By Mark Brown
Assistant Sports Director
The Bobcats entered the second matchup with the UTSA Roadrunners with the hopes of continuing the long-lasting win streak, but they spoke to soon as the ‘Cats fell short 8-5 in San Antonio. This loss eradicated the historic 10-game win streak and the 30th ranked spot in the NCAA.
The Roadrunners managed to score early by adding two runs in the first inning. Special thanks to senior outfielder Skyler Valentine for preventing more runs by throwing out one of UTSA’s key contributors. The second inning remained scoreless. Two batters later at the top of the third inning, senior infielder Jaylen Hubbard landed a double of his own to cut the deficit in half. A 3-2 pitch to junior infielder Jaxon Williams was good enough to land the Bobcats’ third double and tied the game 2-2.
The Roadrunners retaliated in the bottom half of the inning as a key player hit a two-run home run. UTSA extended their lead with another two-run homer in the sixth. The team was on fire and added another run in the sixth on a double to extend the lead 7-2. The final run for the Roadrunners came on a solo home run in the seventh.
At the top of the eighth, Williams hit a single to put two on for Will Hollis. The junior outfielder sent a shock wave to the right center. Sophomore outfielder John Wuthrich made a decent hit to the third baseman, who went to second but saw Williams slide in safely and Hubbard scored to cut the gap to five. A walk to senior outfielder Travon Benton loaded the bases. Valentine took advantage with a single that brought home two and made it an 8-5 lead for the Roadrunners. The Bobcats attempted to rally a late comeback, but a fly out ended the game.
Williams collected two of the Bobcats’ six hits. Hollis finished 1-for-2 and was hit by a pitch three times.
Next up for the Bobcats is a conference series at home against Georgia State. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. on KTSW 89.9. Don’t forget to tune in.
Featured image by Texas State Athletics.