Rhett McCaffety came in as a relief pitcher for the Bobcats versus the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.
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Chase Mora tags out a runner trying to take second base.
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Texas State falls to Southern Miss
Texas State could not overcome an early deficit as the Bobcats fell to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles 4-2 in the conference opener.
Despite the loss, head coach Steven Trout said he was proud of his team’s ability to chase Southern Miss starting pitcher Tanner Hall out of the game in the fifth inning.
“It was obviously a good one,” Trout said. “Their guy was really good. We did a good job of grinding out at bats and getting him out early. We just couldn’t get to their lefty (Sivley).”
Though the Bobcats competing against the Golden Eagles wasn’t the issue, Texas State looks to refocus in the next two outings.
“I liked our competitiveness,” Trout said. “I just want to see a little better execution. Got to wake up tomorrow and get ready to face another good pitcher.”
It was a rough start for starter Cameron Bush who allowed four hits and three runs.
Southern Miss struck first blood with a RBI single towards left field in the second inning to take an early 1-0 lead.
The Golden Eagles capitalized on another RBI single in the third inning to extend their lead before a wild pitch made it 3-0.
One of the positives in the game for Texas State was the strength of the Bobcat bullpen.
After Bush was pulled after three innings, Texas State allowed only two hits and one run from the combination of Rhett Mc-Caffery, Jonathan Martinez, Carson Keithley, and Otto Wofford with the lone run being a solo home run in the seventh inning.
Trout was happy with his bullpen pulling through to give the team a shot at winning the game.
“Rhett did a really good job,” Trout said. “He went through the entire (Southern Miss) lineup which was our plan from him. We are still trying to find more depth up there (Bullpen) and those guys gave us a chance.”
One of the main struggles for the Bobcats was the offense.
Despite coming off an eight-run performance against the No. 11 TCU Horned Frogs, the Bobcats could only muster four hits and two runs against the Southern Miss pitching staff.
Those runs came when the Bobcats took advantage of a Southern Miss throwing error in the sixth inning that allowed shortstop Davis Powell to score on the fielder's choice by designated hitter August Ramerez.
The second run also came in the sixth inning when freshman second baseman Chase Mora hit an RBI single towards left field to score senior outfielder Jose Gonzales.
Trout said he now wants the team to refocus on what makes the Bobcat offense so explosive by attacking the middle of the field.
“We just have to get back to what we are doing,” Trout said. “That is hitting towards the middle of the field. It felt that we were pulling off the baseball too much tonight which was what that guy makes you do.”
Texas State was set to return to play Saturday at 2:30 p.m before closing out its three game series Sunday.
First pitch today is set at 1 p.m at Bobcat Ballpark.