By Cole Paveglio
The Texas State Bobcats pushed their win streak to three with a 9-2 victory over the Rice Owls at Bobcat Ballpark on Wednesday. The Bobcats improve their win streak to five straight over the Owls and push the overall series record against Rice to 20-9.
Dalton Shuffield was the star of the night by leading the Bobcats with three RBIs. Headed into the game, Shuffield had zero RBIs on the season.
“I was just swinging at stuff that wasn’t really my sort of thing I wasn’t looking for that tonight that’s what helped me today,” Shuffield said in regards to how this game was different compared to the rest of the season so far.
John Wuthrich started the night off with a home run to start the scoring for the Bobcats. Wuthrich entered the game against Rice was second on the team with five RBIs. Wuthrichs’ first inning home run ties a team-high six RBIs with infielder Cole Coffey.
“[John] Wuthrich just cuts one right through the wind and then shows everybody, ‘Hey, it’s not that tough to still hit in this stuff,’” head coach Steven Trout said in regards to how important Wuthrichs’ homer helped jumpstart the Bobcat offense on a cold night.
Recce Gould came into the game in an important 5th inning. Gould came in with two runners on, no outs and the score at 4-1 with the Bobcats leading. Gould recorded two strikeouts straight out of the bullpen. Gould overall pitched for an inning and a third and gave up one run.
“That won the game for us right there,” Trout said. “They could have easily got a couple hits or done something, really big stuff out of Recce Gould coming in and saving that inning we won the game right there.”
Matthew Nicholas came out of the bullpen and secured the win for the Bobcats. Nicholas faced two batters in the 9th, therefore shutting the door on the Owls’. Following the victory, Nicholas’ record improves to one and one on the season.
“We’ve been really good out of the pen,” Trout said. “Matthew Nicholas has been a lifesaver back there.”
The Maroon and Gold’s next game comes against the Houston Cougars in Houston at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Texas State holds the all-time series lead over Houston, 11-6, and tomorrow’s matchup begins the first road trip of the young season for the ‘Cats. Radio broadcast coverage will begin at 6:15 p.m. with Clint Shields this Friday on KTSW 89.9.
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Featured image by Remle Herzberg.