Bobcats fall to Oklahoma State on opening night

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Texas State Baseball

It was an uncharacteristic night for Texas State on Friday.

The Bobcats, who are used to stringing together runs and playing solid defense, committed five errors and were held to two runs against Oklahoma State.

Texas State dropped its opening-night game, 6-2, against the Cowboys.

“I take away that we didn’t play defense,” head coach Ty Harrington said. “This bunch is going to play good defense. And so, we didn’t take care of the baseball, they all understand that. It’s uncharacteristic of what this team is.”

The Bobats received a strong outing from sophomore righty Nick Fraze, who threw six strikeouts and only allowed one hit in 5.1 innings pitched. Harrington was impressed with the sophomore’s outing in front of 2,213 inside Bobcat Ballpark.

“I thought (Fraze’s) stuff was really good,” Harrington said. “I thought his breaker was good. He was fatiguing when we went to get him. He was at 90 (pitches). We pushed that we would get to 80-90 pitches.”

But Texas State’s offense struggled to get runners beyond first base. The Bobcats put runners on first during the first four innings, but couldn’t advance them farther.

“We had a handful of offensive moments against really good arms,” Harrington said. “We had a handful of offensive moments but I thought we got a little uncharacteristically for the maturity of this team … I think we had some guys that were trying to do a lot.”

Despite Fraze’s performance and the offensive woes, it was the Bobcats’ errors that hurt them. Oklahoma State brought home the first run of the game in the sixth inning when two-errors allowed its runner to score. The Cowboys followed with a two-run home run to escape the sixth with 3-0 advantage.

Oklahoma State added two runs in the seventh to push its lead out 5-0. The Bobcats broke through on a double play in the eighth inning, which allowed junior second baseman Jonathan Ortega to score.

The Cowboys added a run in the ninth, and Texas State was able to bring home another run in the bottom frame. But the Bobcats couldn’t rally and dropped the opening game.

Oklahoma State sophomore pitcher Jonathan Heasley notched the win for the Cowboys. Harrington attributed Texas State’s offensive struggles to Heasley’s six strikeout performance.

“I thought their Friday-night guy was really good tonight,” Harrington said. “I’m just guessing he was getting those (pitches) up to 94-95 (mph), I’m sure. But we had a handful of chance to do some things. We led off a couple times. Got the leadoff guy on and didn’t move a guy once, and we got picked (off), and did a couple of base running things. You know, it’s part of the game, and I think we got out of what we do.”

Harrington is confident his team will bounce back after Friday’s game. The Bobcats continue their three-game series with Oklahoma State on Saturday at 4 p.m. in San Marcos.


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