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Austin O’Neal had three hits in two different games against Louisiana Tech. TEXAS STATE ATHLETICS PHOTO

STAFF REPORT

Don’t look now, but the Texas State baseball team is making a move in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) with three home wins during the weekend against Louisiana Tech.

The victories improved the Bobcats to 8-4 in the WAC and 15-20 overall. Texas State is one game behind Cal State-Bakersfield, which is 9-3 in the league. Three of the Bobcats’ four losses in the league were close road defeats last weekend at Sacramento State.

The Bobcats won the opener against Louisiana Tech, 1-0, as Taylor Black tossed 7 2/3 innings of zeroes to improve his mark to 3-4. Hunter Lemke recorded the final four outs for his first save of the season. The Bobcats scored the game’s only run in the sixth inning with Andrew Stumph’s RBI single that knocked in Morgan Mickan from second base.

Bobcat bats came alive in the sixth inning of the middle game on Saturday for a 9-5 win. The Bobcats trailed, 4-2, going to have of the sixth, then erupted for five runs in the frame to take the lead for good. J.D. Stinnett hit a two-run double and Cody Lovejoy followed with a two-run single keyed the big inning. Austin O’Neal ended the game with three hits and three RBI.

A similar dynamic prevailed in the final game on Sunday. Trailing, 5-1, going to the fifth inning, the Bobcats blew up for eight runs and cruised to the end. The big blow was O’Neal’s three-run homer. O’Neal finished the game with three hits and four RBI. Colby Targun also had three hits for the Bobcats and Stumph added three RBI.

The Bobcats will play Baylor Tuesday night at Bobcat Field (6:30 p.m.), then play three in the WAC at San Jose State during the weekend.

 

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