College Baseball: State visits Texas

The Texas State Bobcats found some much-needed momentum with last weekend’s Western Athletic Conference series-opening win at New Mexico State.

Texas State won the last two games of the series, winning 10-3 on Saturday and 12-7 on Sunday; as Saturday’s victory snapped an eight-game road losing streak.

Tonight, the Bobcats will seek their first road win inside state lines when the team visits the University of Texas for a 6 p.m. game at UT’s Disch-Falk Stadium.

Texas State hasn’t fared well against UT in recent years with the Longhorns winning the last 15 meetings. Texas State suffered losses of 6-1 and 2-0 last season at UT and hasn’t beaten the Longhorns since April 27, 2005.

The Longhorns, who face the Bobcats unranked for the first time since 1998, are 14-9 overall this season after taking two of three games last weekend at Minnesota. The Longhorns own a 12-4 mark at home.

Texas is hitting .269 as a team, led by junior outfielder Mark Payton, who is hitting .415 with 15 RBIs and four homers. Junior infielder Eric Weiss is UT’s second-leading hitter, batting .325, with 13 RBIs and two home runs.

Chad Hollingsworth (3-1) was the Longhorns’ last Tuesday-night starter, suffering a 4-3 loss at Houston.

The Bobcats, by comparison, own a team batting average of .262 led by sophomores Cody Lovejoy and Garrett Mattlage. Lovejoy is hitting .365 with five RBIs in 63 at-bats, while Mattlage is batting .319 with a team-leading 14 RBIs. He’s also the only Bobcat to start in all 23 games.

Senior Mitchell Pitts (0-3, 6.63 ERA) will likely get the start on the mound for the Bobcats, having last pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief Friday night at New Mexico State.

Following tonight’s game, the Bobcats will resume Western Athletic Conference play when the team opens a three-game home series Friday against Seattle U.