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Bobcats Go 3-1 in Lake Area Classic

By Geno Perez 
Sports Reporter

The Bobcats started off the tournament a little shaky, allowing three home runs in the first three innings of the game. The next two innings the Bluejays scored two more runs on singles. In the sixth inning the Bobcats fought back by scoring on a sacrifice fly to center field and a single to right field. After allowing another run in the sixth inning, the Bobcats scored three more runs but end up falling short with a score of 6-5. Nicholas Fraze struggled pitching, allowing nine hits and six runs, but did have a career high of eight strikeouts. All of the runs scored by the Jays were earned.

Texas State (3-2) v. McNeese (3-2)

The Bobcats had a shootout against the Cowboys, winning the game by a score of 18-10. The Bobcats started off on fire, scoring three runs in the first inning. The Cowboys did not allow those runs to go unanswered by scoring a pair of their own runs in the first inning. The Bobcats scored four more runs in the third inning and once again the Cowboys scored a run of their own with a homer over right center field. The fourth and fifth inning were when Texas State really blew the game wide open, scoring seven runs putting them at 14. McNeese added five more of their own at the end of the fifth inning. The Bobcats would score two more runs in the seventh and the ninth, while the Cowboys only scored two in the eighth. A big part of why Texas State was successful because out of the 16 hits they had, they also had 16 RBIs. All of the pitchers in this game struggled. The Bobcats went through four pitchers and the Cowboys used five.

Texas State (4-2) v. Creighton (4-1)

In the rematch against the Bluejays, it looked to be a similar start to the first game when Upton homered in the first inning. However, once again the Bobcats came back scoring two of their own in the bottom of the first. Hunter McMahon hit three batters in the third inning which allowed two more runs for the Jays to score. Texas State was pretty quiet until the bottom of the sixth where they rallied with two outs to score six runs making the score 10-6. From this point on, the Bobcats extended the lead to 12 and the deficit seemed to be too much for the Jays. The Jays made a mini-comeback by scoring three in the final two innings but it wasn’t enough. With a final score of 12-9, Texas State got revenge after falling just short to the Jays in the tournament opener.

Texas State (5-2) v. McNeese(3-4)

This game was a relatively low-scoring game compared to the last two that the Bobcats played. The Bobcats and Cowboys each started off the first inning scoreless, but both scored a run in the second inning. Texas State had two doubles to start off the inning, but failed to keep the momentum going for the rest of the inning. The same could be said after the McNeese homered over the right field fence. John Wuthrich doubled to right field in the top of the third and brought in two runs after a wild pitch in the third  put a Cowboy in scoring position. Two batters later McNeese scored after a single up the middle. The Bobcats held the lead of 3-2 till the ninth inning when the Cowboys scored a run causing the game to go into extra innings. After a scoreless 10th inning, the Bobcats rallied with two outs with help of the Cowboy’s defense that made an error as well as intentionally walking a Bobcat.  Skyler Valentine hit a double which caused two runs to score. Although the Cowboys started the inning with a double, they failed to get any of the base runners home. The Bobcats win 5-3 after extra innings.

Texas State finished the tournament with a record of 3-1. The Bobcats batting average as a team was .306. With a record of 5-2 overall, the Bobcats look to take down A&M-Courpus Christi at San Marcos on Feb. 27, at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @KTSW_899 or listen to the game at KTSW.com.

Featured image by Texas State Athletics.

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