Steady progress marked the weekend for the Texas State baseball team, which stayed even with one league leader and gained a game on the other.
The Bobcats won two of three at Texas-San Antonio (UTSA). As the weekend ended, they were 13-8 in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), one game behind 14-7 Cal State-Bakersfield and now even with Texas-Arlington (UTA), which lost two of three at home against Dallas Baptist.
Now, the Bobcats can set their sights on overtaking UTA, to which they travel for a three-game series this weekend. The Bobcats are 23-24 overall, while UTA is 25-23. First, though, the Bobcats will play Wednesday at home against Prairie View A&M, making up a game that was rained out earlier this season.
The Bobcats lost the opener at UTSA, 3-2, despite 11 hits. Andrew Stumph, Ben McElroy and Colby Targun all had two hits for Texas State.
Texas State turned its hits into runs in the Saturday game at UTSA and still needed 11 innings for a 13-8 win, scoring five times in the 11th. The Bobcats built their game-winning explosion on four walks (two intentional), a hit batsman and three singles. Morgan Mickan went one-for-six but drove in four runs, aided by a three-run homer in the fourth inning. The Bobcats finished the game with 14 hits.
The Bobcats enjoyed a 17-hit day on Sunday for a 12-3 win. Austin O’Neal had four RBI for Texas State, while Garrett Mattlage and Cody Lovejoy each chipped in with two. Mitchell Pitts (3-3) pitched the first six innings for the win, then Kyle Finnegan threw three shutout innings for his first save of the season.