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May 23rd, 2009
Bobcats advance to title game

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State baseball team may have earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament by now, but the Bobcats have a chance to absolutely clinch a berth Saturday at 6 p.m., when they play in the Southland Conference Tournament championship game against Sam Houston State at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi.

The Bobcats administered their third straight thumping of a hapless for in the tournament Friday night, crushing Lamar, 13-2, in a game called by run-rule in the eighth inning.

The Bobcats are 3-0 in the tournament, vanquishing all comers by a combined score of 32-5.

Texas State center fielder Bret Atwood finished the job Friday with a three-run homer to end the game in the eighth inning. By then, the Bobcats already had the game in hand. For the second straight night, Lamar errors allowed the Bobcats to run up the score playing little ball.

A six-run outpouring by Texas State in the second inning resulted from a walk, an error, three singles and, finally, a double by Kyle Kubitza. At that point, Texas State held a 7-0 lead.

Atwood led Texas State at the plate with a three-for-five performance that cashed out four RBI. Paul Goldschmidt added a two-for-five output with four RBI.

Texas State pitcher Zach Tritz allowed two earned runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings, raising his record to 8-2.

The Bobcats now are 41-14. Saturday night’s game will be televised on the Southland Conference Television Network.

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