Bobcats open weekend with dominating performance against McNeese State

Photo by Gerald Castillo

Texas State Baseball

Nick Fraze put together another strong outing Friday night.

The sophomore right-hander struck out six against Oklahoma State in his first start of the season on Feb. 16. But Texas State couldn’t put runs on the board and Fraze took the loss.

He threw six strikeouts and only allowed two hits in seven innings of work on Friday against McNeese State (0-5). This time the Bobcat offense aided his effort on the mound.

Twelve runs of support to be exact.

Texas State (2-3) opened its three-game series with a 12-1 win over the Cowboys in front of 1,244 fans inside Bobcat Ballpark.

“(The offense) always puts up run for me,” Fraze said. “Last week they didn’t, but they were due and it was great to have a lot of runs (Friday).”

Fraze’s slider has been working well for him in his first two starts. He commanded the pitch well and used it to his advantage Friday.

“His first-pitch abilities were good and he was ahead (of the count) more times than he wasn’t,” head coach Ty Harrington said. “This is a new breaker for him that he went to not too long ago. So, it’s the second game out that his slider has been really, really good. I mean, he changed what he was doing with it, and I thought his slider command was good. I also thought his fastball on the inner part of the plate (Friday) was really, really good.”

Texas State struck first with a run in the first inning and added to the lead with another run in the fourth.

But the Bobcat offense exploded in the fifth inning. Juniors Jonathan Ortega, Ryan Newman and Jaylen Hubbard all hit RBI singles, and senior Dylan Paul hit an RBI groundout to bring home five runs and extend the Texas State advantage to 7-0.

McNeese State scored its lone run in the seventh when junior left fielder Shane Selman hit a double, advanced to third on a fly-ball, and scored on an error by Texas State senior catcher Jared Huber on a pickoff attempt.

But the Bobcats answered with another five-run inning in the bottom frame. Ortega added his second RBI of the night. Senior center fielder Derek Scheible notched two RBIs with a double to deep center. Sophomore designed hitter Cole Coffey added an RBI with a groundout.

Texas State secured its second win of the season with the 12-1 victory over the Cowboys.

“It feels to go (to win),” Fraze said. “I think we’re just going to keep going, keep working hard and just get another two wins.”

The Bobcats continue their series against McNeese State on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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