Texas State traveled to Huntsville to take on the Sam Houston Bearkats on Monday evening.
The Bobcats were seeking redemption after a loss to South Alabama in a three-game series. The Bobcats fought with no reward, as Sam Houston took over in extra innings.
The Bobcats took a loss to Sam Houston, 6-8.
In past seasons, the Bobcats have held a slight edge over Sam Houston, 51-46. Recently however, the Bearkats have come back with a vengeance. Last season the Bearkats matched up with the Bobcats, Texas State suffered a 10-0 loss to SHSU. Texas State’s luck ran out in Monday’s matchup when the Bobcats played SHSU on its home turf.
Left handed starting pitcher for the Bobcats, Jonathan Hennigan, took the field with 6.0 innings. Hennigan allowed five runs and accumulated three errors in his time on the mound.
The Bobcats fell behind early on as Sam Houston racked up two runs in the third inning making the score 2-0. Texas State made its move in the 4th when Theodore Hoffman singled up the middle, giving Tanner Hill and Granger Studdard the teams opening to score. Studdard’s run tied up the game 2-2 against the Bearkats.
In the fifth inning, the Bobcats still kept the momentum going. Hill advanced to second and Studdard scored another run in the top of the fifth. After that Jaylen Hubbard crossed home giving the Bobcats a leg up in the game 4-2. As the fifth inning progressed, Hoffman came up the plate and doubled to center field giving Hill the open to score. Hoffman got his chance to cross home when Ryan Newman singled through the right side.
The Bearkats came back to the win in the 6th and 8th innings. The Bearkats took the plate on offence with Chase Hodson on the mound for the Bobcats. Relief pitcher, Hodson came up short on the mound, allowing four runs in his 1.1 innings pitched. Hunter Hearn grounded to second base in the 6th allowing Bryce Johnson to score for Sam Houston making the score 6-3. SHSU closed the Bobcats lead as the 8th inning progressed adding five more runs in the 8th. Mac Odom scored the last run of the night for the Bearkats after Taylor Beene singled to right field, closing out the game for the win.
Following it’s their loss, the Bobcats now have a standing overall record of 15-10 for the season and a 6-3 conference record.
Up next, the Bobcats travel for an away three game series against the Georgia Southern Eagles.
This will mark the fourth Sunbelt tournament of the season for the Bobcats. Friday’s opener will take place at the J.I. Clements stadium at 6 p.m. Game two on Saturday will start at 6 p.m. as well and Sunday’s game will begin at 12 p.m.