By winning two of three at home during the weekend against league-leading Cal State-Bakersfield (CSB), the Texas State baseball team has opened up the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) race.
The Bobcats improved to 11-7 in the WAC, just a game behind CSB and Texas-Arlington (UTA), which are 12-6. Nine games remain in the regular season, including a trip by the Bobcats to UTA May 10-12.
Texas State will go to Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) for three this weekend. UTSA is the league’s seventh-place team at 8-9. The WAC’s top eight teams are bunched within four games of each other. The top eight teams in the ten-team league will play in the WAC Tournament to be contested May 22-26 in Grand Prairie.
The Bobcats lost the opener last Friday against CSB, which scored four times in the sixth inning on its way to a 7-5 win. Cody Lovejoy and Andrew Stumph each had three hits for Texas State. Trailing, 7-4, going to the bottom of the ninth, the Bobcats scored on a sacrifice fly by Garrett Mattlage and they brought the tying run to the plate with two outs, but a ground out ended the game.
Texas State won the middle game Saturday, breaking a 2-2 tie with three runs in the seventh inning for a 5-2 win. Four Texas State relievers combined for four innings of one-hit shutout pitching with Scott Grist (4-2) taking the win and Hunter Lemke claiming his eighth save. The Bobcats had only six hits, but made them count with the help of six walks and three CSB errors. The big blow in the seventh was Austin O’Neal’s two-out, pinch-hit single that drove in two runs.
The Bobcats blasted through the rubber game Sunday with 10 hits on their way to an 11-5 win. Kevin Sah led the way for Texas State with three hits and four RBI, while Stumph hit his first home run of the season.
Texas State, 20-23 overall, will play at home Tuesday against Houston Baptist before their weekend series at UTSA.
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