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Bobcats hold baseball lead

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State baseball team won the final two games of their three-game series during the weekend in San Antonio, hanging onto their Southland Conference lead with two weekends left in the season.

The Bobcats went through a brief slump last week, losing 12-2 at Texas before losing at home to Texas-San Antonio, 15-6, last Friday night. But when the IH-35 series moved down to San Antonio Saturday and Sunday, the Bobcats won both those games against Texas-San Antonio (UTSA), 11-4 on Saturday and 5-3 in 11 innings on Sunday.

With those victories, the Bobcats are 33-12 overall and, more important, 20-6 in the Southland Conference. Southeastern Louisiana, which the Bobcats swept in April, has since then won seven straight games in the league and climbed back into second place at 31-17 overall and 18-9 in the league. Texas-Arlington remains in contention at 26-21 overall and 17-10 in the league. The Bobcats finish the regular season in Arlington May 14-16.

Sunday’s game sat in a 3-3 tie from the end of the fifth inning through the ninth. The Bobcats won it in the 11th, when Keith Prestridge hit a one-out single to knock in Kyle Kubitza from third base with one out. Tyler Sibley later scored on a wild pitch.

Michael Russo earned the win with 3 1/3 innings of two-hit shutout relief. Brian Borski gave up three runs in his 6 1/3 inning start.

The Bobcats won, 11-4, on Saturday with home runs by Paul Goldschmidt, Spenser Dennis, Jason Martinson and Kyle Livingstone. Lance Loftin went four-four-six, starting as the designated hitter and ending with four innings of one-hit shutout relief. Zach Tritz four runs in his five-inning start, improving his record to 7-2.

Friday night’s game at Bobcat Field went off uncharacteristically with UTSA scoring four in the third and five in the fourth against Texas State starter Kane Holbrooks, who fell to 9-1 in his first loss of the season. Holbrooks lasted just 3 2/3 innings, by which time UTSA took a 10-3 lead.

Texas State will play at Rice Tuesday night before closing out its home schedule May 8-10 at Bobcat Field against Nicholls State.