It took 13 innings and five different pitchers to beat the Houston Baptist Huskies 3-2 on Tuesday. The Huskies came into Bobcat Field on a four game winning streak, and the Bobcats had dropped four of their last five.
The game started with Sophomore Travis Ballew getting his first career start at home, and was able to chew up three innings, allowing only two hits and one earned run. That run came in the third inning when second basemen David Pfuntner was hit by a pitch and then moved to second on a sac bunt. Designated hitter Robbie Buller then singled to move Pfunter to third, and came home on a fielder’s choice ground out.
Junior third baseman Kyle Kubitza helped Texas State respond with a line drive home run to right field, and the Bobcats then took the lead in the bottom of the fifth thanks to an RBI single by freshman shortstop Christian Gallegos.
The Huskies came back in the eighth with what could very well be the longest home run in the history of the young Bobcat Field when Buller smashed a solo homer over the left field wall. For perspective, the ball sailed over the softball field score board and landed past the softball field's centerfield wall.
The game fell silent until the thirteenth inning when Bret Atwood singled to lead it off. Atwood stole third and was able to come home on a wild throw to that third basemen Tanner Kalina couldn't glove.
As a team, the Bobcats recorded 18 strikeouts by five different pitchers in a three hour and twenty minute marathon. The Bobcats now improve to 14–0 all time against Houston Baptist, and move on to play this weekend in a three game set against Southeastern Louisiana. Catch all of those games on 89.9 FM KTSW or ktsw.net.
Sam Howell, KTSW Sports
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