The Texas State baseball team share smiles and high fives in warmups before their matchup with the Houston Baptist Huskies on April 16, 2019.

Bobcats Stand Tall in Remarkably High Run Battle Against HBU

By Cristian Delgado and Joshua Orozco
Sport Reporters

It was another fantastic day for some baseball at Bobcat Ballpark as the Bobcats matched up against another in-state opponent, the Houston Baptist Huskies. After a competitive start, the Bobcats quickly compiled their second highest run total this season in the win against the Huskies, 17-8.

The Bobcats wanted to keep the momentum rolling in this one after a 2-1 series victory against Georgia State, and they certainly achieved that after putting on a hitting clinic.

Junior infielder Jaxon Williams got the offense in rhythm with a single to left field in the bottom of the first inning with junior outfielder Will Hollis following afterward with a reached on fielder’s choice allowing the senior infielder Jaylen Hubbard to score a quick run.

Sophomore outfielder John Wuthrich came to bat with two runners on base and hit a beautiful homer to left center allowing for a three run-scoring play, bringing the Bobcats back to tie the game 4-4 in the bottom of the first.

In the bottom of the second inning, sophomore infielder Dalton Shuffield singled up the middle giving both Hollis and Williams an opportunity to score a run. Afterward, senior outfielder Skyler Valentine doubled to left center, allowing both Shuffield and Wuthrich to score a pair of runs to put the Bobcats ahead 8-4 in the bottom of the second inning. The Bobcats kept the pressure on the Huskies through the bottom of the third inning with junior infielder Jaxon Williams flying out to centerfield allowing freshman catcher Peyton Lewis to score.

Continuing to pour down more runs, Hollis doubled to center field giving Hubbard another scoring opportunity. Wuthrich joined in on the action with his own single through the left side, giving Hollis the chance for another run to end the bottom of the third inning with a dominating score of 11-4.

For Houston Baptist, the bottom of the sixth seemed bottomless. Texas State added five runs off three home runs from Coffey, Hubbard and Hollis in the sixth inning alone. The Huskies have been lackluster on the road at 1-15; therefore, it came as no surprise that the Bobcats took every opportunity given to score.

Hollis and Wuthrich drove in eight of the Bobcats 17 runs combined.

Head coach Ty Harrington emphasized after the game how significant his team’s effort was to their dominant hitting performance.

“Energy for us was important,” Harrington said. “A good team has to come out of their long road trip, getting home late; you guys have to suck it up, toughen up and go play hard tonight… they did that.”

Harrington also used Friday’s 12-0 blowout loss to Georgia Southern as motivation to improve and has been pleased at what he’s seen since.

“Every once in a while in this game things don’t go your way and it’s tough,” Harrington said. “I was incredibly proud of the way they bounced back.”

The Bobcats increase their overall record to 24-13 following tonight’s win. Texas State also extends their all-time series record against the Houston Baptist Huskies to 16-0.

Texas State looks to continue their monstrous hitting performance against conference rival Arkansas State this Thursday, April 18 at 6 p.m. at Bobcat Ballpark. The Red Wolves come into San Marcos for the first time this season at 21-16 overall and 8-7 in conference play.

Catch the ‘Cats next conference matchup with complete coverage of the three-day weekend series on KTSW 89.9 FM.

Featured photo by Joshua Orozco.

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