louisiana. Each is 10-5 in the league. Both teams are 19-10 overall.
The two teams will play this coming weekend in a three-game series at Bobcat Field. Friday night, the teams will play at 6:30 p.m., then they will play again Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
But the race is tighter than that. Lamar, Sam Houston State and Texas-Arlington all are one game back at 9-6 in the league, while Northwestern State is 1 1/2 back at 8-6 and Texas-San Antonio is two down at 8-7.
The conference season is about at its halfway point. Most teams have played 15 of their 33 league games.
The Bobcats followed their heartening win at Baylor last Wednesday by winning two of three at Central Arkansas during the weekend. The Bobcats missed their chance for the sweep with Central Arkansas’ win on Sunday.
The Bears scored eight runs in the sixth against Texas State pitchers Brian Borski and Tyler Brundridge Sunday to put the game away. Spenser Dennis led the Texas State offense by going two-for-four with two RBI.
Texas State started the series Friday with a 5-2 win as Kane Holbrooks ran his record to 6-0 with another strong outing. Holbrooks allowed one run in seven innings.
Kyle Livingston led the Texas State hit brigade with two hits and two RBI, while Jason Martinson hit his second home run of the season. The Bobcats scored three times in the first inning, two of those runs crossing on Livingstone’s double.
In the middle game on Saturday, the two lineups clobbered each other’s pitching staffs before the Bobcats scored a run in the tenth for a 12-11 win. Texas State scored the winning run when Paul Goldschmidt hit into a fielder’s choice to knock in Tyler Sibley from third base.
Goldschmidt put up a monster performance for the Bobcats, going three for six with six RBI and two homers, bringing himself up to nine bombs this season.
Texas State will play Houston Baptist Tuesday night (6:30 p.m.) at Bobcat Field before taking up the important series against Southeastern Louisiana.