Lee Colon improved his record to 3-1 with a seven-inning start in Texas State’s 5-2 win Sunday against Lamar at Bobcat Field. Texas State sports information photo.
Laurn Randell started 109 games in his first two years of baseball at Texas State before injuries limited him to 21 starts and 41 appearances last year.
But Randell is back in the lineup now, making his presence felt with two huge defensive plays at the end of Sunday’s 5-2 win against Lamar at Bobcat Field. The win enabled Texas State to sweep the three-game series and remain in a first-place tie with Southeastern Louisiana in the Southland Conference. The Bobcats and Southeastern Louisiana both are 7-2 in the league, followed closely by Stephen F. Austin (6-2) and Sam Houston State (6-3).
The Bobcats had just scored three times in the bottom of the seventh Sunday to take a 5-2 lead when Lamar came to the plate in the eighth with a scoring threat. With runners on first and second with two out, Wade Mathis of Lamar hit a hard single to right field. Randell, the right fielder, picked up the ball and threw a perfectly aimed laser to catcher Jordan Kopycinski, throwing out Aaron Buchanan, who tried to score from second.
Suddenly, a big inning brewing turned into a two-out pitcher-hitter situation, which Bobcats reliever Garret Carruth defused by inducing a fly ball to Randell from Lamar’s Cameron Campbell.
In the top of the ninth, Randell made a spectacular diving catch about ten feet into foul territory off the bat of Lamar’s Joey Latulippe for the second out. Andy Mena flied out to Randell, ending the game.
“The two defensive plays he made late were big for us,” Texas State coach Ty Harrington said of Randell. ” . . . It’s nice to have him in the lineup.”
Texas State starting pitcher Lee Colon allowed only two hits in seven innings, though he also walked five. Colon allowed two runs for the win, improving his record to 3-1.
Lamar scored twice in the fifth for a 2-0 lead after Colon issued walks for the first two hitters. The Bobcats responded with a run in the fifth on Kyle Livingstone’s RBI single, then tied the game with a run in the sixth on Shaun Garcia’s single.
The Bobcats took command in the seventh, when Tyler Sibley led off with a triple, Bret Atwood followed with an RBI double, then a sacrifice drove in Atwood. Kyle Kubitza topped off the inning with a solo homer.
Texas State won Saturday’s game in a 12-1 run-rule decision. Michael Russo pitched all seven innings for the win and Kubitza drove in five runs.
The Bobcats, 14-8, will play No. 21 Texas A&M Tuesday at Bobcat Field. The game will begin at 6:35 p.m. However, Charles Austin Drive will be closed at noon to open the street for tailgating, which will open at 2 p.m.Email | Print