Written by Dan Shedd
In front of the second largest crowd ever at Bobcat Ballpark (Tied with 2010 vs A&M), the 10th ranked Texas Longhorns defeated Texas State 6‒3.
Bobcat starting pitcher Dylan Bein came into the game with a 1.80 ERA, but that did not hold up for very long as Longhorn outfielder Ben Johnson crushed Bein’s second pitch to left center field to give the Longhorns an early 1‒0 lead in the top of the first. Bein’s struggles continued as he hit Longhorn Collin Shaw, who was awarded first base and then Longhorn outfielder Ben Johnson struck again with a single to center field, but advanced to second after a error by Texas State center fielder Matt Sanchez which gave the Longhorns a 2‒0 lead in the second inning.
The offensive fireworks continued for Texas as Longhorns second baseman Brooks Marlow tripled to right center for an RBI triple scoring Johnson, making it a 3-0 lead for Texas heading into the third.
The Bobcats would fight back as David Paiz and Garret Mattledge would both single to give the Bobcats men on base in the bottom of the third. After a wild pitch by the Longhorn pitcher Goins, Texas State had two men on with only one out.
After walking Tyler Pearson, the Longhorns had seen enough from Blake Goins and went to Ty Culbreth who walked Colby Targun with the bases loaded to get the Bobcats on the board, 3‒1 with Garrett Mattledge scoring. Texas State’s Tyler Hill reached base on an error by Texas’ third baseman scoring David Paiz, making it 3‒2 Texas. The Bobcats were not done yet as Granger Studdard came through, bringing in Pearson to tie up the game three all in the third inning.
However, Texas kept pounding as they put more runs on the board in the fourth inning as catcher Tres Barrera tripled off the right center wall and Ben Johnson scored Barrera with a sacrifice fly. The day was done for Dylan Bein as Cory Geisler relieved him. Bein finished the game with five strikeouts. Geisler threw for 4 innings with only 1 hit, and had three strikeouts. However, The Bobcats could not get things done offensively and Texas State pitchers, Ross Goebel and Chris Young both gave up runs to give Texas a 6-3 victory.
The Bobcats fell to 10‒6 on the year and play UT-Arlington in a three game set starting at 6:30 on Friday at Bobcat Ballpark, with Saturday and Sunday games starting at 3p.m. and 1p.m. at Bobcat Ballpark to begin Sun Belt Conference play.