By Eddie Lerma
The Texas State Bobcats emerged victorious in the 2016 season opener Friday night against the Washington State Cougars by a score of 6-2.
The Bobcats got in a rhythm fast as freshman second baseman Jonathan Ortega crushed a ball to left field for a home run in his first collegiate at bat. This was no easy task as Cougar pitcher Ian Hamilton is a projected first round pick in the MLB draft. In all of 2015, Hamilton gave up one home run. Ortega, the newcomer from Victoria, Texas, finished the night 2-3 with a homerun and two RBI’s in his Texas State debut.
Ortega expressed in a post-game interview that,“defense wins championships and that it is crucial that you’re not the team that makes the most errors because that will cost you the game.”
When asked about his new role as the second baseman Ortega confidently said,“I have been playing this position for a long time, it is nothing new to me.”
Senior pitcher Lucas Humpal finished the night with six strikeouts and only one walk in seven innings of work. In the postgame, Humpal expressed he was surprised with the hot start the offense had, which enabled him to have a cushion to win the game.
Ortega and Senior Tanner Hill had home runs in the victory.
Attendance for Friday night’s opening game was 2,183, and it was the first baseball game in which fans could select beer and wine as a concession.
Cory Geisler will be out again for tomorrow’s match up with inflammation in his throwing shoulder. A timetable of 2 weeks has been put on his injury, so it may be a while before we get to see Preseason All-Sun Belt pick Geisler in action.
Jeremy Hallonquist will be getting the start in game #2, owning a 4-2 record from the previous season and a 6.54 era. He will be dueling it out with Washington State’s Damon Jones, who was a transfer over the offseason.
Featured image by Madison Tyson.