Bobcats even series with 10-1 win over Oklahoma State

Texas State Baseball

Connor Reich dazzled with eight strikeouts in seven innings pitched, while the Bobcat offense put up 10 runs on 12 hits to even its series with Oklahoma State

The Bobcats bounced back from their opening-night loss to secure a 10-1 win over the Cowboys on Saturday inside Bobcat Ballpark.

“You could see the look in their eye of we’re going to go out and play better (Saturday),” head coach Ty Harrington said. “You know, it’s never guaranteed in this game that’s what’s so crazy about sports, in general, but baseball for sure. But they (had) a little bit more determined look about them. They wanted to play better than what they played (Friday) night. Sometimes that’s important because, you know, it helps you win but it also helps you gain your confidence about something.”

Reich didn't allow a walk Saturday and only gave up two runs. The junior righty's strong outing was paced by his ability to throw first-pitch strikes, Harrington said.

“I don’t know the last time that we’ve had a pitcher go out there in a game and throw so many first-pitch strikes and being in total command of his, not only his stuff, but his emotions (Saturday) too,” Harrington said. “I thought that’s as good as I’ve seen Connor … So, you don’t ever know what you’re going to get when a different color jersey shows up, but I’m really proud of the way he handled himself.”

The Bobcat offense struck first with one run in the first inning, and exploded in the second inning with five runs. Texas State’s offense brought home three more runs in fifth inning, and scored its final run in the sixth inning. Senior right fielder Derek Scheible, junior first baseman Ryan Newman, junior third baseman Jaylen Hubbard each recorded two RBIs.

Texas State’s offense benefited most from its two-out hitting by scoring seven runs with two outs.

“We definitely won the two-out battle (Saturday), which is where is games a lot of times are won with two outs,” Harrington said. “You know, you’re one pitch away from getting into your own dugout and then all of a sudden you get a hit and I think we had at least five in there and they were all with two outs. So, our ability to score with two out and have great at-bats with two outs was really, really key to us offensively.”

The Bobcats committed five errors against Oklahoma State on Friday, but only had one error Saturday. Harrington said the team came out more ambitious to improve its fielding.

“We’ll play better defense,”  Harrington said. “We still, and that’s on me, we still aren’t quite where, obviously, I want it to be because I think we’re capable of playing really clean ball. But I think they approached the baseball, went after the baseball a little bit better today.”

Texas State looks to win the series against the Cowboys on Sunday at 1 p.m. Junior left-hander Brandon Lewis will take the mound for the Bobcats during the series finale.

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