The Texas State baseball team needed a win against Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday to advance to the Sun Belt Conference championship game.
Texas State lost 3-0, putting them one game away from ending their season.
The Bobcats offense scored 18 runs in their first two games of the tournament, but they were ultimately shutout.
Louisiana-Lafayette received seven shutout innings from Wyatt Marks, Ragin’ Cajuns freshman pitcher. Marks allowed four hits in his start and struck out eight batters.
The Ragin’ Cajuns needed Marks’ pitching performance because Cory Geisler, junior pitcher, did his job from the mound. Geisler started in his first game since April 14 against UTSA. He pitched 6.1 innings while allowing three runs and five hits.
Geisler ended the game with a loss, but the offense gave him no run support. The team was shutout for the first time since March 1 against Central Michigan.
David Paiz, senior first baseman, came into Saturday with 11 runs batted in and an opportunity to win the Sun Belt Conference tournament Most Valuable Player. The senior hit 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the game.
The team was eliminated last season in the semifinals against Louisiana-Lafayette. Texas State did not have the luxury of an extra opportunity last year, and they will try to take advantage of that scenario later on Saturday.
First pitch will take place Saturday at 4:30 p.m. broadcast on ESPN3.