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March 17th, 2010
Bobcat baseball runs past Red Raiders in 13-7 victory

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LUBBOCK — Bret Atwood exploded for a 5-for-6 night with four RBI and a pair of stolen bases to lead the Texas State baseball team to a stately 13-7 win over Texas Tech Tuesday night at Dan Law Field.

With the win, Texas State evens the all-time series to 6-6 with Texas Tech and improves to 9-6 on the season. The Bobcats also hand the Red Raiders their fifth-straight loss, and the Big 12 foe drops to 8-10 overall.

Tech jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of wild pitches to pose an early threat, but the Bobcat bats made up for the miscues in the next frame.

On one out, Jeff McVaney, Daniel Neumann and Tyler Sibley rapped out consecutive base hits to load the bases and Atwood launched a deep double to right center to plate the trio. On the throw into the infield, Atwood shifted to the corner and Kyle Livingstone came behind in his at-bat to plate the junior and give Texas State a 4-2 advantage.

The Red Raiders rallied in the fourth to knot the score at four apiece with a two-run home run from Kevin Whitehead, but the Bobcats had an answer for the feat, scoring three runs off three hits in the top of the fifth to take a 7-4 lead.

Texas State never trailed after the fifth inning, replying to each of Tech’s three runs with a pair of their own to close out the game on a six-run margin.

Atwood extended his hit streak to nine games, closing out the night with four singles and a double to head Texas State’s 17-hit parade. Sibley, Shaun Garcia, Jeff McVaney and Daniel Neumann all added a pair of hits in tonight’s victory.

On the mound, Texas State used six pitchers and not one of the half dozen surrendered more than two runs to Texas Tech. Mitchell Pitts was credited with his first win of the season, going 2 1/3 and allowing one run off four hits, while walking one batter.

Covey Morrow and McVaney pitched over an inning in relief and held TTU scoreless in their time on the mound.

The Bobcats next bout on the diamond will be a three-game Southland Conference series this weekend when they travel to Huntsville, Texas to face the Sam Houston State Bearkats. The last time the two rivals met was in the 2009 Championship game of the SLC Tournament when SHSU managed to take a 7-1 win over Texas State.

— FROM TEXAS STATE SPORTS INFORMATION/RICK POULTER

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