Bobcats Take Series Opener From SFA
March 16, 2012
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Travis Ballew struck out eight Lumberjacks and the No. 20 Texas State Bobcats gave him plenty of run support as the `Cats took a 6-1 win over Stephen F. Austin on Friday in the series opener at Bobcat Ballpark.
Texas State (12-5, 3-1 SLC) hit a pair of homers in the first five innings off of SFA (6-11, 1-3 SLC) starter Justin Choate, which was plenty for Ballew who was making his first Friday start of the year. Ballew moved to 4-1 on the year after tossing 7.2 innings and allowing just seven singles, while Choate fell to 0-4 after giving up six runs in 4.2 innings with four strikeouts.
A solo homer from Jeff McVaney and an RBI double from Cody Gambill put the Bobcats out in front and on the board in the second inning before SFA managed to get on the scoreboard itself when Bryce Cummings delivered a two-out RBI single an inning later to cut the lead in half.
SFA had a chance to tie it up in the third with singles from Ricardo Sanchez and Jarid Scarafiotti putting runners on the corners with just one out, but Ballew got Max Lamantia to ground into a double play to end what would be the final SFA scoring threat until the ninth inning.
Texas State added three more in the fourth with a two-out rally that started with a walk to Garrett Mattlage after Choate had retired the first to `Cats of the inning. A single and a walk followed and Cody Lovejoy gave Texas State some breathing room with a bloop single that scored a pair. Tyler Sibley singled in a run one batter later and Texas State moved into the fifth with a comfortable 5-1 lead.
Casey Kalenkosky added another run in the fifth with a solo homer and Andrew Stumph chased Choate from the mound with a two-out double, which ended up being the final hit of the night for the Bobcats as the bullpen combo of Fabian Arcizo and Cass Ingvardsen entered to toss 3.1 hitless frames to close out the game.
SFA will try and even the series on Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. first pitch scheduled at Bobcat Ballpark. Colton Eubanks is set to get the start for the `Jacks versus Texas State sophomore righty Kyle Finnegan.