Prairie View A&M gave Texas State a scare for seven innings until a 10-run eighth broke open the game leading to 16-6 run-rule victory over the Panthers Tuesday night at Bobcat Field.
Texas State (32-19) has now won 27-straight games against Prairie View (12-35).
Panther starter Anthony Neves gave the Bobcats an early lead after allowing a pair of runs on two hits in the bottom of the first. The right-hander continued to struggle in the second and tossed a pair of walks and two at-bats later, Kyle Kubitza took advantage of the situation with an RBI single to give Texas State a three-run lead.
Brandon Williams erased the front in the Panthers turn at the plate, belting a two-run homer to trim the edge and in the top of the fourth, Rafael Perez made the most of his first turn at the plate and pushed two runs across with a base hit lined through the right side to give PVAMU a 4-3 lead.
The Bobcats slowly chipped down the wall with a single run in the fourth, fifth and sixth inning before finally coming alive in the eighth. Texas State scored five runs before PVAMU could record an out. Two walks were followed by a sacrifice bunt, but a Panther error allowed a run to score. An RBI double to right center from Jason Martinson brought in the second run of the frame and Kyle Livingstone followed up with a three-run homer hit deep to left field to give the Bobcats an 11-5 lead. Texas State continued to tap the Panther pitching staff for six more hits and five runs before the game was called due to a run rule.
Kubitza led Texas State at the plate with a 5-for-5 night, scoring three runs and recording three RBI. All told, the Bobcats recorded 17 hits with Bret Atwood, Jeff McVaney and Livingstone tallying mulit-hit nights.
Prairie View recorded 11 hits with four Panthers tallying two hits. McVaney was credited with tonight’s win and improved to 2-0 on the season.
Texas State will take a quick rest and return to the diamond Thursday night for its final Southland Conference series. The Bobcats will host the UT Arlington Mavericks in a three-game series, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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