The Texas State baseball team fell to Texas 5-1 Tuesday night in Austin as Longhorns Coach Augie Garrido picked up his 1,894th victory, the most college baseball wins in history.
The Bobcats were held hitless until the top of the third. Colby Targun, junior outfielder, recorded Texas State’s first hit.
“We have to get better offensively,” said Coach Ty Harrington. “Mike (Silva) is working really hard with these guys to make them better. That’s what we will be working on tomorrow in practice and get after it then.”
The Longhorns entered the matchup against the Bobcats with the fifth best team ERA in the nation at 1.84.
Texas has won 20 consecutive games against Texas State with 11 decided by two runs or fewer.
“I knew if they scored early it would be an uphill battle,” Harrington said. “You can look at them statistically and see that their pitching is really good. We have to get better offensively and it’s something we have been working on.”
Tyler Davenport, freshman pitcher, returned to the mound in his second start of the season and threw 1.2 innings, 4 earned runs and three walks.
Texas struck first as Collin Shaw, Longhorns outfielder, grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Ben Johnson, Texas outfielder.
Ross Goebel, senior pitcher, relieved Davenport in the top of the second to close the inning. Goebel completed the third for a total of 1.1 innings and one strike.
Johnson went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, including a 2-run home run, increasing the lead to 3-0.
The home run was the Longhorns’ first homer at UFCU Disch-Falk Field this season and fourth as a team.
Garrett Mattlage, junior infielder, fielded a slow grounder up the middle to make an off-balance throw that retired Jeremy Montalbano, Texas catcher, ending the bottom of the seventh with the Bobcats’ first three-and-out inning.
Lukas Schiraldi, Longhorns pitcher, threw seven innings, walked three, allowed a hit and had a season-high five strikeouts.
“He was hitting his spots outside,” said Ben McElroy, junior outfielder. “He was painting that outside corner. We didn’t adjust and get to the plate trying to knock that ball around. You have to tip your hat to him.”
McElroy was one of three batters to reach base against Schiraldi after hitting his first home run of the season Sunday.
“I felt good coming in to this game,” McElroy said. “I hit some hard line drives but right at guys. That’s part of baseball. I was looking to carry over my nice day over the weekend, but you have to tip your cap to the pitcher.”
The Longhorns walked two in the top of the eighth and gave up a base hit to Austin O’Neal, senior infielder, loading the bases for Matt Smith, sophomore infielder.
Smith connected with a shallow fly ball to the right fielder, advancing McElroy from third and giving the Bobcats their first run of the game.
Dylan Bein, freshman pitcher, threw four innings with two hits and four strikeouts and held the Longhorns to 5 runs.
“Dylan (Bein) was really good,” Harrington said. “He’s also been one of those guys we have talked about starting and talked about starting him tonight. We are trying to develop who that next guy’s got to be.”