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April 22nd, 2010
Pitts, Kubitza lead Bobcats to big win over Baylor

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Making his first career start, sophomore right hander Mitchell Pitts stymied Baylor Wednesday night, allowing only four hits and a run in seven innings as Texas State downed Baylor, 9-3, at Bobcat Field. Texas State sports information photo.

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State bats hammered Baylor in the first inning Wednesday night and sophomore right hander Mitchell Pitts took it from there, leading the Bobcats to a 9-3 win against Baylor at Bobcat Field.

The win figures to go some way towards giving the Bobcats credibility with the NCAA Tournament selection committee, in case they don’t take the Southland Conference’s automatic berth by winning the league tournament.

The Bobcats now are 22-13 overall. In their games against Texas schools from larger conferences, they are 6-7, with wins against Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. That mark also includes two one-run losses to Texas. The Bobcats will play Texas Christian at home on May 12.

Pitts pitched seven innings in his first career start, allowing one run on four hits while striking out seven Baylor batters. In five of his seven innings, Pitts closed down the Bears in order.

Kyle Kubitza led the way offensively for Texas State, going three-for-four with two homers and three RBI. Kubitza is up to seven home runs for the season.

Texas State scored five times in the first inning, led by Kyle Livingstone’s bases-loaded double to drive in three runs.

Kubitza’s two-run homer in the third inning improved the Texas State lead to 7-1. Texas State added a single run in the fourth inning on Jason Martinson’s sacrifice fly and in the seventh inning on Kubitza’s solo home run.

In his two years with the Bobcats, Pitts had made 22 appearances, all in relief. Pitts tacked up a 9.69 ERA in 13 innings last year as a freshman. With his performance Wednesday night, Pitts dropped his ERA for this season to 4.58 in 19 2/3 innings while raising his record to 3-0.

The Bobcats continue this weekend with a big series in the Southland Conference against Northwestern State at Bobcat Field. The Bobcats lead the league at 13-5, followed by Northwestern State at 12-5.

The series will open with a 6:30 p.m. game Friday, followed by start times of 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

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