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May 3rd, 2010
Bobcats sweep UTSA, hold league baseball lead

STAFF REPORT

Despite a three-game sweep during the weekend against Texas-San Antonio, the Texas State baseball team’s lead in the Southland Conference remains tenuous with nine games left in the league season.

The Bobcats, 18-6 in the league, are 1 1/2 games ahead of Stephen F. Austin (16-7), two games in front of Texas-Arlington (16-8), 2 1/2 games up on Northwestern State (15-8), three games ahead of Southeastern Louisiana (15-9) and four in front of McNeese State (14-10).

Texas State is on the road for the next two weekends in the conference. They go to McNeese State this weekend and Nicholls State next weekend before closing out their regular season at home against Texas-Arlington (UTA) the weekend of May 20-22.

The Bobcats needed a variety of ways to win in their sweep against Texas-San Antonio (UTSA). The easiest was the first game, played last Friday night at Bobcat Field, where the Bobcats tacked up a 1–0 run-rule win in seven innings. Jeff McVaney and Kyle Livingstone each homered, while McVaney, Livingstone, Laurn Randell and Jason Martinson each had two RBI. Carson Smith pitched a two-hitter while striking out seven in his seven innings, raising his record to 6-3.

The series returned to Bobcat Field for the Saturday game, a 6-5 Texas State victory. The Bobcats scored the winning run with two out in the bottom of the ninth, when McVaney singled in Atwood from second base. Garret Carruth retired both hitters he faced in the ninth inning for the win, improving his record to 4-2.

Finishing the series, the two teams moved to San Antonio, where the Bobcats registered an 11-10 win. Texas State scored three times in the seventh inning, including a two-run homer by Andrew Stumph for an 11-8 lead. Smith pitched a shutout ninth inning for his third save of the season.

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