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May 17th, 2010
Bobcats drop two of three, fall into league tie

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After losing two of three at Nicholls State during the weekend, the Texas State baseball team now is tied for the Southland Conference lead with one weekend left in the regular season. Texas State sports information photo.

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The Texas State baseball team lost its 1 1/2 game lead in the Southland Conference during the weekend, losing two of three at Nicholls State.

It was only the second Southland Conference series the Bobcats have lost this season. They also lost two of three April 16-18 at Southeastern Louisiana, with whom they are now tied for the leagure lead with one weekend left in the league season.

The Bobcats will play three games, Thursday through Sunday, at home against Texas-Arlington (UTA) to close out the league season. Southeastern Louisiana will play three games at Northwestern State on the same days.

The Bobcats and Southeastern Louisiana both are 21-9 in the league. Northwestern State is right behind them at 19-10. Stephen F. Austin (SFA) , which lost three games at home during the weekend against Southeastern Louisiana, is barely alive at 18-11. UTA is 18-12.

If the Bobcats and Southeastern Louisiana finish tied on top of the league, Southeastern Louisiana owns the tiebreaker for the top seed in the Southland Conference Tournament for winning their head-to-head series.

The Bobcats lost the rubber game at Nicholls State, 6-2, Sunday, as shortstop Jason Martinson made five fielding errors. Nicholls starter Tyler Minto went the distance for the win, improving to 5-3.

It was the first time Texas State dropped a series at Nicholls State since 2002.

The Bobcats won the series opener, 5-0, last Friday night as starting pitcher Carson Smith pitched a brilliant four-hit shutout. Smith struck out seven and walked one, facing only three batters more than the minimum. The win raised Smith’s record to 8-3. Kyle Kubitza lad the offense, going three-for-four with two RBI.

However, Nicholls won the middle game Saturday, 7-3, breaking a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning with four runs against four Texas State pitchers. Texas State starter Michael Russo lasted until one out in the seventh inning, allowing two earned runs before he was pulled after issuing a walk.

The Bobcats are 31-19 overall. They will play at home Tuesday night against Prairie View A&M (6:30 p.m.).

The Southland Conference Tournament will be played next weekend in Corpus Christi. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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