Walk-Off!

What a way to start the season. While the Wolverines bats were blistering to start the contest, it was Texas State who scored 5 runs over the final 4 innings for the exciting 10th inning walk-off win.

Texas State would enter the 7th inning trailing 7-3 and the bats would shortly come alive thereafter for the Bobcats. 3B David Paiz, who went 3 for 5 on the day, would lead off with a single to center. The next batter, SS Garrett Mattlage, would line a triple to left field plating Paiz. Mattlage led TXST with 3 RBI's on the day.

Michigan would go 1-2-3 in the top of the 8th and Texas State would continue scratching out runs. Fighting to load the bases with 2 outs, it was Mattlage once more with the big stick. He would single back up the middle plating CF Matt Sanchez and DH Cody Lovejoy, making it a 7-6 game. Catcher Tyler Pearson would follow taking an 0-1 pitch and putting it through the right side of the infield to score Paiz and tie it all up, 7-7. The Bobcats had trailed 5-0 entering the bottom of the 3rd and rallied all the way back to tie.

Credit the Bobcat pitching staff. After a shaky start, they would settle down and only give up 1 run over the remaining 6 plus innings. With better pitching and hot bats, it set up for the perfect finish. Lovejoy would draw a lead off walk to start the bottom of the 10th. He'd get sacrificed over to 2B and then David Paiz came up swinging first pitch. A single to left field would send the Bobcats and it's faithful into a frenzy. On opening day, Texas State rallied from a 5-0 deficit to trump the Michigan Wolverines, 8-7 on Friday evening from Bobcat Ballpark. The game took every bit of 4 hours and 22 minutes to wrap up.

Texas State continues hosting it's season opening tournament and turns around Saturday afternoon for a 2 p.m. first pitch against the Washington Huskies of the PAC 12.

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