Texas State head coach Ty Harrington rolled the dice Tuesday night in a 3-0 win over Baylor.
Harrington sent Mitchell Pitts to the mound despite the senior pitcher not seeing a live hitter in more than a month after a setback from offseason Tommy John surgery. Then Harrington called on sophomore shortstop Garrett Mattlage — the team’s No. 3 hitter — to lay down a sacrifice bunt early in the first inning.
Both gambles paid off for the Bobcats in front of 1,775 fans at Bobcat Ballpark.
Pitts gave Texas State three scoreless innings and Mattlage advanced the runners to where all senior designated hitter Andrew Stumph had to do was continue swinging a hot bat. Stumph did and it gave the Bobcats all the breathing room they needed.
“What you see (from Pitts) is experience, but what you really see is guts,” Harrington said. “He got the game started off the right way.
“Usually you don’t sac bunt in the first inning, but we were coming off a weekend where we did have some momentum and I wanted to score early. It worked out for us.”