The art of recovery is a trait most quality teams share, and on Sunday, Texas State baseball showed that they have the right stuff. Twice bouncing back after falling behind, the Bobcats (23-12; 13-5 SLC) were able to tame the Southeastern Louisiana Lions (24-13; 10-8 SLC) and come out on top with a 7-5 win.
After starting pitcher Colton Turner gave up a run in the top of the first, junior third baseman Kyle Kubitza quickly erased the deficit with a two run bomb in the bottom of the inning that clanked off the right field scoreboard to take the lead, 2-1. Turner settled down and only give up a total of two earned runs over his four total innings pitched, before senior right hander Fielding Pittman came on in relief.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Bobcats found themselves trailing once more, this time 5-4, after sloppy defense in the top half of the inning put them in a rut. Junior first baseman Casey Kalenkosky didn't mind though, as he sent a long fly ball over the left field wall, plating two more Bobcat runs, and a lead they would not relinquish.
Holding a two run lead in the seventh inning, head coach Ty Harrington called his multi-talented upper-classman, junior Jeff McVaney, in from his left field position and onto the bump. McVaney didn't disappoint as he pitched the final 2 2/3 innings while holding the Lions scoreless to preserve the Texas State victory.
With the win, the Bobcats stay tied atop the Southland Conference with the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. You can catch the game tomorrow against Texas Tech on 89.9 FM or ktsw.net.
Aaron Alaniz, KTSW Sports
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