Bobcats defeated in third-straight weekend series

Sports Reporter

Texas State dropped its third straight weekend series, losing two out of three against Louisiana-Monroe.

The Bobcats scored 30 runs over the weekend, but errors prevented them from putting away the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. Texas State fell to 19-16 on the season and 8-7 in the conference. The Bobcats have dropped seven of their last 10 games.

The lone victory for the Bobcats came Friday when Austen Williams, junior pitcher, recorded his fifth win of the season with the help of the team’s leading home run hitter, Granger Studdard, freshman outfielder.

Studdard’s grand slam in the third inning gave the Bobcats an early 4-0 lead, and the Warhawks played from behind the entire game. Outfielders Cory Geisler, sophomore, Colby Targun, junior, and Ben McElroy, junior, combined for eight hits and four RBI in the 12-5 win. Targun and McElroy hit 1 home run each. Targun’s home run was the first of the season for him.

“Obviously we started off good on Friday night,” said Coach Ty Harrington. “Austen Williams threw fine, and our offense was very productive in RBI situations. It was one of the better offensive nights we’ve had this season.”

Texas State dropped Saturday’s game 17-12.

The team fell behind 10-4 in the fifth inning. Studdard hit a home run in the seventh, and the Bobcats managed to score 6 runs in the last four innings.

Louisiana-Monroe’s offense produced 7 more runs to build on their early lead. The loss came despite Texas State matching Louisiana-Monroe on hits with 16. Taylor Black, junior pitcher, received the start and the loss as he gave up a season-high 11 runs on 12 hits.

Studdard’s 2 home runs over the weekend give him a team-leading 5 on the season.

The final game of the series was won 7-6 by the Warhawks. Lucas Humpal, sophomore pitcher, started Sunday for the Bobcats. Humpal threw 5.2 innings and struck out four batters while also allowing 7 runs on eight hits. Sunday’s game was the only contest in the series in which neither team hit a home run.

“Saturday we were offensive a little bit, and Sunday, at different times, we were opportunistic,” Harrington said. “The effort was good throughout the game. We fell behind on Saturday by seven. Our kids kept battling and playing. We just have to correct some things defensively.”

Harrington said the team’s pitching was solid, but mental errors in the run support led to the Bobcats’ performance in the last two games and previous “higher level” matchups.

Coach Ty Harrington went on to say that he hopes the team’s batting performance could be a catalyst for increased production the rest of the season.

Texas State committed a combined 10 fielding errors, seven on Saturday and three on Sunday. Louisiana-Monroe committed five errors throughout the whole weekend series.

Garrett Mattlage, junior infielder, tacked on six more hits and three RBIs over the weekend to increase his team-leading totals to 41 and 29 respectively on the season.

Texas State is now tied with UT-Arlington for third and only one game ahead of both Western Kentucky and Louisiana-Monroe in the Sun Belt standings.

“Hopefully we feel better about ourselves, but baseball’s a crazy thing,” Harrington said. “You have to go back out the next day and the next opportunity, which is as early as (Tuesday) night.”