By Joshua Orozco
Even against the 12th-ranked team in the nation, never count out the ‘Cats.
Texas State handled business in College Station by defeating Texas A&M 5-3. Tuesday’s victory marked the Bobcats first win over the Aggies since their 4-1 triumph on April 23, 2013.
With the assistance of a sacrifice bunt by sophomore shortstop Dalton Shuffield at the top of the first inning, four of the first five batters for the Bobcats reached on base to start the game.
Right fielder John Wuthrich had only one hit but with a single swing of the bat he made sure his presence was felt. Wuthrich tallied a team-high four RBI’s with an explosive first career grand slam in the first inning.
Texas A&M starting pitcher Dustin Saenz came off an impressive pitching outing against the 17th-ranked Texas Longhorns, giving up only two runs in six innings. However, Saenz struggled early against the ‘Cats, walking three straight batters before a balk brought in a run for Texas State. Saenz gave up all five runs to the Bobcats in the first inning.
Texas State was held scoreless after their first inning five-run barrage but for Texas A&M the damage had already been done. The attempted rally by the Aggies stopped after three runs scored in the fourth which concluded by going scoreless in the final five innings against a potent Bobcat defense.
Designated hitter Will Hollis led the team with two hits on three at bats against a top 20 Aggie pitching core.
Brent Hebert started the game allowing no runs, no hits, and no errors in his one and only inning pitched.
After a strong showing from Hebert, Garrett Herrmann pitched 3.1 innings and allowed the only three runs of the game for Texas A&M.
Pitchers Kyle Bradford, Brandon Lewis, Connor Reich, Nicholas Fraze and Hunter McMahon also silenced the Aggies offense just a week after A&M scored nine runs against another nationally ranked team, the Texas Longhorns.
McMahon recorded his first career save by securing the victory from the mound in the ninth inning.
Mikey Hoehner, the Aggies leader in on-base percentage, only reached the bases once on a fielder’s choice in the third inning. During this game, Hoehner went 0-of-4 and struck out twice.
Texas State limited Texas A&M’s opportunities to turn the game around by not allowing the nine Aggie players left on base to score throughout the game.
After a shaky start to conference play at 7-5, Texas State continues their run on the road in their next matchup in Statesboro, Georgia. The Bobcats improve to 21-12 on the season and look to stay on their high horse against conference foe Georgia Southern.
First pitch for the Bobcats weekend series versus the Eagles is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12. Catch all the action on KTSW 89.9 and online at txstatebobcats.com.
Featured Photo from Texas State Athletics.