Andrew Stumph was a double shy of hitting for the cycle and spearheaded an 18-hit outing from the Bobcats the nearly matched the team’s past two games combined at the plate.The effort led to a 13-8 win over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders to clinch the first Southland Conference series of the season Sunday afternoon at Bobcat Field.
Texas State (5-5, 2-1 SLC) recorded a combined 20 hits in the first two games of the series, and exploded for the double-digit tally this afternoon. Stumph went 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and a single RBI that included a leadoff homer in the third to give Texas State an 8-1 edge.
The Bobcats grew the lead in the bottom of the first off seven hits for six runs and tacked on the seventh run in the second frame. Kyle Kubitza singled up the middle and an Islander balk shifted him to second base, but the stay was short. Jason Martinson followed up with an RBI double belted to right field to send the sophomore home.
Along with Stumph’s homerun in the third, Laurn Randell landed on base after being hit by a pitch. The senior used his speed to take second base, moved to third on a wild pitch and before the next pitch reached the plate, stole home for the Bobcats eighth run of the game.
“I told the team two things before we took the field,” said head coach Ty Harrington. “We need to have a better game plan and tougher at-bats. The last couple of games we’ve gone through some quick innings, so we need to change that around.”
The Bobcat kept Harrington’s pre-game speech in mind as they rattled off eight more hits for five runs to seal the game. An RBI single from Randell brought in Stumph in the bottom of the fifth, and a two-run homer from Martinson in the bottom of the sixth gave Texas State a dozen runs. Texas State’s final run of the game came in the eighth on an RBI single from Kyle Livingstone.
Martinson finished with a game-high four RBI on a 3-for-5 effort. Randell went 2-for-3 with three RBI on the day.
A&M-Corpus Christi scored a single run in the second and seventh, and put two three-run innings on the Bobcats in the sixth and ninth. Chris Vergne and Weston Montgomery collected three hits each to lead the Islanders 17-hit tally.
Lee Colon (2-1) earned his second-career win after a solid 5 1/3 stay on the mound. The junior collected six strikeouts, including back-to-back K’s to open the game, and retired the side in order in the third and fourth inning. Colon allowed eight Islander hits and four runs.
Marc Damon took the loss for A&M-Corpus Christi, going 2/3 of an innings and allowing the Bobcats seven hits and six runs.
“This was a very important series for us,” said Harrington. “When you have a chance to win the series, you have to take advantage of the opportunity and I really feel like this team did that today.”
Texas State will step back from league play this Tuesday when they travel to No. 3 Texas for a non-conference tune-up. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. The Longhorns will send right-handed pitcher Austin Dicharry to the mound. The Bobcats starter will be announced Monday.
— FROM TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION/RICK POULTEREmail | Print