By Remle Herzberg
The Texas State Bobcats finished their second series of the season with a win over the Lamar Cardinals in San Marcos, Texas, this past weekend. After a slow start, the ‘Cats won two straight games to take the series, improving their record to 4-3 and establishing themselves offensively.
Feb. 21’s game started off with quick scoring for the Cardinals in the top of the first inning. The Bobcats appeared to struggle defensively when two separate throwing errors resulting in George Avery and Cole Girouard reaching the plate for earning two runs for the Cardinals.
The game remained scoreless for both teams until Kelby Weyler’s RBI ground out in the ninth brought the Cardinal’s lead up to three. The Bobcats avoided a shutout, Justin Thompson hit a ground ball to second base sending Jaxon Williams home making the final score 3-1 but failed to make an overall comeback.
Starting pitcher Zachary Leigh gave up three hits and two runs in seven innings of work while Reece Gould and Matthew Nicholas threw the remainder of the innings from the bullpen. The RBI groundout was charged to Gould in the ninth.
The Cardinals came out swinging in the early innings on Feb. 22. After a quiet first inning, Lamar’s Chase Kemp hit a homerun to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead over the Bobcats. Adding to Lamar’s lead, Anthony Quirion reached the home plate off an RBI single by Avery.
Will Hollis led the Bobcats’ charge in the bottom of the third with a triple. The next batter, John Wuthrhich, hit a sacrifice fly ball to center field allowing Hollis to score which cut the Cardinals lead in half.
Colton Moore hit a single bringing Dalton Shuffield home, tying the game. Hollis extended the lead in the bottom of the fifth with a home run, putting the Bobcats up 3-2. However, the Bobcats didn’t hold onto the lead for long, at the top of the seventh, Weyler’s double into and a single from Avery tied the game at three apiece.
Just as the game looked like it would go into extra innings, Wuthrhich brought in Isaiah Ortega-Jones. With a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, Jones allowed the Bobcats to tie the series with a final score of 4-3.
The Cardinals pulled ahead with a 2-0 lead in the first with a home run, continuing the common trend of early scoring in the series. The Bobcats bounced back with a single from Williams bringing in Tucker Redden making the score 2-2. Cole Coffey and Cameron Gibbons helped extend the Bobcats, and Chase Evans RBI double made the score 6-2 in the bottom of the first.
Lamar continued to fight following Bobcat pitcher Wes Engle giving up four runs. Cameron Bush came in as a reliever and shut down the inning leaving the game tied at 6-6. Thompson and Coffey were able to bring the Bobcats lead to 8-6 in the bottom of the second, bringing home Hollis and Wuthrhich.
Tristan Stivors closed out the game, throwing for 1.1 innings while only giving up a hit and no runs, recording the second straight win for the Bobcats, 8-7.
The Bobcats look to add to their win streak Feb. 26 as they face the Rice Owls at Bobcat Ballpark. Texas State has claimed victory over Rice in four previous matchups, the longest such winning streak the Bobcats have held over the Owls in program history.
Radio broadcast of the Bobcats mid-week game against Rice can be found on KTSW 89.9, with pregame coverage beginning at 5:45p.m. Live updates will also be provided on KTSW Sports’ official Twitter page, @KTSWSports, throughout the game.
Featured image by Remle Herzberg.