A five-run eighth inning pushed the Texas State baseball team to a dramatic 8-7 win against Lamar Friday night at Bobcat Field.
After Lamar battered Texas State starter Carson Smith for four runs in the fifth inning and two more in the seventh, the Bobcats rebounded in the eighth against four Lamar pitchers.
The win improved Texas State to 12-8 overall and 5-2 in the Southland Conference, while Lamar fell to 15-7 and 2-5.
Down 7-3 going to the bottom of the eighth, Texas State began to rally with Kyle Livingstone’s one-out homer with no one on. Kyle Kubitza singled to right, then Jason Martinson tripled to right, bringing the Bobcats to within 7-5. After Shaun Garcia struck out, Jeff McVaney drove in Martinson with a hard single to left field.
“After we struck out with a runner on third to get two outs, Jeff McVaney got that big hit,” Texas State head coach Ty Harrington said. “That really made us feel like we were going to keep it going … How good of a hitter (McVaney) is, I don’t know. As far as the ball coming off the bat, the ball comes off his bat as well as anyone we’ve had here.”
After Andrew Stumph singled McVaney to second, Laurn Randell singled to drive in McVaney and move pinch runner Colton Burnett to third. With the game now tied, 7-7, Lamar reliever Taylor McInnis threw a wild pitch that allowed Burnett to score the winning run.
Texas State reliever Garret Carruth retired Lamar in order in the ninth inning for his second save of the season.
The Bobcats and Lamar will play again Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at Bobcat Field.Email | Print