Garret Carruth bailed out the Texas State Bobcats in the eighth inning at Stephen F. Austin Thursday. Texas State sports information photo.
Garret Carruth turned up a clutch eighth-inning relief performance to bail out starter Carson Smith and help the Texas State baseball team to a 4-2 win at Stephen F. Austin (SFA) in the first game of a key Southland Conference series.
Carruth entered with no one out and the bases loaded in the eighth after Smith allowed hit a batter and allowed two singles. Carruth immediately diffused the situation by fielding a come-backer from SFA’s Michael Haynes and throwing home to force out the lead runner. When the next two batters fouled out and grounded out, the Bobcats were out of the inning without any SFA runs crossing.
The victory was Texas State’s fifth in a row and 11th in its last 13 games. Texas State now is 16-8 overall and leading the Southland Conference at 8-2. SFA dropped to 6-3 in the league.
Smith scattered 12 hits in seven innings, with SFA failing to put up a crooked number in any inning. Smith walked one and struck out five as he upped his record to 3-2. Carruth handled the last two shutout innings for his fourth save.
The Bobcats never trailed in the game, scoring single runs in each of the first three innings. Jason Martinson drive in a run in the first inning with a single to knock in Tyler Sibley, Jeff McVaney hit a solo homer in the second and Kyle Livingstone drove in Bret Atwood from third base in the third inning with an infield out.
SFA scored a run in the sixth to come within 3-2, but the Bobcats answered with a run in the seventh. Sibley walked, stole second and stole third, scoring on a throwing error by the SFA pitcher on the play at third base.
McVaney and Clint Vest each finished with two hits for the Bobcats. Texas State and SFA will finish the series with single games on Friday and Saturday.Email | Print