Michael Russo kept the Texas State baseball team alive Thursday with an eight-inning victory against Stephen F. Austin. Southland Conference photo.
Right hander Michael Russo held Stephen F. Austin (SFA) to seven hits and two runs during an eight-inning performance, leading the Texas State baseball team to an 8-2 win at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, keeping the Bobcats alive in the Southland Conference Tournament Thursday afternoon.
The Bobcats are to continue their quest to advance through the loser’s bracket at noon Friday, when they play Nicholls State, a 5-4 loser to Texas-Arlington (UTA) in Thursday’s winner’s bracket semifinal.
Though the Bobcats are 35-21 overall and finished the regular season 23-10 in the Southland Conference, they have lost three of four this year to Nicholls State. Among those losses was a 13-2, run-rule loss to the Colonels in the first round of the league tournament Wednesday.
Russo improved to 5-2 this season, striking out eight and walking three as he protected an early Texas State lead.
“Michael Russo, without any question, he was big for us today,” Texas State coach Ty Harrington said. “He’d hit some bad luck at times this season, but Russo was solid for us today. In addition, we played tremendous defense, which gave us a chance to win, which, combined with timely hitting, helped us out against SFA.”
The first five batters in the Texas State lineup accounted for 11 hits, with Tyler Sibley, Bret Atwood, Kyle Kubitza and Kyle Livingstone all reaching two hits and Jason Martinson going three-for-five with two RBI. Atwood and Kubitza each drove in two runs.
By the time SFA starter Brad Oates left after 1 2/3 innings, he allowed four runs on six hits.
SFA finished the season 34-20, tying the school record for wins.
“The kids did a good job and we had one of the better, if not the best, season in school history,” SFA coach Johnny Cardenas said. “You know the season can end this way and, unfortunately, that’s what happened today against a good opponent.”Email | Print