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Sac fly, Hays hero drop Bobcats


The Texas State baseball team found itself in a good one Friday, but lost it in a bad way, falling to Baylor, 3-2, in the QTI Baylor Classic in Waco.

An unearned run in the bottom of the eighth put Baylor over the top while sending the Bobcats to their first loss of the season. The Bobcats will play Western Kentucky at 5 p.m. Saturday as the Baylor Classic continues.

After Texas State reliever Carson Smith knocked out Baylor in order in the seventh inning, Baylor went off to a much more auspicious start in the eighth inning. With one out and pinch runner Lawton Langford on first base, Cal Towey walked for Baylor. Raynor Campbell then hit a playable ground ball, but Texas State third baseman Kyle Kubitza made an error and everyone was safe to load the bases. Gary Glime followed with a sacrifice fly to left field, driving in Lambert to give Baylor a 3-2 lead.

The Bobcats went down one-two-three in the ninth against Baylor closer Brooks Pinckard, the former Hays High School star. Hays Rebels fans will always remember that Pinckard, as quarterback of the 2006 Hays football team, drove the Rebels 98 yards in 43 seconds with no timeouts to the touchdown that beat third-ranked Corpus Christi Calallen, 21-20, at the Alamodome, putting the Rebels into the Region IV championship game.

Texas State now is 3-1, while Baylor is 4-1.

After Baylor scored one run on a first-inning double play, the Bobcats tied the game in the third on Kyle Kopycinski’s RBI double. The Bobcats took a 2-1 lead in the sixth, when Shaun Garcia singled in Jason Martinson from third. But Baylor tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the inning on Campbell’s single.

Michael Russo tossed the first six innings for Texas State, allowing two runs on eight hits. Russo walked one and struck out none. Baylor starter Shawn Tolleson matched Russo’s six innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five and walking two.

Baylor reliever Josh Turley claimed the win with two shutout innings. Pinckard threw only the final inning for his third save of the year. Smith took the loss for Texas State.

Garcia led the Texas State offense with two hits, while Campbell and Muncy each had two hits for Baylor.