San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

May 22nd, 2010
Despite loss, Bobcats one win from title

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State baseball team endured one of its infrequent nights with the sleepy bats Friday in a 6-0 loss to Texas-Arlington (UTA) at Bobcat Field.

Nonetheless, those punchless nights have become more frequent for the Bobcats as they close in on their second straight Southland Conference regular season championship.

With help from Southeastern Louisiana’s 8-4 loss at Northwestern State Friday, the Bobcats maintain their one-game lead on the Lions with one game left in the regular season. The Bobcats are 22-10 in the league, while Southeastern Louisiana is 21-11.

That means Texas State has clinched at least a tie for the league title as each team plays its final game Saturday. The Bobcats would win the title outright with a win on their home field Saturday against UTA or a Southeastern Louisiana loss at Northwestern State. The Bobcats could do with one of those outcomes, because the Lions, who won two of three in the head-to-head series with Texas State April 16-18, hold the tiebreaker.

The Bobcats managed only seven hits Friday night as UTA’s Rett Varner (7-5) tossed a complete game shutout. Texas State starter Michael Russo (4-2) held UTA down for much of the game before the visitors put up three runs in the eighth inning for a 6-0 lead.

The Bobcats now have scored three runs or fewer in three of their last four Southland Conference games. In their first 28 league games, they scored three runs or fewer only five times, winning two of them.

Mitchell Pitts (5-1) will toe the slab Saturday at 1 p.m. for the Bobcats as they go for the Southland Conference clincher against UTA at Bobcat Field.

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