Texas State opens spring season with two wins, one loss at home

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Junior pitcher Taylor Black pitches against Washington Feb. 15.

The Texas State baseball team ended its opening weekend with a 2–1 record and combined for two home runs in the series—an improvement after beginning last season with zero.

The Bobcats played Friday against the Michigan Wolverines. The Wolverines took an early lead, scoring 5 runs in the first two innings. The Bobcats finished the game with four errors but converted on two double plays.

The Bobcats came back in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game 7–7 after trailing 7–4 going into the inning. Senior catcher Tyler Pearson hit an RBI single to tie the game heading into the ninth.

“We were ready to play Michigan,” Pearson said. “We wanted to get after Michigan. We were ready for the season to start up and ready to play someone that doesn’t wear the same colors as us.”

Senior closer Hunter Lemke pitched two shutout innings, striking out three and earning his first win of the season.

“I think we’re going to have a good team this year,” Pearson said. “We swung the bat a little bit today. Our pitching looked good. Our pitching has the ability to be really great.”  

David Paiz, junior third baseman, singled through the left side on the infield, scoring junior outfielder Cody Lovejoy to win the game 8–7.

“These players are smart,” said Coach Ty Harrington. “We don’t underestimate what they think, or how they play, or what they understand, because they’re smarter than people give them credit for. These players want to be great and win championships, and they may.”  

The Bobcats took on the Washington Huskies in the second match of the three game series. Texas State lost 6–1 despite a career high 8.1 innings pitched and eight strikeouts from junior Taylor Black. The single run for Texas State came off the bat of Pearson who homered in the sixth.

The Huskies scored 4 runs in the top of the ninth with a 2-run homer and two RBI singles. The Bobcats had two multi-hit players, as Pearson and Paiz accounted for four of the team’s six hits.

Texas State bounced back Sunday as the team defeated Air Force 6–0. A career-pitching outing by junior pitcher Austen Williams helped secure the win. Williams pitched a career-high in innings with 7.2 and in strikeouts with eight, allowing two hits in his second start ever.  

Tanner Hill, sophomore first baseman, hit a three-run homer to put the team up 4–0 in the bottom of the sixth. Lovejoy hit a double down the left field line to add 2 runs, putting the Bobcats up 6–0.

Senior pitcher Ross Goebel and Lemke shutout the Falcons, each allowing zero hits and no earned runs to close out the game.

“I think we have one of the most challenging schedules this year,” Harrington said. “We played a Big Ten school in Michigan, a Pac-12 school in Washington and Air Force. We are known for our tough non-conference schedule and tough weekend schedule. We do it for the challenge, and you have to play the big boys to be a big program.”