Notebook: Texas State 8, Louisiana-Lafayette 7

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What the win means: The 8-7 victory guarantees that the Texas State baseball teams' season won't end until at least Friday evening. 

How the Bobcats won: Capitalizing on mistakes. The Bobcats, who did not lead until the ninth inning, claimed their first lead after Louisiana-Lafayette committed an error in the outfield. All four runs in the ninth inning were unearned. Texas State turned a three-run deficit into a one-run lead before the Ragin' Cajuns could process what had happened. 

Turning point: The top of the ninth inning. The Ragin' Cajuns allowed two baserunners, but recorded two outs in the process. One out separated the Ragin' Cajuns from victory in the first game of the tournament. Granger Studdard, sophomore left fielder, represented the game-tying run at the plate. Studdard, with a penchant for late game heroics this season, hit a soft fly ball into left field. Evan Powell, Ragin' Cajuns senior left fielder, could not track the trajectory of the ball, which dropped behind him. Tanner Hill, junior catcher, and Ben McElroy, senior designated hitter, reached base in the ensuing at-bats to set up David Paiz, senior first baseman, for the game-winning single. 

Spotlight player: Paiz. The senior accounted for six of the team's eight runs in the game, recording his fourth home run of the season off Gunner Leger, Ragin' Cajuns freshman pitcher. Leger left a pitch high up in the strike zone in a 3-2 count and Paiz capitalized with a ball that landed past the left field wall. Paiz's two-run single in the ninth inning concluded the Bobcats' comeback attempt. Paiz finished with three hits, a season-high six runs batted in, one home run and one run scored. 

Struggling Humpal: Assistant Coach Jeremy Fikac opened the conference tournament with Lucas Humpal, junior pitcher, on the mound. Humpal allowed 10 hits against 19 batters before he was pulled in the fourth inning. The damage, however, was done. Louisiana-Lafayette generated five extra-base hits against Humpal, two of which were home runs. 

Bullpen response: Following Humpal's exit, the Bobcats bullpen allowed one run in 5.2 innings. Fikac utilized four players in relief, and Louisiana-Lafayette only mustered one hit in the final five innings.

What's next: Texas State will play the winner of Troy and UT-Arlington Thursday at 7:30 p.m. 

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