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March 19th, 2009
Local boy makes bad news for Bobcats


A local kid had a big hand in bringing down the local nine Wednesday night, when Baylor outlasted Texas State in a high-scoring 22-17 baseball game at Bobcat Field.

Baylor center fielder, lead-off hitter and relief pitching ace Brooks Pinckard, the former quarterback and shortstop at Hays High School, notched three hits and pitched 3 2/3 innings of effective relief to close out the game.

The Bears jumped to a 14-0 lead going to the bottom of the third inning and appeared set to finish it off by run rule within a couple innings. But Texas State rose with an 11-run fourth inning to climb within 17-12, serving notice that these two teams would be playing all night.

Indeed, the game lasted 3:47 as 109 batters went to the plate, producing 45 hits, 16 of them for extra bases.

The Bobcats continued their rally through the middle innings, adding two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth, coming to within 17-16. A two-run homer by Jason Martinson brought the Bobcats that close with one out in the sixth. Immediately thereafter, Tyler Sibley was hit by a pitch, suddenly putting the tie run on first base.

The call went out for Pinckard to come in from center field and pitch. Pinckard answered the call by inducing two ground outs to end the inning without further damage. Pinckard then pitched through the remainder of the game, holding the Bobcats to one run while his mates scored five times in support.

Pinckard improved his record to 3-0. From the plate, Pinckard ended the night three-for-seven, singling in runs in the second and third innings, besides tripling on his way to a run in the fourth.

Ben Theriot, Spenser Dennis and Cody Gambill all banged out three hits for Texas State, while Martinson led the Bobcats attack with four RBI.

Texas State fell to 10-7 overall, while Baylor improved to 12-4.

The Bobcats are going to Lamar this weekend for a three-game series.

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