State drops seventh straight to Bearkats

College Baseball

Texas State hasn’t figured out Sam Houston State since leaving the Southland.

Well to be exact, the Bobcats’ recent losing streak to its former conference foe actually started during their last season in the Southland in 2012 going 0-3, but 2011 was the last time Texas State notched a win.

Tuesday night’s 7-4 loss inside Bobcat Ballpark was the team’s seventh straight loss to the Bearkats  and one where head coach Ty Harrington didn’t mince words after the game.

 “I thought we got outplayed, I thought we got out-competed, certainly got out-executed,” Harrington said. “They did a much better job playing the game of baseball tonight than we did and I think the score reflects that.”

Junior pitcher Cam Baird got off to a shaky start, but didn’t receive much relief from his defense. Baird walked lead-off hitter Bryce Johnson in the top of the first and gave up an RBI-single to Andrew Fregia a batter later. A throwing error from third base Jaylen Hubbard scored the Bearkats’ second run to put Texas State(3-6) in a 2-0 hole early.

Baird lasted until the top of the third inning after Sam Houston State (4-4) went up 3-1 following an RBI-single from Clayton Harp before being relieved by Braden Pearson. Baird surrendered five hits, a walk and one earned run in 2 2/3s innings worked.

Pearson retired the Bearkat-side in order during the top of the fourth, his first full inning, and junior Travon Benton brought the Bobcats to within one run in the bottom of the fourth. Benton’s RBI-single down the middle scored Hubbard to make it 4-3. Benton went 2-for-4 after claiming just two hits over the weekend’s three-game series at Oklahoma State.

“I had a bad week last week,” Benton said. “I wasn’t executing in my approach and today I just really worked on executing my approach and just tried to stay back in the middle of the field and had a better day today.”

After walking three batters over two innings, including two batters in just five pitches, Pearson was replaced by Brayden Theriot in the top of the sixth.

“We’ve been there before so it’s hard to figure, but we certainly got to get better with our command out there,” Harrington said. “It’s a fine line and a walk’s the same thing as a base hit when you get a runner and when you get a team that can run like they can, you’re asking them to particularly run guys and you’re asking them to be able to execute what they do offensively.”

Theriot giving up a single to left field in the top of the seventh and assistant coach Jeremy Fikac came out for a chat on the mound, but kept the sophomore in. The next at-bat, Theriot gave up a three-run homer to Blake Chisolm to put the game to bed. Chisolm finished with three hits in five at-bats.

“I think they have a very good baseball team, I don’t want to take anything away from what they’ve done,” Harrington said. “I think Matt (Deggs) has done a really great job. If you’re not prepared they’ll take advantage of some things and I thought they did that tonight.”

Texas State has a chance to bounce back with a three-game series against Richmond starting Friday at 6 p.m.

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