By Thomas Mejia
Failing to capitalize on scoring opportunities proved to be a major factor for the Bobcats in their series against the Huskies. In all three games combined, Texas State left 37 players on base while only scoring a total of 10 runs in the entire series.
Bobcats suffered their first loss of the series Friday after blowing an early lead in the game. UConn scored the first run of the game off of a RBI double in the first inning. Texas State answered back in the third inning with a triple from Jaylen Hubbard and a double from Will Hollis that put the Bobcats up 3-1.
Texas State’s lead was short lived due to UConn’s offense getting the better of starting pitcher Nicholas Fraze. Fraze gave up six earned runs off of nine hits. UConn did not look back and won the game 8-4.
The winner of game two had to be determined in extra innings in this defensive affair. Similar to game one, the Huskies scored the game’s first run by a sacrifice fly out to right field for a 1-0 lead. After giving up the early lead, starting pitcher Hunter McMahon did not let another run score for UConn. McMahon finished the game pitching 6.1 innings while only allowing three hits, one earned run and striking out four batters.
The Bobcats would tie the game in the sixth inning with an unearned run that was caused by a throwing error from UConn’s third baseman. Tied 1-1 heading into the top of the twelfth inning, the Huskie’s offense erupted. Two solo home runs and an RBI single from UConn was too much for the Bobcats to overcome. The ‘Cats ended up on the wrong side of this defensive battle and lost 4-1.
Texas State saw its fortune turn around in the series finale. Behind a dominant performance from starting pitcher Connor Reich, the Bobcats fought back from an early deficit to earn the victory against the Huskies. Consistency was key during this series as UConn put the first runs on the board with a sacrifice fly out and an RBI single to give the Huskies an early 2-0 lead.
The Bobcats would answer back in the third inning by scoring three runs of their own to take a 3-2 lead. Outfielder Chase Evans extended Texas State’s lead in the fifth inning by hitting an RBI single to make it 4-2. UConn would get the run back in the seventh inning as a solo homer cut Texas State’s lead to 4-3. A wild pitch from UConn gave Texas State an insurance run heading into the ninth inning. Pitcher Brayden Theriot came in for Reich in the eighth inning and shut the Huskies offense down. While earning the save, Theriot did not allow any runs or hits in his outing to seal the 5-3 victory for Texas State.
Next up for the Bobcats is an away matchup against Rice this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Catch all the action on KTSW 89.9.
Featured image by Thomas Mejia.