TXST Notches 1st Win

The Bobcats used a 3-run 7th inning on Saturday afternoon, to help propel them to their first win of the season, 7-5, over Wichita State.

(Courtesy of TXST Athletics)

WICHITA, Kan. – Texas State was in control most of the day in the final game of the series against Wichita State, and broke the game open with three runs in the seventh inning to help the Bobcats to a 7-5 victory over the Shockers for Texas State’s first win of the season.

The Bobcats were first on the board with a run in the opening inning. Cody Lovejoy scored on a David Paiz double to left field to give Texas State the first lead.

Wichita State answered with a run in the bottom of the inning, but the Bobcats came back to score three runs in the top of the fourth. Paiz started the scoring in the inning when he came across on a throwing error from Wichita State on a sacrifice bunt from Theodore Hoffman. After that, Granger Studdard singled up the middle to score Hoffman and Ben McElroy for a 4-1 lead in the fourth. Unfortunately, Wichita State answered yet again, tying it with three runs in the bottom of the fourth.

With it tied, Colby Targun broke the game open with one swing of the bat in the seventh. After consecutive singles from Lovejoy and Cedric Vallieres, McElroy earned his team-leading sixth walk of the season. With bases loaded, Targun knocked a double to right field to clear the bases and put the Bobcats up, 7-4. Wichita State was able to salvage a run in the eighth, but Cory Geisler shut the Shockers down after that to get Texas State’s first save of the season.

At the plate, Paiz went an impressive 3-for-4 with a run, an RBI, a double and a walk. Meanwhile, Lovejoy, Vallieres and McElroy all tallied two hits in the game while McElroy added two walks. Targun and Studdard rounded out the offense with a hit each.

The Bobcats return home next to host No. 3 Houston on Tuesday at Bobcat Ballpark. It will be Goldy Night, as Texas State honors Major League Baseball All Star Paul Goldschmidt with a formal jersey retirement ceremony.

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