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May 22nd, 2009
Bobcats advance with late-night win

STAFF REPORT 

The Texas State baseball team put in a late night Friday, but it was easy and productive.

The Bobcats crushed Lamar, 10-1, in the semifinal game in their bracket, advancing to 2-0 in the Southland Conference Tournament at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi.

The victory improves the Bobcats to 40-14, setting a new record for wins in a season. The previous record was 39 wins in 1987.

The Bobcats will play Friday at 7 p.m. against the winner of a noon game between Lamar and Texas-Arlington (UTA). With two more wins in the tournament, the Bobcats would win the Southland Conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Because tournament games ran long Thursday, the Bobcats’ scheduled 7 p.m. first pitch against Lamar didn’t occur until 9:11 p.m. Then, the Bobcats started raking, Lamar started throwing kicking the ball, and the game didn’t end until 12:14 a.m.

“The game before ours ran long, but it was not a distraction,” Texas State coach Ty Harrington said. “It’s only a distraction if you let it be, so our guys looked at it as entertainment.”

The Bobcats set the tone and, basically, put the game away with six runs in the third inning. After Jason Martinson started the inning with a walk and Tyler Sibley reached on an error, the Bobcats nickeled and dimed their way through the inning with two more walks, a sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly, two singles and a two-run double by Kyle Livingstone, which was the big blow of the inning.

Texas State continued to capitalize on Lamar errors, scoring their next four runs without RBI hits. In the fifth, the Bobcats scored on a sacrifice fly. In the seventh, they scored on a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch. In the eighth, Paul Goldschmidt drove in a runner from third with a ground ball.

Of the ten Texas State runs, only three were earned.

Texas State starter Brian Borski threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits despite walking six. Tyler Brundridge pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing only one hit.

The Bobcats collected ten hits, led by a three-for-five performance by Spenser Dennis. Livingstone drive in three runs, while Ben Theriot went two-for-two with two RBI.

If the Bobcats win their game Friday night, they will advance to the tournament championship game Saturday at 6 p.m. If they lose Friday night, they will play a rematch of the Friday night game Saturday at 1 p.m., with the winner of that contest going to the league championship game.

In the opposite bracket, Sam Houston State is in the only remaining team in the winner’s bracket after an 8-6 win Thursday against Texas-San Antonio (UTSA). Sam Houston will play later today against the winner of a game between UTSA and Southeastern Louisiana.

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