The Texas State baseball team came away with a three-game sweep at Bobcat Ballpark against California-Riverside over the weekend, improving its record to 5-2 on the season.
The Bobcats won the second of the three games Saturday in the bottom of the 10th when Granger Studdard, freshman outfielder, hit the single that gave Texas State an 8-7 victory.
Studdard was 0-1 in the count and sent the next pitch to left center field, bringing in Cody Lovejoy, junior designated hitter, from third and Garrett Mattlage, junior infielder, from second.
“My first walk-off in college was a great feeling,” Studdard said. “In high school, I’ve had a lot of situations like that just playing baseball my whole life. You get a lot of opportunities, but my first one in college is an awesome feeling.”
Colby Targun, junior outfielder, missed an opportunity to win the second game in the bottom of the 9th when he sent a ground ball down the first base line that would have scored Lovejoy from third. However, the umpire called it a foul, and Targun was thrown from the game for arguing.
“It was a big turn in momentum,” Studdard said. “We came out the next inning and minimized the runs, allowing just one, and came out, got some runners on base and had a situation to win the game.”
Hunter Lemke, senior pitcher, allowed a leadoff triple and a single to score the runner from third, which let California-Riverside take the lead 7-6 in the top of the 10th inning. Lemke pitched 1.1 innings and struck out one to keep the Bobcats in the game headed into the bottom of the 10th where the team was able to pull off a win.
“I just went out there looking to throw strikes,” Lemke said. “My main goal is always to throw strikes, keep our defense in play and hopefully get a 1-2-3 inning.”
Friday night’s game, the first of the weekend, featured a duel between both teams’ pitchers that ended when sophomore Lucas Humpal came away with the victory and a career-high 13 strikeouts while earning his first collegiate complete game shutout.
Jacob Smigelski, California-Riverside right-hander, pitched six innings, striking out seven and allowing one earned run for the Highlanders. The Bobcats won the game 2-0. Tyler Pearson, senior catcher, hit a solo home run, which was his second of the season.
Humpal allowed four hits over 3.2 innings and gave up 6 runs against Michigan in the Feb. 14 season opener. Humpal brought his previous ERA of 9.84 to 2.84 after the game against California-Riverside. Humpal leads the Sun Belt in strikeouts in a single game with 13. Texas State is third in the Sun Belt in total strikeouts and earned run average.
Texas State defeated California-Riverside 7-5 in Sunday’s series-closing game. Riverside scored 3 runs in the top of the 9th in an attempt to pull the team to victory. The Bobcats finished with seven hits in the game. Pearson went 2-2 on the day and scored 1 of 7 runs.
Antonio Gonzales, California-Riverside starting pitcher, allowed 4 runs over 2.2 innings and struck out two, earning his first loss on the season.
Lemke made his second appearance in three games to close out the win. He pitched one inning, allowing 3 runs while striking out two. Lemke pitched 2.1 innings, striking out three and allowing 4 earned runs for the series. The game was Lemke’s second victory of the season.
Texas State is off to its best start since the 2010 season. The Bobcats will continue their home stand Tuesday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.