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April 5th, 2010
Bobcats take Southland baseball lead

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The Texas State baseball team now holds first place in the Southland Conference. Texas State sports information photo.

STAFF REPORT

Though the Texas State baseball team couldn’t sweep it’s three-game series at Stephen F. Austin (SFA) during the weekend, the Bobcats still came out of the weekend all alone on top of the Southland Conference.

While the Bobcats were winning two of three against a contender, Southeastern Louisiana lost two of three against Lamar, tightening up the league race with Texas State in the cat bird’s seat.

Texas State is 9-3 in the conference, followed by Southeastern Louisiana and McNeese State (both 8-4), then Northwestern State and SFA (both 7-4), then Texas-Arlington (7-5).

After their 4-2 win in the opener at SFA last Friday, the Bobcats were in two one-run games Saturday, taking a 3-2 win in the first and an 8-7 loss in the second.

In Saturday’s opener, SFA scored twice against Texas State starter Michael Russo in the first inning, but Russo shut down the Lumberjacks for the next five innings and four Bobcat relievers combined for three shutout innings to close out the game.

Meanwhile, the Texas State offense tacked up single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Bret Atwood, Kyle Livingstone and Jeff McVaney drove in runs for Texas State. McVaney and Laurn Randell each had two hits.

Fielding Pittman retired two hitters in the seventh for the win, improving to 2-0. Garret Carruth retired one batter in the ninth for his fifth save. Between Pittman and Carruth, McVaney pitched 1 2/3 shutout relief innings.

SFA won the nightcap, scoring in five of its eight at-bats. Texas State starter Lee Colon had an uncharacteristically rough outing, allowing five runs in four innings.

The Bobcats had a chance to tie it in the ninth. Down, 8-6, to start the ninth, the Bobcats scored on a single by Livingstone and a double by Kyle Kubitza, who drove in Livingstone with one out. But Kubitza was stranded on second when McVaney struck out and Kopycinski grounded out.

Kubitza ended the game four-for-five with three RBI. Randell, Livingstone, McVaney, Andrew Stumph and Clint Vest all had two hits.

The Bobcats will play at Baylor Tuesday, then play a three-game series at home against Central Arkansas during the weekend.

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