The Texas State baseball team lost its Southland Conference opener, 13-2, to Nicholls State Wednesday in Corpus Christi. Texas State sports information graphic.
After winning its second straight Southland Conference championship, Texas State’s baseball team fell quickly in the Southland Conference Tournament Wednesday, losing a 13-2 run-rule decision to Nicholls State in the first round at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi.
The Bobcats, 34-21, now are one loss from being eliminated in the tournament. If they can’t rally and win the tournament championshhip, they will be out of the running for an NCAA Tournament appearance, unless the selection committee awards the Bobcats an at-large bid when the seedings are announced Sunday.
Wednesday’s game ended when Nicholls State scored three times in the top of the eighth and the top-seeded Bobcats couldn’t cut their deficit to less than ten runs during their turn at bat.
The Bobcats will play Stephen F. Austin (SFA), a 10-4 first-round loser to Texas-Arlington (UTA), in the loser’s bracket at noon Thursday.
While the Bobcats finished the regular season 23-10 in the league, Nicholls State has had their number, now winning three of four against the Bobcats this year. Wednesday’s game marked the first time the Bobcats were run-ruled this season.
The Texas State loss contributed to a day of surprises in the tournament’s opening round, as the top four seeds lost to the bottom four seeds to set up a loser’s bracket in which the leading teams will fight to crawl up to the championship round.
In other first-round games, seventh-seeded Lamar put up a 4-3 in against second seed Northwestern State, while sixth seed McNeese State claimed an 8-7 win against third seed Southeastern Louisiana.
Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana will meet in the other loser’s bracket game. The winner’s bracket games will pit Nicholls State against UTA and McNeese State against Lamar.
Nicholls State bombed the Bobcats for 18 hits. Texas State starter Carson Smith fell to 9-4 after allowing seven runs in nine hits in two innings to mark his shortest start of the season.
The Bobcats already trailed, 7-0, when they scored twice in the third inning. However, Nicholls State got those three runs back in the fifth inning for a 10-2 lead.