Texas State’s pitching staff faltered Tuesday night in a 12-3 loss at Baylor.
Five different Bobcats pitchers allowed runs and they were routed, despite a 2-0 lead after two innings. Baylor scored four times each in the sixth and eighth innings for the easy victory.
Texas State fall to 17-10 overall with a three-game series at home coming up this weekend against Central Arkansas. Baylor improved to 16-10.
Baylor reliever Kolt Browder entered with one out in the fourth inning of a 2-2 game and pitched five innings, allowing only one run and three hits while striking out five as his teammates surged past the Bobcats.
The offensive heroes for Baylor were designated hitter, Jon Ringenberg, who finished three-for-three with two RBI, and Jake Miller, who hit a three-run pinch-hit homer in the eighth to give the Bears their final 12-3 lead. Baylor finished the game with 14 hits.
Texas State starter Brian Borski lasted 4 1/3 innings and allowed four runs to take the loss, falling to 1-5. But the bullpen fared no better, as six Texas State relievers combined to allow eight runs in only 3 2/3 innings.
The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Jason Martinson’s RBI triple, then extended it to 2-0 in the second on Andrew Stumph’s RBI single.
But Baylor crashed the gates with two runs in the third inning and two more in the fifth against Borski, taking a 4-2 lead. Texas State came back to within 4-3 with Shaun Garcia’s RBI single in the sixth, but Baylor came back in its half of the sixth with four runs, aided by a hit batsman, a walk and an infield throwing error by Texas State.