Baseball loses to rival UTSA on road

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Sports Reporter

Texas State baseball lost its third straight game against the UTSA Roadrunners Tuesday 7-2 on the road.

The Bobcats came into the match having lost four of their past five road games. Texas State is 5-10 away from Bobcat Ballpark.

UTSA came into the matchup with a 24-12 record. Texas State leads the all-time series against the Roadrunners with a 52-29 record.

The Bobcats had the bases loaded for Garrett Mattlage, junior infielder, in the bottom of the ninth, where he hit a double to tie the game the last time both ball clubs met. Granger Studdard, freshman outfielder, brought in Mattlage for the win with his third walk-off hit of the season and his career.

“The rivalry part of it is fun,” said Coach Ty Harrington. “It makes it more intense, and usually makes the players razor sharp, and it brings you to your sense of competitiveness. That’s what makes it exciting.”

Dylan Bein, sophomore pitcher, started the game on the mound and allowed three hits and 1 run. Bein struck out two Roadrunners. Corey Geisler, sophomore pitcher, came into the game in the bottom of the fourth in relief for Bein and allowed no runs.

Senior Ross Goebel took over in the seventh inning. Goebel pitched .1 innings and gave up zero hits and zero runs. Hunter Lemke, senior, was the last to pitch in the game Tuesday night, and he allowed five hits, a walk and an unearned run.

C.J. Pickering, Roadrunner infielder, hit an RBI double in the first inning to give UTSA a 1-0 lead. Texas State got on the board when Trey Hicks, freshman infielder, hit a single into center field, allowing Tyler Pearson, senior catcher, to score in the second inning.

Mattlage hit a single into centerfield, causing Colby Targun, junior outfielder, to advance to second. Matt Smith, sophomore utility player, ran home to score in the eighth inning.

The Roadrunners batted three in, one a homerun with one man on base, to make the score 7-2 going into the ninth.

The final inning resulted in no runs for Texas State. One man was left on base when Austin O’Neal, senior infielder, struck out looking to end the game.

“We need to be controlling the baseball,” Harrington said. “We made some defensive mistakes. The execution part of it has been frustrating for all of us. We’ve got to get that control of the ball.”  

Texas State continues to stand at third in the Sun Belt after playing the non-conference game against UTSA. The Bobcats will face No. 9 Georgia State Friday at home.