Texas State traveled to Jonesboro, Arkansas to take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves in the third Sun Belt series of the year for the Bobcats.
Game one of the series featured the the Bobcats going into their 6th extra-inning game of the season. Hunter Lemke came in to close things down in the ninth, making his school-record 84th appearance on the mound, but the Senior was unable to get the close, as ASU rallied to score two and force the extra frames. It took until the 12th inning, when Ben McElroy delivered an RBI double to secure the 4-3 victory for the Bobcats.
Four Texas State hitters connected for two hits apiece and Taylor Black pitched 7.1 innings allowing only 1 unearned run.
Game two featured a back and forth affair that consisted of ASU jumping out to a lead and the Bobcats responding, only to have the Red Wolves regain the lead. In the end, Texas State just could not manufacture enough runs, as the Bobcats fell 4-5 after threatening but not being able to complete the final comeback.
The Bobcat offense was able to string together 9 hits, including a triple by Ben McElroy. It was a rough day for starter Austen Williams who allowed 5 runs (4 earned) in 6 innings of work, as the junior suffered his first loss of the season.
Game three was another tough game for the Bobcats, as the offense was unable to get any sort of timely hitting. Lucas Humpal suffered his first loss of the season, and the Bobcats left Jonesboro having lost 2 of 3 games. This was the first Sun Belt series the Bobcats have lost, and their conference record fell to 6-3 following the series.
Tuesday night I-35 rival UTSA came to Bobcat Ballpark, and when they left roughly 4 hours after the first pitch they had just witnessed one of Texas State’s best comebacks in program history.
In front of a really good turnout, the Bobcats and Roadrunners played 2 all baseball through the first 6 innings. Both pitchers were pitching well, the offenses were hitting but couldn’t get that timely hit. The Bobcats scored 1 in the bottom of the 7th to set up an entirely different ballgame for the final 12… well 10 outs.
The Bobcats looked like they were get out of the 8th inning unscathed, as the first two Roadrunner batters were retired. Then the UTSA bats exploded for 4 two-out runs, highlighted by a go-ahead two-run home run that sent the UTSA bench into an all out mayhem of celebration… I thought the guy who hit it was going to have an aneurism he was so pumped, and I thought he broke his teammates arm he high-fived him so hard.
The Bobcats were down 3-6 heading to the bottom of the 9th. Things were looking promising form the beginning when Texas State was able to get two runners on and only one out. Colby Targun got hit by an errant pitch and the stage was set. Garrett Mattlage stepped in with the bases loaded looking to keep his team alive. The senior got a belt-high pitch and drove a bases-clearing double into the right-center gap. The stadium erupted and with one swing of the bat the momentum was totally on the Bobcats side. Granger Studdard stepped into the box looking to deliver his 3rd game-winning hit of the season. The clutch-hitting freshman got a pitch he liked, found the left-center gap and the rest is history… see it for yourself here.