Bobcats Down Birds, 11-7

The Bobcats used a seven run 7th inning to roar back against UTSA on Tuesday evening, in order to win their 6th game in 8 tries.

(Courtesy of Texas State Athletics)

SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Bobcats exploded for seven runs in the seventh inning, all with two outs, to beat UTSA, 11-7, in this season’s first baseball installment of the I-35 Rivalry. Texas State was dangerous all night with two outs, scoring nine of their runs with just one out left in the inning. Despite trailing for six and a half innings, the Bobcats showed their resiliency with seven unanswered runs to win it.

As has been the case lately, the Bobcats called on senior Blake Whitter to close out the game. With bases loaded in the eighth, he did just that. He induced a short grounder that catcher Jared Huber was able to field for a double play, stepping on home plate and sending it to first base in time. After that, Whitter struck two batters out in the ninth to secure the win.

Jeremy Hallonquist threw seven strikeouts in just 3.1 innings of middle relief, only allowing two earned runs. After him, Joe Powell gave up just one hit with a strikeout in two innings of work to get his first win of the season.

The story of the night, however, were the Bobcat bats. Cedric Vallieres kept his four-game streak of at least two runs and two RBI, scoring three runs Tuesday night and belting his team-leading fourth home run of the year. Granger Studdard and Cory Geisler went 3-for-5 while Geisler scored two runs with an RBI and Studdard knocked two RBI. Freshman Dylan Paul was 1-for-4 but made it count with two RBI to put the Bobcats ahead for good.

With two outs in the seventh, Zach Sullivan started the offense with a single to right field. Tanner Hill, pinch hitting, singled up the middle after UTSA couldn’t handle a foul pop up for the third out. After that, freshman Derek Scheible followed with a walk to load the bases.

Theodore Hoffman worked the count full and earned a bases-loaded walk for an RBI. After that, Paul knocked his double to left centerfield to score two runs and Hoffman came in on a throwing error on the play to put the Bobcats up, 8-7. Geisler kept the momentum rolling with a double down the right line and Vallieres reached next on another UTSA error. Geisler scored on the two-base error and Vallieres came in a batter later when Studdard knocked a single to left field. With that, the Bobcats never looked back.

To keep the Bobcats in the game early, Vallieres singled and David Paiz earned one of his two walks on the night. With both runners on base, a Studdard double scored Vallieres. Paiz came in a moment later on a wild pitch for Texas State’s first two runs of the game.

In the fifth, Vallieres knocked his home run after a leadoff single from Geisler to close the deficit to just three runs, 7-4, in favor of UTSA. Then the seventh inning came and the Bobcats clinched it.

Texas State heads to South Alabama next with games scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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