NACOGDOCHES – The Texas State baseball team lost no ground in the Southland Conference West division Friday, but they did lose a little time, to say nothing of their game at Stephen F. Austin.
The Bobcats fell, 6-3, when SFA’s Kevin Croft hit a three-run homer against Texas State starter Mike Hart in the seventh inning, turning Hart’s 3-2 lead into a 5-3 deficit.
The loss dropped Texas State to 24-20 overall and 14-8 in the SLC. The Bobcats have lost six of their last seven games, though three of those losses came against Big 12 competition.
Meanwhile, Texas-San Antonio ended its eight-game winning streak Friday with a 12-3 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Road Runners (33-13, 17-5) lost in the SLC for the first time since April 6, but maintained their three-game lead over Texas State in the SLC West with eight games remaining.
Stephen F. Austin improved its record to 20-25 and 7-14.
Kevin Crabtree’s solo homer Friday gave SFA a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Lumberjacks added another run in the second on a sacrifice fly by Noe Trevino.
Texas State jumped back into the game in the fourth when Paul Goldschmidt doubled, advanced to third on Lance Loftin’s foul out down the right field line and crossed on Adam Witek’s single, making it 2-1.
Aaron Fuller homered leading off the seventh for Texas State, tying the game, 2-2. One out later, Thomas Field doubled down the left field line. Elliott Babcock then singled and Field tried to score, but he couldn’t beat Crabtree’s throw to the plate from left field.
SFA brought in Lance Luetge to relieve and the Bobcats benefited from his early control trouble. After Goldschmidt walked, Luetge uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Babcock to score from second base as Goldschmidt advanced to second. Suddenly, the Bobcats held a 3-2 lead.
But SFA took back the lead for good in its half of the seventh inning, scoring three runs after Hart retired the first two hitters. Crabtree and Sean Myers each hit singles on 0-1 pitches, then Croft blasted his three-run homer to left, putting SFA ahead, 5-3.
The Lumberjacks added another run in the eighth against Texas State reliever Aaron Taylor.
The Bobcats smashed out 11 hits, including three for Witek and two each for Babcock and Goldschmidt.
Texas State continues its series at SFA with a 2 p.m. start today. The series ends with a 1 p.m. game Sunday.