By Kyle Spencer
The Bobcat’s took today’s match-up against Washington State in a very persuasive manner, winning the game 10-1. The Bobcats are coming off of a 6-2 victory over Washington State Friday night. Defense was the story in that game and the defense dominated in this match-up as well, but the bats were working for the Bobcats today. Texas State busted the lead wide open in the bottom of the second scoring six runs off of seven hits. Cody Lovejoy put his stamp on the second inning with a two RBI triple to center field.
Lovejoy ended the day one home run away from completing the cycle. The senior went 3 for 5 from the plate and recorded 3 RBIs leading the team. Baserunning was a big part of the victory for Texas State which made it easy for Lovejoy to bring in those 3 RBIs and leave no runners on base in all of his at-bats.
Jeremy Hallonquist managed the game very well from the mound, allowing the strong Texas State defense to make play after play. Hallonquist only recorded two strikeouts in seven innings of play but held the Cougars to only four hits. Left-handed freshman Wes Engle replaced Hallonquist in the 8th inning and finished the game at the mound. Engle gave up two hits and the only run scored for Washington State which came late in the 9th inning.
Texas State has more wins right now than they did last season in the whole month of February. The mixture of young talent along with upperclassmen leadership, and the fact that the Bobcats have their head coach back, is the cause for the Bobcats’ hot start. This baseball team seems to be finding their identity as a hard-hitting, aggressive base-running, mound dominating baseball club.
Game three of this four game series will be Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m at Bobcat Ballpark. The lefty transfer Jonathan Hennigan will get the start on the mound and he will be looking to record Texas States’ third straight victory.
Featured image by Eddie Lerma.