College Baseball: UTA upends TXST in 14 innings
ARLINGTON — Once Texas State completed a 7-2 win last Friday night over UT Arlington, Ty Harrington’s ball club had a feeling its other games at Clay Gould Ballpark wouldn’t be as easy.
Such was the case last Saturday when the Bobcats battled the Mavericks for the better part of four hours. Texas State and UTA went 14 innings before a winner could be decided.
When the dust settled in Arlington, the Bobcats relinquished their stranglehold on second place in the Western Athletic Conference. A game-winning single by Maverick second baseman Darien McLemore sent Texas State to its first loss in four games.
After three scoreless innings, UTA got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Back-to-back singles and back-to-back errors by Bobcat senior left fielder Kevin Sah proved to be the difference maker.
Sah continued to have problems in the field an inning later. UTA left fielder Jake Pinchback singled and advanced to second on a throwing error by Sah, which allowed Greg McCall to score from third.
Texas State answered with a run in the sixth and three runs in the seventh. Back-to-back sixth-inning doubles brought in the first run (Garrett Mattlage and Ben McElroy), while Andrew Stumph dropped in a bloop single to score three runs an inning later.
Stumph continues to move up the Bobcats’ all-time charts, as his hit total puts him sixth overall and his RBI total has him fifth. Should Stumph get four more hits and four more RBI, he’ll move up one place in each category.
Texas State led 4-3 going into the bottom of the eighth, but junior relief pitcher Donnie Hart couldn’t keep the Mavericks at bay. Hart allowed one run on two hits and threw a wild pitch.
Each team put up zeroes in the next two innings until the Bobcats struck in the top of the 11th when junior catcher Tyler Pearson belted a home run. It was Pearson’s first home run of the season.
Texas State then turned to sure-handed closer Hunter Lemke to shut the door. Lemke, like Hart, couldn’t shut the door and UTA tied the game. If Lemke closed it out, it would have tied him for the single-season record with nine saves.
Neither team scored in the next two innings and then the Mavericks struck with two men on in the 14th. A sacrifice bunt put men on second and third for McElmore, who knocked in the winning run.
Sunday's final game is scheduled for 1 p.m.