As expected, the Texas State baseball team swept last-place Nicholls State during the weekend as it closed out the home schedule at Bobcat Field.
As a welcomed by-product, the Bobcats clinched the Southland Conference regular season title when the leading contenders, Southeastern Louisiana and Texas-Arlington (UTA) lost games during the weekend.
Texas State is 37-12 overall and 23-6 in the league. The Bobcats will have the inside track towards the NCAA Tournament by taking the top seed in the Southland Conference Tournament in two weeks.
“I cannot say enough about the effort this team put out not only today, but this entire series,” Texas State Coach Ty Harrington said. “They fought through the heat and the tough times in the game. They knew it meant something to them and dug down deep to find a way to win.”
The visiting Colonels didn’t go away quietly. It took a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth Sunday for the Bobcats to finish the job with a 7-6 win.
Down, 6-5, heading to the final frame, the Bobcats started a rally with a hard single by Tyler Sibley, followed by Bret Atwood’s sacrifice. Paul Goldschmidt then knocked in Sibley with a double, and Spenser Dennis drive in Goldschmidt’s winning run with a double.
“I wanted to make my last game at Texas State a memorable one,” Dennis said. “All I could think of when I was at the plate was that I had to get Paul (Goldschmidt) home. I have to bring him home.”
Lance Loftin led the Texas State offense with two hits and three RBI. Goldschmidt, Sibley and Dennis also finished with two hits.
Texas State starter Zach Tritz allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Michael Russo pitched 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief at the end, bringing his record up to 3-2.
The Bobcats set up their clinching with a 10-2 thumping of Nicholls State.
Sibley led the way in that game with four hits, while Goldschmidt and Kyle Kubitza each homered for the Bobcats. Kubitza’s three-run bomb in the first inning keyed a six-run frame that gave Texas State an insurmountable lead.
The pitching of Texas State starter Brian Borski made that lead insurmountable. Borski allowed only one earned run and seven hits in his eight-inning stint.
The Bobcats will play Tuesday night at No. 16 Texas A&M (6:35 p.m.). The Bobcats will conclude their regular season this weekend with a three-game series at Texas-Arlington.Email | Print