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Bobcats split two at Sam Houston State


Going to a double header Sunday at Sam Houston State, the Texas State baseball team needed at least one good pitching start. But the Bobcats didn’t get one, and wound up splitting the double header.

The Bobcats won the opener, 9-8, then lost the second game, 10-8. Texas State now is 11-7 overall and 4-2 in the Southland Conference, one game behind first-place Southeastern Louisiana, which is 18-2 and 5-1. Stephen F. Austin holds second place in the league at 4-1 (13-5 overall). Sam Houston State is 3-3 in the league and 6-13 overall.

Jason Martinson hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to push Texas State over the top in the opener, finishing off a four-for-give game. Martinson ended the double header with four RBI.

The Bobcats held a 7-3 lead before Sam Houston pounced on Texas State starter Michael Russo for five runs to take the lead. Texas State relievers Covey Morrow and Garret Carruth combined to shut out Sam Houston for 3 2/3 innings from the bullpen to give the Bobcats a chance to win in the end.

In his most trying start of the season, Russo gave up 11 hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs (six earned).

The second game went little better for Texas State from the mound as starter Lee Colon gave up six runs on six hits and three walks in six innings. This time, though, the bullpen was not as helpful, with four relievers combining to allow four runs, all earned, in three innings.

Martinson, Kyle Livingstone and Bret Atwood each drove in two runs, but the Bobcats couldn’t keep up with Sam Houston State.

The Bobcats will play at Texas Christian Tuesday night before returning home to play three games in the Southland Conference this weekend against Lamar at Bobcat Field. The Cardinals are 2-4 in the league, but 15-6 overall.