College Baseball: Texas State blanked again, swept by UT Arlington
From Staff Reports
ARLINGTON — For just the second time since Ty Harrington took over as head coach, the Texas State Bobcats were shut out in consecutive games.
Last Friday it was Zach Thompson and three relievers who baffled Texas State en route to a 1-0 win at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Less than 24 hours later, Brad Vachon and Keegan Hucul locked down the Bobcats and handed them another 1-0 loss.
Texas State was last blanked in back-to-back games 14 years ago when Northwestern State won 3-0 and 5-0 in Harrington’s first year.
“We didn’t hit,” Harrington said after Saturday’s loss. “We couldn’t piece anything together. They threw really well against us.”
There were chances for the Bobcats to score as they left six men on base, of which three were stranded at third base.
“We need to do a better job with our approach,” Harrington said. “With a guy on third, you need to roll the ball in the middle of the field. We're capable. This is just the way baseball is sometimes.”
While Texas State failed to score in 18 consecutive innings, it also held a hot-hitting team to just two runs over the same span.
“We pitched really, really well,” Harrington said. “If you give up one run per game against that lineup, you’ll take that 99 times out of 100.”
With the loss, the Bobcats fell to 28-26 overall and finished 16-14 in the Sun Belt Conference.
Texas State will now try to regroup as it looks to fight its way through the conference tournament, which begins Wednesday. Last Friday's loss gauranteed the Bobcats the fourth seed and they'll face Western Kentucky in the first round.
• Tyler Mayforth