Good As Gold On Goldy Night

The Bobcats honored current MLB All Star and Arizona Diamondback, Paul Goldschmidt, on Wednesday evening with the retirement of his jersey, and a stunning upset of the #3 ranked Houston Cougars, 7-6.

(Courtesy of Texas State Athletics)

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State parlayed Sunday’s win over Wichita State into a stunning 7-6 victory over No. 3 Houston on Goldy Night Wednesday, the same night the Bobcats retired the No. 37 jersey of MLB All Star and former Bobcat Paul Goldschmidt. With the win, Texas State improves to 2-5-1.

Senior righty Blake Whitter turned in an impressive outing with 4.1 innings, three strikeouts and just one run to earn the victory in relief. Whitter stymied the Houston bats, which were hitting .290 coming into the game. All three of his strikeouts caught the Cougars looking and he kept them off balance as they never registered consecutive hits against him.

In addition to Whitter’s three strikeouts, Cory Geisler finished with four, three of which flew by Cougars with bats on their shoulders. Houston had no answer for Geisler through four innings, only registering one hit off him in the first four innings.

Texas State helped the pitchers out with runs in the third and fourth innings. Freshman catcher Jared Huber knocked a single in the third to get on base and Cody Lovejoy followed with one of his own, legging out an infield single. The second baseman, in a rush to throw Lovejoy out, committed a throwing error to allow Huber to put the Bobcats on the board and Lovejoy to advance to third.

Cedric Vallieres laid down a beautiful bunt down the third base line after that to plate Lovejoy and put the Bobcats on top, 2-0, headed to the fourth. The Bobcat defense kept momentum with a 4-6-3 double play from Vallieres, Luke Sherley and Ben McElroy in the top of the fourth. A quick groundout finished the top of the inning for Houston.

McElroy led the bottom of the inning off with a single off the pitcher and went to second on a base knock up the middle from Colby Targun. McElroy and Targun both moved into scoring position on a single from Derek Scheible. With bases loaded, Houston pitcher David Longville felt the pressure and committed a balk to bring in McElroy, the first of four runs in the inning.

Huber followed with a squeeze bunt to plate Targun and Scheible scored on a passed ball. Next, Vallieres put the ball in play and Houston third baseman Corey Julks committed one of Houston’s three errors on the night. Huber took advantage for a score and a 6-0 Texas State lead after four innings.

Houston answered back with five runs in the top of the fifth inning. Behind five hits, four consecutive, the Cougars were able to close the gap to just one run. Scheible, however, stopped the run of consecutive hits with an outstanding diving catch in centerfield. Later, Whitter finished the inning with his first strikeout of the night. The Bobcats tallied seven between Whitter and Geisler.

After that, Texas State added another run in the sixth inning, thanks in large part to the work of Scheible. He led off with a six-pitch walk and stole second. He took third on a wild pitch and came in on a squeeze bunt from Sherley. The Bobcats held Houston without a run after that until the ninth inning when the Cougars were hoping for a rally. It didn’t happen.

Targun and Lovejoy led Texas State with two hits apiece. Lovejoy added a walk and an RBI while they both scored once. Vallieres, McElroy, Scheible and Huber also finished with a hit each with Vallieres, Huber and Sherley knocking RBIs.

Next, the Bobcats are scheduled for a four-game set against Central Michigan over the weekend with games at 3 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.

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