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May 6th, 2009
Bobcats beat No. 2 Rice

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State baseball team achieved, by some measure, its most impressive win in history Tuesday night, going on the road to bang out 13 hits in a 4-1 win at No. 2 Rice.

The Bobcats pounced on Rice starter Andrew Benak with two runs in the top of the first after two outs. The rally began when Benak hit Texas State slugger Paul Goldschmidt. Keith Prestridge doubled down the right field line to drive in Goldschmidt, then Spenser Dennis singled in Prestridge.

Texas State starter Garret Carruth and reliever Tyler Brundridge shut down the Owls on seven hits to preserve the victory, which improved the Bobcats’ record to 34-12. Rice fell to 31-12 with the loss.

Rice scored its only run in the fourth inning, when Michael Fuda led off with a double to right field and crossed on Ryan Lewis’ one-out single to centerfield. Lewis shifted to third base with two outs, but stayed there when Bobcats shortstop Jason Martinson made a diving catch on a line drive to end the inning.

Texas State tacked on two more insurance runs in the top of the fifth inning, all coming with two outs. Prestridge singled shortstop and moved to second on Dennis’ single through the left side. Ben Theriot followed with another single to the left center gap, plating Prestridge and advancing Dennis to third. Owls’ reliever Matthew Reckling walked Martinson to load the bases, then walked Kyle Livingstone to bring in the final run of the night.

Carruth (4-2) earned the win after throwing six full innings. Brundridge earned his third save of the season, facing just nine batters, retiring the side in order three times to aid the victory. Brundridge tallied three strikeouts in the decision.

Prestridge and Dennis who both went 3-for-5. Prestridge scored two runs and drove in one, while Dennis scored one and drove in another.

Texas State ends its home season with a three-game series this weekend at Bobcat Field. The series will begin Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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