By Garrett Martin
On Tuesday, the Bobcats travelled 45 minutes South of San Marcos to take on their I-35 rival, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Roadrunners. In attempt to get back into the win column after the gut wrenching loss against Baylor, Texas State started Garrett Herrman on the mound. Herrman was the Bobcats starter in the loss against Texas A&M Corpus Christi last week. He pitched four innings and gave up five hits, one run and struck out a pair. Taking the starting duties for the Roadrunners was Cameron Carver. This was Carver’s first start of the season after taking two relief appearances in the first three weeks of the season.
The action started in the top of the second inning when the Bobcats took advantage of errors by the Roadrunners and ran the basepaths well to plate two runs. They also scored another run after walking with the bases loaded in the next inning. Carver was taken out of the game, and UTSA head coach Jason Marshall had to go to his bullpen early for help.
Although the Bobcats struck early the Roadrunners answered back with three runs of their own to tie the game in the bottom of the third. Even so, Herrman would groove through the next two innings easily and keep UTSA at bay in the fourth and fifth innings.
In the top of the fifth, the Bobcats let loose their bats once again and break the tie as Connor Anderson delivered a double to score Will Hollis. Right after, first-baseman Ryan Newman grounded out to get Skyler Valentine home. Even in the sixth inning, it was the same story. Hollis singled with the bases loaded which brought home Dalton Shuffield, Colton Moore and Jaxon Williams would score on the wild pitch that occurred later in the same inning.
As for the bullpen, it was lights out for guys who took the mound after Herrman. Reece Gould took a 8-3 lead and threw three solid innings of work thanks to his defense that assisted him through his innings with runners on. Gould finished with three innings of work and gave up three hits and two walks. Kyle Bradford finished out the game for the Bobcats and helped capture the win against the Roadrunners in their first meeting this season.
In this game, the Bobcats had the bases loaded three times–had those hitters taken advantage of runners in scoring position, this game would’ve been ugly for the Roadrunners in the end box-score. Although, Texas State would’ve liked to pile it on against their highway rivals, it was a solid team win with quality base-running and excellent plays by our defense. Texas State will take on UTSA again deep in the heart of conference play for a midweek game on April 30 at Bobcat Ballpark.
This week, the Bobcats will play Incarnate Word and Connecticut at beautiful Bobcat Ballpark. You can catch the action Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Incarnate Word or this weekend against Connecticut at txstatebobcats.com or listen in to KTSW 89.9.
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