The Texas State baseball team found out last Friday night that a 5-0 lead going to the ninth wasn’t enough.
So, the Bobcats brought out their heavy hitting the next two days and managed a series win at home against Northern Kentucky with two victories.
By winning two of three, the Bobcats improved their overall record to 4-7. They lost the series opener, 6-5, before claiming wins of 13-0 on Saturday and 11-7 on Sunday.
Texas State scored five runs in the fifth inning of the opener and appeared to have it well in hand with a 5-0 lead going to the ninth inning. But Northern Kentucky began tearing into the Bobcats bullpen with five hits and a walk against Jack Finnegan and Austen Williams. The Norse scored the lead run on a two-out throwing error by third baseman Nick Smelser.
The Bobcats came back strong with eight runs in the first inning of the middle game. In the end, seven different Bobcats scored and eight different Bobcats drove in runs for the 13-0 victory. Texas State pitcher Taylor Black went the distance in a one-hitter, striking out 10 and walking three. Black improved his record to 1-1.
Both teams hit in the Sunday rubber game, but the Bobcats hit a little better for the 11-7 win. Garrett Mattlage led the Texas State offense by going four-for-four with five RBI.
The Bobcats will play again Tuesday night, facing Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) at Bobcat Field (6:30 p.m.).