College Baseball: Errors prove costly in Texas State's loss to UL Lafayette
LAFAYETTE, La. — Over his last two starts, Lucas Humpal has been nearly unhittable.
When Humpal toed the rubber two weeks ago against Georgia State, one of the best-hitting lineups in the Sun Belt Conference didn’t stand a chance. Humpal took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and never appeared to labor during his eight-inning stint.
Fast forward seven days and Humpal frustrated UL Lafayette equally as much in an eventual 2-0 loss by Texas State. Humpal held the third-ranked Ragin’ Cajuns to just one hit, but errors and a lack of control hurt him — and in turn, the Bobcats.
Through four innings, Texas State and UL Lafayette were locked in a scoreless tie. Less than 24 hours earlier, the Bobcats beat up on the Ragin’ Cajuns and posted a 10-3 win.
With offense hard to come by, Texas State had to rely on its defense and Humpal’s arm if it wanted to snap a streak of 12 consecutive weekend series wins by UL Lafayette. Both were up to the task until the Ragin’ Cajuns batted in the fifth inning.
Following back-to-back strikeouts, Humpal hit Chase Compton with a pitch after a 12-pitch at-bat. Compton made it to third on a throwing error by Garrett Mattlage and scored after Humpal walked Blake Trahan and Ryan Wilson on nine combined pitches.
Humpal backed himself into a corner in the next inning when he hit the lead-off batter with a pitch and two batters later, committed a throwing error. Soon enough head coach Ty Harrington chose to go with Dylan Bein and eventually the Bobcats walked in another run with the bases loaded.
Down two runs, Texas State’s best chance to do some damage came in the top of the ninth when it got two men on with two outs. Cameron Friess was then hit by a pitch and Cory Geisler came up with the bases loaded. Geisler saw three pitches and struck out with the bat on his shoulder for the game’s final out.
Despite out-hitting the Ragin’ Cajuns for the third consecutive game (8-1), the Bobcats never found offensive momentum. Texas State left 10 men on base.
With the loss, the Bobcats fell to 24-20 overall and 12-9 in the Sun Belt Conference. UL Lafayette improved to 39-6 and 18-3 in league play.