Bobcats secure sweep over SFA with walkoff win in series finale

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Texas State Baseball

Dylan Paul knew he hit the ball well. 

The senior left fielder launched a shot to deep center field that hit off the wall in the bottom of the ninth with the Bobcats trailing Stephen F. Austin, 6-5, and senior right fielder Derek Scheible standing at second.

Paul’s triple drove Scheible home to tie the game at 6-6. An error on SFA centerfielder Nick Daley allowed Paul to round third and score safely to win the game for Texas State, 7-6.

“I thought it honestly had a chance (of being a home run),” Paul said. “But I was getting around the bases just in case and sure enough a mistake was made and I took the best of it and got all the way there.”

Texas State (6-4) secured its first three-game sweep of the season with the series-finale win over the Lumberjacks (0-10) on Sunday. 

“It’s great (to get the sweep),” head coach Ty Harrington said. “We need those. We need to win. When you get opportunities to win at home, we go on the road a little bit next weekend, when you get a chance to win you need to take advantage of it. You get a chance to sweep somebody, obviously it’s important to get momentum.”

Texas State couldn’t generate offense early, while junior left-hander Brandon Lewis struggled on the mound. 

The Lumberjacks scored twice in the opening frame and a run in the second and third innings to take a 4-0 lead. The Bobcats responded in the bottom of the third with one run and added two runs in the fourth. But SFA extended its lead to 6-3 with two runs in the fifth inning. 

Texas State was able to score once in the fifth and put another run up in the eighth to get to within 6-5. 

The Bobcats began the bottom of the ninth with a walk from Scheible. Junior second baseman Jonathan Ortega moved Scheible over to second on a sacrifice bunt. Paul tied the game with his RBI triple and an error ended the game when he crossed home. 

“We needed this,” Paul said. “We really needed a sweep. We’re a really, really good team. Our record is okay, but I think we’re a lot better than what our record says. So, I mean, momentum is really good for this team right now. A bunch of guys haven’t figured it out and we’re still doing all right, so once they get going, the whole team gets going together and we’ll be scary.”

Texas State returns to action Tuesday against Rice inside Bobcat Ballpark at 6:30 p.m.

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