SAN MARCOS (April 16, 2013) -- The Baylor offense struggled in its first road game since March 26 as Texas State won 3-0 on Tuesday night at Bobcat Ballpark. Six Bobcats (16-20) pitchers combined to hold the Bears (19-18) to three hits on the day to end a four-game losing streak in the series.
“I thought they pitched it pretty well,” said BU Head Coach Steve Smith. “Some nights, you just have to give them credit and this was one of them. They ran a bunch of different guys out there that gave us different looks and did a nice job. There weren’t a lot of walks and they didn’t kick it around.”
Texas State jumped out to its 3-0 lead early as Baylor struggled with control on the mound. Starter Bobby McCormack (1-1) allowed a leadoff walk to start the game. Two singles later, the Bobcats had a 1-0 lead.
Then in the third, Mile Landry entered the game and walked his first batter as well. Texas State made the free pass hurt once again, this time getting a two-run homer from Cody Lovejoy. The three runs were all the Bobcats needed as their staff allowed just six base runners all game.
“We ran some guys out there early in the game that hadn’t pitched much,” Smith said. “I thought McCormack did a nice job once he got into the game a little bit. I was disappointed for Miles because I know how bad he wants to get it done and how hard he’s been working. That’s the problem with the whole nature of college baseball – we don’t play enough games to keep a lot of pitchers on any regular routine. That was the case tonight. It’s tough for them to always be as sharp as they’d like to be and you want them to be.”
Bobcats starter Mitchell Pitts (1-3) earned the win in three innings of work, allowing one hit with three strikeouts. Austen Williams followed with two innings of work, giving up a hit and walk. Covey Morrow (0.2), Lucas Humpal (1.1) and Donnie Hart (1.0) combined for a hitless three innings. Hunter Lemke finished the game after giving up a hit in the ninth inning en route to earning his sixth save.
Kolt Browder, Josh Michalec and Austin Stone provided solid relief work to give the Bears a chance, but nothing came of it as Baylor tied its season low in hits. Browder threw two scoreless innings. Michalec worked three scoreless frames, surrendering just a hit and walk. Stone threw a perfect eighth.
Offensively, Lawton Langford, Cal Towey, Adam Toth, Steve DalPorto and Brett Doe were the only Bears to reach base. Langford singled in the first inning. Towey reached on an error in the fourth and was hit by a pitch in the sixth. DalPorto singled and Doe walked in the fifth for
Baylor’s only threat of the game, but Logan Brown struck out swinging to end it. Toth roped a single with two outs in the ninth.
Baylor continues a five-game road trip this weekend at TCU with games on Friday at 6:30 p.m. CT, Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.