Texas State hosted Sun Belt foe South Alabama for a three game set this weekend. The Bobcats leave the weekend with a 7-5 conference record and sit in 3rd place.
Game One featured yet another extra inning contest for the Bobcats. After three scoreless innings, the offenses awoke in the fourth with both teams notching two runs. Texas State was able to take advantage of a USA throwing error to score two mores in the 5th. USA responded with one run in the 6th and that is the way it stayed until the 9th inning.
With the Bobcats clinging to a one-run lead the Bobcats brought on Sr. closer Hunter Lemke who was looking to tie the school record for most career saves. The Jaguars were able to get a timely two-out hit to send the game to extras. It took until the 13th for either team to manufacture a run, and it was the Jaguars who did so. In Lemke’s fifth inning of work, USA was able to string a hit by pitch and two singles together to produce the winning run.
Leaving runners on base proved to be the breaker for the Bobcats as they left 13 runners on in the game. Texas State did have 13 hits from 9 different players as a bright spot in the losing effort.
Game two was the Austen Williams show. The junior righty pitched a complete game gem on Saturday in a 2-0 pitcher’s duel, as the Bobcats came out on top. Williams got some run support on an RBI single by Colby Targun in the 3rd and one more run in the fifth on a Garrett Mattlage single and that was all the Bobcats would need.
The win improved Williams to 4-1 on the season and earned him Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week.
On Sunday the Bobcats matched their play to the weather… bluh. In the 54 degree slap-you-in-the-face drizzle the Bobcats never really could get the offense to click and the Jaguars were siply finding holes and manufacturing runs.
The Bobcats responded to a 0-3 deficit to score two straight innings to make things interesting heading to the later innings. Trailing 2-4 heading into the ninth their was still hope that the Bobcats could get out of this half and have some more bottom of the ninth magic to clinch the series.That idea was quickly put to rest as the Jaguars scored three runs stretching the lead to 2-7 and successfully clinching the series.
The Bobcats will have another tough midweek test when they travel to Houston to take on the No. 8 Cougars before heading to Monroe to try take a Sun Belt series against the UL-Monroe Warhawks.
Sun Belt Standings:
1. UL Lafeyette 11-1, 30-3
2. Arkansas State 8-4, 17-25
3. Texas State 7-5, 18-13
4. WKU 6-6, 18-15
5. UTA 6-6, 14-18
6. South Alabama 5-6, 15-16
7. UL Monroe 5-7, 13-20
8. Troy 4-7, 16-16
9. Georgia State 4-8, 15-18
10. UALR 3-9, 13-16