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March 20th, 2010
Smith holds down Sam Houston in first league start


The Texas State Bobcats have won five games in a row after their 12-5 victory at Sam Houston State Friday night. Texas State sports information photo.


Just in time for a big series this weekend at Sam Houston State, the Texas State baseball team may have happened on a weekend pitching rotation that can help win another Southland Conference title.

The rest of this weekend will go some way towards determining it that’s the case.

Texas State coach Ty Harrington gave sophomore right hander Carson Smith his first league start Friday night at Sam Houston State. Smith responded with six shutout innings and took a 9-0 lead to the bottom of the seventh before his endurance waned.

So, if Smith’s final line items of 7 2/3 innings and five earned runs don’t look great, he still helped the Bobcats to a foothold in their 12-5 win against Sam Houston. The two teams will play a double header in Huntsville on Sunday. The game scheduled for Saturday has been postponed because of a rainy forecast.

With Smith knocking back the Friday win, raising his record to 2-2, the Bobcats will come back with Michael Russo (2-0, 3.16 ERA) and Lee Colon (2-1, 3.20) on Sunday.

The Bobcats clubbed out another 16 hits Friday. From the top of the order, Tyler Sibley and Bret Atwood each gathered three hits and combined to score five runs. Kyle Livingston, batting third, notched three RBI on two hits. Andrew Stumph, Jordan Kopycinski and Jeff McVaney also collected two RBI each.

“Tonight I watched this team come together for a complete game,” Harrington said. “We used our momentum to take a big jump early and took their momentum away when they showed spurts of big moments.”

After McVaney’s two-run homer in the seventh gave Texas State its 9-0 lead, Smith allowed two runs in the seventh and four in the eighth. Garret Carruth worked the final 1 1/3 innings for the Bobcats, striking out two.

Texas State now is 10-6 overall and 3-1 in the Southland Conference, tied for second place with Northwestern State and Stephen F. Austin. Sam Houston is 5-12 overall and 2-2 in the league, tied with Nicholls State and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Southeastern Louisiana is on top of the league at 4-0. The Lions are 17-1 overall.

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