In Texas State’s potent lineup, Ben Theriot usually shows up at or near the bottom of the order. After all, he has “only” a .394 on-base percentage, and seven regulars on the team are doing better. And he has “only” a .343 batting average, and five regulars were doing better.
So, Theriot really isn’t an unlikely offensive hero, except on this team.
Theriot drove in the game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning, then hit a two-run homer in the 11th, leading the Bobcats to an 11-9 win against Nicholls State Friday night at Bobcat Field.
The win improved Texas State to 35-12 overall and 21-6 in the Southland Conference. Combined with Stephen F. Austin’s (SFA) 6-4 win against Southeastern Louisiana, the Bobcats’ win gives them a 3 1/2 game lead over Southeastern and Texas-Arlington, which notched a 9-4 win against Lamar Friday night. As five games remain in the regular season, the Bobcats’ magic number for clinching the Southland Conference regular season title is down to two, which is the number of games remaining in their series this weekend against last-place Nicholls State.
Down 9-8 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Bobcats rallied to tie when Jason Martinson hit a lead-off single, took second on a ground out and crossed on Theriot’s double to right field. Theriot was zero-for-three before the ninth inning.
In the bottom of the 11th, Lance Loftin led off with a single and, two outs later, Theriot homered to right field, winning the game for Texas State.
Texas State starter Kane Holbrooks, who won his first nine decisions, struggled for the second straight outing, allowing eight runs in five innings. However, the game was still tied, 8-8, through five because the Bobcats did their own damage offensively. The big blow was Loftin’s three-run homer in the fourth inning.
Only two of the runs against Holbrooks were earned, due to his own two errors and two more by Martinson at shortstop.
Tyler Brundridge pitched four innings of relief for Texas State, allowing only one unearned run. Michael Russo pitched two shutout innings of relief for the win.
The Bobcats will play Nicholls State again Saturday at Bobcat Field (2 p.m.) and complete their home season in the series finale on Sunday (1 p.m.).Email | Print