Baseball recovers from three-run deficit to defeat UTSA

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The baseball team charges the field after Garrett Mattlage, junior infielder, scored the game-winning run against UTSA April 1 at Bobcat Ballpark.

The Texas State baseball team scored 4 runs in the bottom of the ninth, defeating Texas-San Antonio 7-6 Tuesday night.

“This was a team win,” said Granger Studdard, freshman infielder. “We had a really good last inning at the plate. Everyone grinded out at bats and it go us in a situation to win.”  

Justin Dellinger, sophomore pitcher, started the eighth, striking out the first two batters he faced.

The Roadrunners scored 4 runs on in the top of the eighth as Dellinger allowed 3 runs on three hits. Mike Warren, UTSA first baseman, hit a 2-run home run with two outs in the eighth, giving the Roadrunners a 5-3 lead.

Texas-San Antonio added another run in the top of the eighth, extending its lead to 6-3 heading into the ninth inning.

“Before the game, we talked about will,” Harrington said. “About what it take to go out there and compete with will and what it takes to win a game against the odds.”

Colby Targun, junior outfielder, lined a ball to center field in the ninth for a single to score Matt Smith from first.

Targun advanced to second after the center fielder for UTSA misplayed the ball for the second Roadrunners error of the game.

Garrett Mattlage, junior infielder, hit a double to right field with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and tied the game at 6.

Studdard, who has two walk-off hits on the season, hit a single to left center field, giving the Bobcats the 7-6 victory.

“Before that at bat, I was preparing myself,” Studdard said. “These are the moments you dream about when you’re a little kid, and I just go out there and live each one to the fullest.”

The Bobcats struck first after Austin O’Neal, senior infielder, hit a single to right field to bring in Studdard from third.

The Roadrunners responded with 2 runs in the top of the third after Mitchell Matulia, UTSA designated hitter, singled to score.  

Ben McElroy, junior outfielder, drove home the second run of the game grounding into a double play, scoring Studdard for his second run of the contest.  

Matt Smith, sophomore infielder, has started 18 of 20 games this season and leads the team in batting with .328. Smith recorded 21 hits in that span.

Smith hit 2-5 with 2 runs scored in the game, hitting in the leadoff spot.

“One thing you do know about (Smith) he is competitive,” said Coach Ty Harrington. “The games are important to him, and he is fiery about baseball.”

O’Neal hit a double in the bottom of the fifth for his third hit of the night. O’Neal went 3-4 with a walk.

Dylan Bein, freshman pitcher, was on the mound for the Bobcats throwing six innings, giving up zero earned runs while striking out eight.

“He was really good,” Harrington said. “We made a mistake that cost us two runs early but his stuff was good. His composure was excellent and his competiveness was great.”

Bein started the seventh but was replaced by Ross Goebel, senior pitcher, with a man on first with no outs. Goebel did not allow a hit in the inning, holding the 2-2 tie.

“(Bein) may have been out of gas,” Harrington said. “We tried to push him over 100 pitches just so he could get use to it.”  

The Bobcats will face South Alabama at home this weekend.