Texas too much for the Bobcats
AUSTIN — When Texas State head coach Ty Harrington sent junior Donnie Hart and sophomore Austen Williams to the mound March 26 against Texas, their jobs were simple. Hart and Williams had to stop the bleeding and provide a bridge to junior closer Hunter Lemke, while the offense mounted a rally.
Exactly 14 days later, Hart and Williams didn’t have enough gauze to save the Bobcats. By the time Hart and Williams pitched, the Longhorns already turned Texas State into a mangled mess.
Texas systematically and thoroughly dismantled the Bobcats in a 12-5 win Tuesday night at Disch-Falk Field. In addition to the most runs scored in the series since April 28, 2009, the Longhorns — who won their 17th consecutive game in the series — put up season-high hit (16) and run totals.
“I’m disappointed with the outcome of the game,” Harrington said. “I thought, at times, we had decent at-bats; but I was disappointed that we didn’t do a decent job of pitching.”
Outside of Hart and Williams, who combined to pitch two no-hit innings, Texas State’s hurlers failed to step into their moment. Harrington sent four other pitchers to the mound (freshman Lucas Humpal, redshirt freshman Jeremy Hallonquist, redshirt freshman Andrew Boes, Lemke) and they got absolutely shelled.
Humpal and Hallonquist, who each started games against Texas this season, suffered the brunt of the attack. The former allowed five runs on seven hits — including a long home run — while the latter saw the Longhorns nearly bat around in his inning of work.
“They’ve got to get back out there,” Harrington said of his pitchers. “They’re who we have and we got to make them better.
“If you’ve got to get out there and face the best to get your experience, then that’s what you got to do.”
Supposing the Bobcats (12-20) threw as well as they did in past games in Austin, they had a pretty good chance to win thanks to their offense.
Texas State jumped on Texas (18-13) early when sophomore shortstop Garrett Mattlage reached base after being hit by a pitch, one of five on the night for the Bobcats. Mattlage later came around to score on an RBI single by senior designated hitter Andrew Stumph. It was Stumph’s first RBI since March 9.
“You could see that the enthusiasm was up after I got the hit,” Stumph said. “We just got to keep getting big hits from the whole team in situations.”
Texas State never kept it going, as it fell behind 9-2 by the top of the fifth inning. Single runs crossed the plate in the fifth, eighth and ninth, but couldn’t offset an offensive explosion by the previously dormant Longhorns.