The way the Texas State baseball team can hit, you knew they would have a lot of knocks stored up after the first two days of a series at Northwestern State during the weekend were rained out.
When the Bobcats finally played a double header against Northwestern State Sunday, they just couldn’t get hitting out of their system. The Bobcate knocked out two wins Sunday by scored of 15-3 and 15-10.
The Bobcats, who lead the Southland Conference, have won eight straight, 11 of their last 12 and 17 of their last 19 games.
Tireless hitting, combined with another fabulous outing by pitching ace Kane Holbrooks, gave the Bobcats a run-rule decision in the first game. Holbrooks allowed only six hits in seven innings and improved his mark this year to 8-0. Meanwhile, his hitters mashed 18 hits, including six doubles and two homers.
Freshman outfielder Tyler Sibley hit two homers, going four-for-five with three runs and four RBI. Keith Prestridge also homered for Texas State, as did Paul Goldschmidt, who leads the Southland Conference with 13.
The Bobcats didn’t pitch as well in the second game, but the hitting continued. The Bobcats totaled 19 hits, including one double and four homers.
Prestridge hit two homers in the second game, giving himself three for the day. Prestridge also drove in five runs in the second game. Bret Atwood went four-for-six in the second game, ending the double header seven-for-nine.
Texas State starter Zach Tritz struggled through 3 1/3 innings, giving up five earned runs, but the Bobcats still held a 13-5 lead going to the bottom of the eighth. Tyler Brundridge pitched 3 2/3 innings of relief for Tritz to earn the win, which raised his record to 2-1.
The wins brought Texas State up to 27-10 this year overall and 15-5 in the Southland Conference. Despite their two-game sweep against Northwestern State, however, the Bobcats actually lost ground because Sam Houston State and Texas-Arlington (UTA), the second-place teams at 14-7, each swept complete three-game series. Sam Houston swept Nicholls State and UTA swept Central Arkansas.