By Brenden Snow
Texas State was able to complete the series sweep by taking both games against Appalachian state on Saturday in the team’s double header. The Bobcats won the first game 7-4 and took the second game 2-0.
Game one of the double header in Boone, North Carolina, featured Texas State sending Wes Engle to the mound to face off against Colin Schmid of the Mountaineers. Engle was able to go 5 innings while giving up 3 runs (2 Earned), 5 hits, 6 walks and and 3 strikeouts. Sophomore Anthony Pagano then came in to pitch the remaining four frames and ultimately end up recording the win.
The hitting got the team a lead early after Teddy Hoffman homered in the 3rd to tie the game at one a piece, the Bobcats followed by scoring two in the 4th to go up 3-1.
The Bobcats maintained a lead for most the contest until Appalachian State was able to tie the game with a 3 run 7th inning to tie the game at 4.
With extra innings looming, Texas State decided to go ahead and win it in the appropriate 9 inning fashion. In the top of the 8th, Derek Schieble and Jonathan Ortega both came through with RBI singles to put the team up 6-4. Freshman Cole Coffey would add in a pinch hit RBI single in the 9th and the team would go on to close the game with that.
The team took a short hour intermission before taking the field for game 2 around 6pm. His game featured the freshman Nicholas Fraze for the Bobcats matched up against Luke Watts of the Mountaineers.
Fraze went on to pitch arguably his best game of the season as he went 6 ⅔ innings deep and gave up just 6 hits and 1 walk while not allowing anyone to cross home plate. Fraze picked up his 3rd win of the season and Blake Walden pitched the final 2 ⅓ innings to get the save.
The Bobcats were able to muster up 2 runs despite just recording 3 hits for the evening. If you look at both runs scored, you can see a reoccurring theme, Jonathan Ortega. It was Ortega who moved Sherley into scoring position with a single, then Sherley used great baserunning to soon score. Later in the 6th inning with Ortega on 2nd and Schieble on 3rd, both runners were able to advance on a wild pitch.
Those would go down as the only two runs of the games for Texas State but that served to be enough.
The team advanced to 5-1 in Sun Belt play with the sweep. The Bobcats will next play on Tuesday vs. Texas A&M from Bobcat Ballpark in San Marcos.
Featured image by Brooke Adams.