By Kyle Spencer
Texas State baseball dropped two non-conference games on Friday and Saturday, but were able to bounce back and avoid the series sweep with a 3-2 win on Sunday afternoon.
Coming into this series, the Bobcats were on a five-game winning streak, including a series sweep over conference opponent Georgia Southern. Now with a 9-3 conference record, Texas State got a break from conference play to face off against Mountain West opponent, Nevada.
Nevada came into the series sub 500 and did not look very intimidating on paper, but shook up the crowd at Bobcat ballpark Friday evening with a 6-3 victory.
Saturday afternoon, Nevada did even more damage to the Bobcat schedule with a dominating 17-6 win over Texas State.
On Sunday things turned around for the Bobcats when they were able to pull out a narrow victory, 3-2, over the Wolfpack, successfully dodging the series sweep.
To sum things up for the Bobcats, defensive struggles were the main problem over the weekend. In the first game, the Bobcats committed huge errors late in the game that sealed the deal for Nevada. On Saturday, the pitching for the Bobcats really struggled against the lineup for the Wolfpack and gave up 17 runs off of 18 hits. All of the hits and runs spread out among seven different pitchers from the Texas State Bullpen.
Going to the game on Sunday, the pitching really picked up due to the great work from Cory Geisler. The senior has been hot from the mound ever since returning from his early season injury and is still undefeated on the season at 3-0.
The offense over the weekend saw its fair share of struggles as well. On Saturday, the Bobcats could not get things going until late in the game when the lead was to large to overcome. Even in the win, the Bobcats ended with seven hits and three runs with one of those runs coming off of a Nevada error.
Consistency is something the Bobcats have to work on moving forward into the conference season. On the mound and at the batter’s box.
Texas State will be in action again this Tuesday in a rematch against Rice at Bobcat Ballpark. The first pitch is set for 6 p.m. with live coverage coming at 5:45 on KTSW 89.9.