Gambill goes 3-for-3 to lead the ‘Cats at the plate
Kane Holbrooks carried the Texas State Bobcats for six successful innings and with help from Aaron Taylor and Tyler Brundridge, led the team to a six-hit 8-0 victory over Texas-Pan American Wednesday night at Bobcat Field.
The win marked the first mid-week success for the ‘Cats (20-14; 10-5) since their March 12 meeting with Texas A&M-Kingsville.
The Bobcats struck for the first run in the bottom of the first inning when Thomas Field knocked a single through the left side. A sacrifice bunt and ground out advanced the leadoff to the scoring corner and a shallow drop into centerfield from Lance Loftin sent Field home for the first run of the game.
Aaron Fuller and Cody Gambill used just two hits in the bottom of the second to extend the ‘Cats lead to three. With two outs, Fuller popped a double into right centerfield and Gambill backed him with an electric home run over the left field fence. The homer was the freshman’s first hit of the season.
Texas State cracked the bats again in the sixth with three base hits, loading the bases for Paul Goldschmidt, who blasted a triple to give the ‘Cats a 6-0 advantage. Texas State tacked on two more in the bottom of the seventh for the final 8-0 mark.
UTPA left ten runners on base in the losing effort and not one Bronc collected multiple hits against the trio on the mound.
Holbrooks improved to 2-3 overall with the win. Taylor threw one inning and Brundridge closed out the final two frames for the combined shutout. Both allowed one hit apiece, while the three combined for ten strikeouts.
Gambill led the Bobcats in his first-career start, going 3-for-3, scoring two runs and notching two RBI. Loftin concluded the night with three hits, while Field and Fuller tapped out a pair of hits toward the ‘Cats 13-hit tally.
Matt Shepherd was credited with the loss for UTPA after pitching the opening two innings and allowing three earned runs.
Texas State will conclude its five-game home stand with a three-game Southland Conference series against Central Arkansas. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
By AMBER ARTERBERRY
Assistant Sports Information Director