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Morgan Michan had three hits for Texa State Saturday in a 7-5 loss at Sacramento State (Texas State sports information photo).

STAFF REPORT

The Texas State baseball team lost three squeakers by a total of four runs during the weekend at Sacramento State.

The losses dropped the Bobcats to 5-4 in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), while Sacramento State improved to 5-4 and 18-14.

The early going in the WAC race indicates that it won’t be settled anytime soon. California State-Bakersfield and Texas-Arlington lead the way at 6-3, while the Bobcats, Sacramento State, Dallas Baptist and San Jose State all are 5-4. Next up is Texas-San Antonio at 4-4 and New Mexico State at 4-5. Thus, eight of the league’s ten teams are within two games of the top.

Texas State lost the Friday opener, 3-2, as the Hornets scored three times in the third inning against Bobcat starter Taylor Black and held the lead. Garrett Mattlage, Colby Targun and J.D. Stinnett each had two hits for the Bobcats.

A similar pattern prevailed in the Saturday game, though to a greater degree as Sacramento State claimed a 7-5 win. The Hornets held a 7-0 lead through four innings and the Bobcats couldn’t catch up. Kevin Sah and Morgan Mickan each had three hits for the Bobcats.

Texas State managed only three hits in the series finale on Sunday, a 1-0 loss. Sacramento State scored the game’s only run in the first inning against Texas State starter Kyle Finnegan.

The Bobcats will play at Texas Tuesday night, then return to WAC play this weekend with three games against Louisiana Tech.

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