From TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY
The Texas State Bobcats notched a season-high 22 hit-tally and scored in every inning to take a 16-6 seven-inning run rule victory over Central Arkansas Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Field.
Texas State improved to 22-14 overall and 12-5 in the Southland Conference, while UCA fell to 17-21 and 6-11, respectively.
Goldschmidt scored in the bottom of the fifth to double UCA’s runs after leading off with a double to right center. He rounded the bases on Loftin’s base hit and a sacrifice fly from Randell to the same spot.
Central Arkansas shuffled through two pitchers over the sixth and seventh inning, but the `Cats split four runs evenly over the frames to run rule the foe.
Every Bobcat managed a hit in the 22-hit winning effort and seven grabbed at least one RBI. Field went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs and finished a triple shy of hitting for his second cycle of the season.
Goldschmidt went 4-for-5 at the plate and scored four of the `Cats runs. Elliott Babcock and Ben Theriot went three-fir-five, batting in three and two, respectively.
Loftin led the Bobcats at the plate, reaching on all five appearances. After being hit in the first frame, the clean up batter went 4-for-4 with four RBI and scored one run.
Texas State left 11 on base, while UCA left five stranded. Kent Taylor went 3-for-4 to lead the Bears offense.
In Siers’ six complete innings on the mound, he held the Bears to just eight hits and six runs and struck out four to earn his fourth win of the season.
Zack Boles closed out the seventh inning after facing just four batters, striking out Chris Houk to retire the inning.
Thomas Field turned on the speed after taking a 2-2 pitch to the right center wall in the bottom of the first, and hustled around the bases for an in-house homer and Texas State’s first run. Paul Goldschmidt followed with a single and stole second base, leaving the bag open for Lance Loftin who was hit by the next pitch. Laurn Randell put a shot through the left side to load the bases and Ben Theriot notched an RBI with a base hit to right field, scoring Goldschmidt. Loftin scored on a sacrifice fly from Adam Witek and Aaron Fuller batted in the final run of the inning on a single shot to right field.
After batting around in the first, the `Cats offense never slowed and posted three runs in the bottom of the second and third frame each, while Central Arkansas managed to send just two across in the top four innings.
But the top of the fifth gave the Bears hope when Jonathan Yerby hit a single up the middle to open the inning. Steven Siers walked Graham Martin and with one out a base hit from Payton Seelinger loaded the bases. Keven Rawls knocked in Yerby with a fielder’s choice and UCA punched out four hits for four runs to close out the top of the fifth, 11-6, their final scoring inning.
The `Cats will look to sweep the week in Sunday’s 1 p.m. contest against the Bears. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. for Texas State’s First Annual Kids Day at the Ball Park.