Junior righthander Mitchell Pitts came through when his Bobcats needed him most, tossing a complete game, three-hit shutout against Southeastern Louisiana in a 4-0 Saturday afternoon win.
Pitts was nearly flawless as he struck out only four, but didn’t allow a hit after the fourth inning while the Bobcat bats picked him up following a sluggish series opener, an 8-5 loss the night before.
Junior first baseman Ory Kalenkosky paced the offense with a 3-for-4 day at the plate, including an RBI and two runs scored. Junior third baseman Kyle Kubitza was 2-for-4 and started the offense moving when he laced a one out triple to the wall in the bottom of the first, coming home on a sac fly. Kalenkosky stretched the lead to 2-0 after he tagged his league-leading thirteenth home run over the left field wall in the next inning, a solo shot that brought the crowd to its feet immediately.
The fifth inning started with a single from senior centerfielder Bret Atwood, and sophomore catcher Andrew Stumph drove in his second run with a ground ball up the middle. Junior shortstop Isaac Nuti ended the scoring on a sacrifice fly as well, capping the 4-0 win.
As a testament to Pitts' dominance, the only Lions to record hits were the powerful trio of Brock Hebert (1-for-3), Justin Boudreaux (1-for-4) and Jeff Harkensee (1-for-4), the top three hitters in the Lions’ lineup. Pinch hitter Joe Sparacino drew a walk late in the game to be the only other SLU base runner. Other than that, Pitts' three-hit shutout gem was enough to keep the Bobcats in a first place tie with Stephen F. Austin in the Southland Standings at 12-5.
Texas State plays again tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. in the rubber game. Colton Turner will start for the Bobcats, and Josh Janway goes for the Lions, with live game coverage on 89.9 FM KTSW, and ktsw.net
Mason Robinson, KTSW Assistant Sports Director
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