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March 12th, 2010
Bobcat baseball faces Penn State in three-game series

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The Texas State baseball team will wrap up its spring break schedule this weekend when they host Penn State in a three-game series, beginning 6:30 p.m. Friday .

The Bobcats and Nittany Lions will play Saturday at 2 p.m. and wrap the series Sunday afternoon at 11 a.m.

All three games can be heard live on 89.9 FM KTSW, and live stats will be available via Gametracker on the Texas State web-site, www.txstatebobcats.com.

Texas State (5-5, 2-1 SLC) is coming off a 4-3 hard luck loss to third-ranked Texas on Tuesday. The Bobcats broke open a pitcher’s duel in the top of the fourth to take a 2-0 lead, and pushed the margin to 3-1 in the top of the eighth, but the Longhorns timely hitting in the bottom of the frame forged a comeback to ward off the upset.

The Bobcats are coming around at the plate, batting .252 as a team. Andrew Stumph remains at the top of the team’s hitting statistics with a .393 average. Kyle Livinstone is batting .279 at the plate, but slugging for .535 with a team-best 10 RBI on the season.

The Nittany Lions (4-5) are closing out a trio of Texas stops with the weekend series. PSU went 2-2 at the YMBL Cardinal Classic last week hosted by Lamar, beating McNeese State and Dallas Baptist, but falling in a pair of games to the Cardinals. The team then traveled to College Station Wednesday to face Texas A&M and the Aggies blanked the foe in a 7-0 decision.

Joey DeBernardis leads the team with a .316 batting average, while Ben Heath has collected a team-high nine RBI with four homeruns, batting .286 to date.

Taking the mound Friday night are right-handers Michael Russo (1-0, 2.29) and Ryan Ignas (1-0, 2.81), followed by Brian Borski (1-2, 6.75) and Neal Herring (1-0, 3.46) on Saturday. Southpaw Lee Colon (2-1, 4.26) will close out the series against right-handed pitcher Steven Hill (1-1, 2.13) on Sunday.

Overall, this will mark the third meeting between Texas State and Penn State, with the Bobcats taking both prior meetings. The two last met March 12, 2004 in a 5-2 Bobcat victory.

— FROM TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION/RICK POULTER

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