Texas State loses to Rice: Team defeated 4-3 in 11th inning at Reckling Park

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The Texas State baseball team took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning Tuesday against Rice in Houston, but lost 4-3 in the bottom of the 11th.

Rice Coach Wayne Graham collected his 1,000th career win in the game against the Bobcats.

Senior catcher Tyler Pearson recorded the only RBI during regular innings for Texas State on a fielder’s choice that scored freshman outfielder Matt Sanchez from third. Freshman pitcher Tyler Davenport, in his first career start as a Bobcat, held Rice to three hits and zero earned runs through six innings.

The Owls did not score their first run until the bottom of the eighth after Coach Ty Harrington brought in sophomore pitcher Cory Geisler. Geisler took over pitching for Davenport in the seventh inning and faced two batters in the eighth, where he gave up the first earned run to the Owls.

Harrington called on senior pitcher Ross Goebel after Rice scored its first run. Goebel hit the only batter he faced with the ball, and Harrington brought in senior closer Hunter Lemke. Lemke allowed a run on two hits as Rice tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the eighth.

Tanner Hill, sophomore first baseman, stopped a run from scoring in the eighth after fielding a groundball and throwing the runner out at home. The Bobcats were unable to score in the top of the ninth. Lemke allowed one hit but struck out one batter and forced two groundouts to send the game into extra innings.

Junior outfielder Colby Targun earned his first hit of the season, a double to left field, after connecting with the first pitch of the 10th inning. The Bobcats were unable to capitalize on the Targun double with zero outs.

In the top of the 11th,  David Paiz, junior third baseman, singled to center field and senior Cody Perkins came in to pinch-run. Perkins stole second after Pearson struck out to move into scoring position.

Hill lined a base hit to shallow left field scoring Perkins from second to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the 11th. The RBI was Hill’s fourth in two games.

The Owls were stopped short of a double in the bottom of the 11th as Targun threw the runner out. The next batter for Rice hit a shot to left center field, but Targun was unable to make a play, allowing the hitter to reach second and driving in the game-tying run.

Owls centerfielder John Williamson was next up to bat and hit a single to right field to drive in the game’s winning run.