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Bobcats lose third straight game to Chippewas, 2-0

Three weeks into the season, assistant coach Jeremy Fikac remains in search of a pitcher who can close games for the Texas State baseball team.

In the four-game series finale, though, it was not pitching that stymied the Bobcats in the 2-0 loss to Central Michigan.

Texas State recorded five hits, the second-lowest mark of the season.

After winning the first game, the Bobcats lost three straight to Central Michigan by a combined 12 runs.

“Competitively, I felt we were just okay,” Fikac said. “We came out here and we wanted to win, but we didn’t go out and earn it. We had opportunities to win every game this weekend. We didn’t slam the door and take some.”

Baseball rally comes up short in 5-3 loss to Central Michigan

The Texas State baseball team scored three runs in the ninth inning against the Central Michigan Chippewas to send the game into extra innings, but the Chippewas scored two runs in the 10th inning.

The Bobcats did not respond. Texas State lost 5-3, concluding the Saturday double-header with two losses.

The team’s offense was heading into the ninth inning with a three deficit. The Bobcats had five hits in the game.

Texas State's first two hitters of the ninth recorded out, but the Bobcats did not go away.

Cory Geisler, junior outfielder, drew a walk which was followed by a single by Granger Studdard, sophomore left fielder. 

Baseball loses first game of double-header, 14-6

The Texas State baseball team ended their three game winning streak with a 14-6 loss to the Central Michigan Chippewas.

Scott Grist, senior pitcher, pitched 6.1 innings, giving up six hits and zero earned runs. Grist recorded six strikeouts in his outing.

The Bobcat bullpen could not pull through for Texas State. The Chippewas scored 13 runs off the Texas State bullpen. Justin Dellinger, junior pitcher, was credited with the loss.

The Bobcats, 3-6-1 overall, will face Central Michigan for the second game of the double-header.

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Bobcats defeat Chippewas 5-3 for third straight victory

The Texas State baseball team had a 5-3 lead in the eighth inning, but Central Michigan was looking to make a comeback at Bobcat Ballpark.

The Chippewas had runners on second and third base with one out, with Justin Dellinger, junior pitcher, replacing Braden Pearson, freshman pitcher. 

Dellinger walked his first batter, then forced the next two hitters to ground out. No runs were scored for Central Michigan and Texas State still led going into the ninth inning.

The gam finished with Texas State defeating Central Michigan 5-3 for its third consecutive victory.

Assistant coach Jeremy Fiakc said Dellinger’s performance was the difference in the game.

HOUSTON, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM: Bobcats outlast third-ranked Cougars

Blake Whitter, senior pitcher, retired 12 batters in relief of Cory Geisler, junior pitcher.

His last out was the hardest.

This was nothing new for Whitter, who missed the cut on last year’s team. The last out represented the culmination of an entire offseason of work.

“I worked my butt off all last year and during the season,” Whitter said. “I had a good summer and came back. I have a lot to prove. It’s been a wild ride, but I’m glad it’s happened the way it has.”

Whitter was in position to close the Texas State baseball team’s game against Houston, which entered the matchup ranked third in the nation by Baseball America.

Storylines to watch: Texas State vs. No. 3 Houston

MONKEY OFF THEIR BACKS

The Texas State baseball team took six games to earn its first victory of the season. The 7-5 victory over Wichita State allows the Bobcats some breathing room heading into a matchup against the Houston Cougars. Texas State squandered a three-run lead in the fourth inning before reclaiming the lead in the seventh inning. It was a much-needed win for a team that lost several games against UC Davis. The key is to sustain momentum for the rest of the season.

NATIONALLY RANKED COMPETITION

Houston had its first loss of the season to Alabama Sunday, concluding a six-game winning streak. In that stretch, the Cougars outscored their opponents by 4.5 runs per game.

Baseball notches first win of season against Wichita State

The Texas State baseball team came into Saturday’s matchup against Wichita State trying to get their first win of the season. The Bobcats lost two straight against the Shockers by a combined 18 runs.

The Bobcats knew if they just stuck to the system and played their game that they would be able to get a victory in Wichita.

Texas State did just that on Saturday, as they notched a 7-4 win against the Shockers.

The team had one lead in the entire series until Granger Studdard, sophomore left fielder, hit a two-run single up the middle in the fourth inning to give Texas State a 4-1 lead.

Texas State gave up the lead later in the fourth inning, as the Shockers tied the game up at four. 

Baseball swept by Shockers in Friday double-header

The Texas State baseball team is continuing their slow start to the 2015 season. The Bobcats lost both of games in their double-header Friday, pushing its record to 0-5-1.

The Bobcats lost 14-1 to the Wichita State Shockers in the first game and 6-1 in Friday's double-header.

Texas State tried switching things up in game two, giving Pasquale Mazzoccoli, junior pitcher, his first start this season. Mazzoccoli pitched four innings and gave up three hits, but the Shockers took advantage of their opportunities by scoring three runs on those three hits.

Ty Harrington to take leave of absence

Coach Ty Harrington, diagnosed with rectal cancer in August 2014, will take a temporary leave of absence due to health reasons according to a Texas State athletics press release.

Assistant coach Jeremy Fikac replaces Harrington in the interim. 

Harrington's timetable is unknown. He will remain associated with the team during his absence.

Storylines to watch: Texas State vs. Wichita State

The Texas State baseball team began the season with pitching errors playing a large role.

Opponents have averaged eight runs per game against the Bobcats so far this season. The Bobcats are 0-3-1.

The team will travel to Wichita State this weekend to try and get the season back on track. This series will be the home opener for Wichita State. The teams will start with a doubleheader on Friday.

Getting the first win

It’s very hard to win in sports without the taste of victory. The Bobcats still have not gotten the satisfaction of victory.

A victory in one of the two games on Friday will go a long way for this team for the entire season.

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