College Baseball: Bobcats drop two at Sac State
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State had left four men on base in the first two innings, but the Hornets were able to score a few in the third, which was enough for a 3-2 win over Texas State in Friday night’s Western Athletic Conference series-opener.
On Saturday Texas State stranded 12 runners in a 7-5 loss to the Hornets.
Friday, Sac State put up four hits for three runs (one of which was unearned on an error at second base) in the bottom of the third and never trailed. The Bobcats tried to rally back with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, but fell short to fall to 5-2 in WAC play and 12-17 overall.
Freshman J.D. Stinnett led the Bobcats at the plate with a perfect 2-for-2 outing with a walk. Sophomore Colby Targun and Garrett Mattlage also knocked two hits, both going 2-for-4 with Targun scoring a run. Cody Lovejoy and Andrew Stumph knocked the other hits for the Bobcats as they put up eight on the day.
Sacramento State finished with 10 hits and stranded nine runners. Texas State left seven on base.
Taylor Black (2-4) pitched 6.2 innings in the start, giving up 10 hits, three runs, two earned. He walked two and struck out five, finishing with 115 pitches.
Texas State played strong defensive baseball throughout most of the game, aside from the costly error in the third.
Sacramento State posted four hits and benefited from an error with the bases loaded en route to their game-winning three runs. Rhys Hoskins and Will Soto drove in runs in the inning.
The Bobcats had their first scoring opportunity in the top of the third inning. Stinnett led off with an infield single and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt from Morgan Mickan. Stinnett took off for third on a fly ball from Kevin Sah, but a strikeout quickly ended the threat.
Tyler Pearson kept the Hornets at three runs with an outstanding play on a wild pitch. As the ball bounced away, Sacramento State’s Nathan Lukes tried to take home. As Pearson dove for the ball, he twisted around to make a pinpoint throw to Black as Lukes slid into home for the third out.
State scored its first run in the seventh as Targun led off with a stand-up double to right field, the moved to third on a single from Stinnett. Targun scored moments later on a wild pitch from Sac State relief pitcher Brandon Creel.
Trailing 3-1 in the top of the eighth, Lovejoy started the Bobcats off with a lead-off double down the left line, as Mattlage followed with a hard hit single off the glove of the third baseman to put runners at the corners with no outs.
After a pop fly, Sacramento State went to its third pitcher, lefty Tyler Hoelzen. Texas State pinch hitter Austin O’Neal came in and hit a sacrifice fly to score Lovejoy and pull the Bobcats within one, 3-2.
Defensively, Texas State kept the momentum going when Targun made a diving catch
on a foul ball for the first out of the bottom of the eighth inning. The Bobcats put away the next two Hornets quickly to move to the ninth.
Unfortunately, Texas State couldn’t get anything going in the final inning.
On Saturday, Sah and Mattlage had three hits each as Bobcat starter Scott Grist fell to 2-3 on the season after giving up seven runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings pitched.
The series finale is scheduled for 2 p.m. today.