The Horns added a run in the top of the fifth as Thigpen delivered a two-out, RBI single to left after a hit batter and a walk had placed runners on first and second. The Bobcats answered with a run of their own in the top of the sixth to make it a 3-1 game as Matt Miller followed consecutive singles by Evan Tierce and Richard Martinez with a sacrifice fly to right that scored Tierce.
Following a scoreless seventh, UT padded its lead with a run in the bottom of the eighth as Drew Stubbs doubled with one out and then scored on the combination of an infield single from J.D. Reininger and an errant throw. Trailing by three in its final at bat, Texas State received a leadoff single from Miller, but Cody rolled a double-play ball and then struck out the fourth batter he faced to give UT the win.
While Boone earned his first collegiate victory after allowing two hits over four frames, Cody picked up his first career save after fanning three over 2-2/3 scoreless innings. Paving the way for the Texas offense on the afternoon were Thigpen and Johnston, who each went 2-for-4 while combining for one run scored and two RBI.
The Longhorns now head to California for a three-game series at No. 3 Stanford, beginning Friday, 8 p.m. Central.