Austin, Texas – After falling behind by three runs early, Texas State rebounded to tie the game in the fourth inning against the Longhorns. Texas, however, put up runs in the sixth and seventh innings to secure a tough victory, 5-3, and drop the Bobcats to 9-15 on the season.
Redshirt freshman Jeremy Hallonquist started the game with just four appearances and one start under his belt. The Longhorns scored three runs when three of the first four batters hit singles, but Hallonquist quickly settled down and put in good work. After the first, he allowed just one hit in his remaining 3.1 innings.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats tied it up with two runs in the third and the tying run in the fourth. With two outs in the third, Texas starter Chad Hollingsworth walked J.D. Stinnett and Kevin Sah followed with a single to left field. Senior centerfielder and former Longhorn Morgan Mickan came up big with a double down the right line to score both runners.
In the fourth inning, Cody Lovejoy tied it up. He led off and took a pitch to the hip for a base. Ben McElroy followed with a strong hit through the left side, but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice the next at bat. When the second Texas pitcher of the night, Kirby Bellow, committed a throwing error trying to pick off Nick Smelser at first, Lovejoy took advantage at third to score the tying run.
After that, the Bobcats had chances for squeeze plays in the fifth and sixth innings, but just couldn’t get the bunts they needed down.
Texas regained the lead after four scoreless innings from the second through the fifth. In the bottom of the sixth, UT leading hitter Mark Payton hit a leadoff double followed by a walk for shortstop C.J. Hinojosa. An Alex Silver single plated Payton to make it 4-3 in favor of the Longhorns.
Later in the sixth, Austen Williams had runners at second and third with two outs and tallied a big strikeout on leftfielder Colllin Shaw to limit the scoring.
The Longhorns added another run in the seventh. Three consecutive singles from the three, four, five batters in the Texas lineup brought Erich Weiss in for the score. That would prove to be the last runs Texas needed for the win despite a ninth inning threat from a Colby Targun triple.
McElroy led the Bobcats with a 2-for-3 night while Sah also tallied two hits, scoring a run. Mickan knocked the two big RBI to put Texas State on the board. Targun’s triple was the sixth and final hit for Texas State while the Longhorns tallied 11 on the night.