Walk Off!

TXST sure didn't do it the easy way, but in what was a slug fest, the Bobcats were able to get a key 2-out hit in extra innings to notch their second straight win over UC-Riverside, 8-7.

Saturday afternoon's game totaled 15 runs on 27 hits and it was that 27th hit that helped send the Bobcats into the winners circle.

Facing deficits most of the game, Texas State would plate a run in the bottom of the 7th when outfielder/pitcher Cory Geisler singled through the left side to drive in 3B David Paiz. Geisler had seen action on the mound against Michigan and Rice previously, but Head Coach Ty Harrington decided to put him into the batting lineup against Riverside and it paid off. On the afternoon he would go 3 for 4 and tied with a team leading 2 RBI's on the day.

Both teams would go scoreless until the 10th frame and 1300 plus fans of BobcatNation were treated to free baseball. Again, Texas State would not choose the easy route. Senior Hunter Lemke who came out with 2 down in the top of the 9th, went back out to the mound and ran into some quick trouble. Riverside would lead off the 10th with a triple and the next batter would bring him home putting Riverside back in position to close it out, 7-6. Lemke would retire the next three batters he faced.

The offense would pick Lemke up right away and with only three outs left for Texas State to respond, the Bobcats would. Junior, Cody Lovejoy, who hit as the DH, would start the walk-off rally with a single. A sac bunt would get him to 2B, SS Garrett Mattlage would walk, another ground out would advance them both to 3B and 2B. With 2 outs and potentially down to their last batter, the Bobcats sent freshman Granger Studdard to the plate. On an 0-1 count, he would single back through the left side plating Lovejoy and an off line throw from LF allowed Mattlage to rumble in, sending the Bobcats into "Walk Off" celebration mode.

Junior pitcher Taylor Black drew the start, but finished with a bumpy outing of giving up 9 hits, and 5 runs in 5 innings worked. Hunter Lemke with his 1 and 1/3 innings did draw the win for the 'Cats, moving him to 2-0 on the year.

It wasn't easy, but the bobcats battled and with the win have taken the first two games of the series and have set up a potential 3 game sweep of Riverside with the finale set for Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. On the young season Texas State is now 4-2 and 4-1 and Bobcat Ballpark.

Talk about TXST's 8-7 win over UC Riverside in our Eat'em Up 'Cats Forum.

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